Sony suffer second attempted attack. 60,000 PSN/SEN accounts at risk
In not at all good news it looks like someone’s tried to hack the PSN in a large and coordinated attack. In a post over on the US PlayStation blog Philip Reitinger, Sony Group’s SVP & chief information security officer, outlines the attack which has targeted PSN IDs and passwords.
In the post he says Sony “detected attempts on Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment (“Networks”) services to test a massive set of sign-in IDs and passwords against our network database” apparently with information from, “one or more compromised lists from other companies, sites or other sources”.
He says the attack was small, quoting that “less than one tenth of one percent (0.1%) of our PSN, SEN and SOE audience may have been affected” but then mentions that’s 93, 000 people – 60, 000 of which were PSN and SEN accounts. He says that accounts that were succesfully breached were locked and that credit cards aren’t at risk. However, worringly, he does mention that “We will work with any users whom we confirm have had unauthorized purchases made to restore amounts in the PSN/SEN or SOE wallet.”
Before you start eating your PSN details and phoning the bank you only have to worry if you get an email asking you to reset your password (checks… is okay).
Here’s the full post on the new PSN breach if you want to read it.