Sony hit by hackers again, 93,000 SOE and PSN accounts locked

Massive ID and password matching attempt detected, data did not come from them, Sony says
Darren Allan

October 12, 2011

Sony has been hit by another large scale cyber-attack this week.

Earlier in the year, the company was forced to take the PlayStation Network down for a few weeks after a serious security breach, and the same was true of the Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) platform.

Both PSN and SOE are affected in this latest attack, which has been launched against Sony’s rebuilt and more secure network system.

However, it seems Sony’s systems weren’t at fault in divulging passwords and user details this time around, or so the company claims.

In a statement, Sony said it had detected a large scale attempt to use a set of IDs and passwords to access accounts. The data used against the network mostly failed to match logins with accounts, so Sony says it’s likely the data came from another source and wasn’t obtained from their database.

Sony noted: “These attempts appear to include a large amount of data obtained from one or more compromised lists from other companies, sites or other sources. We have taken steps to mitigate the activity.”

However, some accounts were successfully accessed, 93,000 in total across the globe. 60,000 of those were PSN accounts, the rest SOE. All those accounts which were cracked have been temporarily locked down – and Sony reckons only a small number actually showed any activity before being locked.

Sony added: “We are currently reviewing those accounts for unauthorized access, and will provide more updates as we have them. Please note, if you have a credit card associated with your account, your credit card number is not at risk.”

“We will work with any users whom we confirm have had unauthorized purchases made to restore amounts in the PSN/SEN or SOE wallet.”

If your account was one of those affected, you should have had an email from Sony regarding the issue.


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