Oh goodie, if fricking begins again. (Playstation related)

RatRace123

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I was just in the thread that was about XBOX LIVE accounts getting hacked

Here if you haven't seen it yet:
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.317318-Xbox-LIVE-hack-doing-the-rounds?page=1
If you have an XBOX, you should check this thread too.

So, in a bout of paranoia I went to go change some info on my Xbox account. It struck me that since the hacking attempts on PSN over the summer I hadn't yet changed my playstation account info, so as I was attempting to do this I got a message saying the site was down.

I checked Sony's news feed and saw that this was just posted today:

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/10/11/an-important-message-from-sonys-chief-information-security-officer/#utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=an-important-message-from-sonys-chief-information-security-officer

We want to let you know that we have 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. These attempts appear to include a large amount of data obtained from one or more compromised lists from other companies, sites or other sources. In this case, given that the data tested against our network consisted of sign-in ID-password pairs, and that the overwhelming majority of the pairs resulted in failed matching attempts, it is likely the data came from another source and not from our Networks. We have taken steps to mitigate the activity.

Less than one tenth of one percent (0.1%) of our PSN, SEN and SOE audience may have been affected. There were approximately 93,000 accounts globally (PSN/SEN: approximately 60,000 accounts; SOE: approximately 33,000) where the attempts succeeded in verifying those accounts? valid sign-in IDs and passwords, and we have temporarily locked these accounts. Only a small fraction of these 93,000 accounts showed additional activity prior to being locked. 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.

As a preventative measure, we are requiring secure password resets for those PSN/SEN accounts that had both a sign-in ID and password match through this attempt. If you are in the small group of PSN/SEN users who may have been affected, you will receive an email from us at the address associated with your account that will prompt you to reset your password.

Similarly, the SOE accounts that were matched have been temporarily turned off. If you are among the small group of affected SOE customers, you will receive an email from us at the address associated with your account that will advise you on next steps in order to validate your account credentials and have your account turned back on.

We want to take this opportunity to remind our consumers about the increasingly common threat of fraudulent activity online, as well as the importance of having a strong password and having a username/password combination that is not associated with other online services or sites. We encourage you to choose unique, hard-to-guess passwords and always look for unusual activity in your account.

Basically it's saying a small number of accounts were hacked into. Now it's only a small number, but it could be something that leads to a higher number, or maybe it isn't. Either way if you're one of the small group who was affected, follow the steps listed above and to everyone else with a PSN account, be on the watch for fraudulent activity.

So, I have to say: What the hell hackers? Can you really not leave gamers alone? Is this something you just have to do?
This just pisses me off again, like the last wave of hacking did. You'd really think that we would be better protected against this.
 

AgentBJ09

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RatRace123 said:
I was just in the thread that was about XBOX LIVE accounts getting hacked

Here if you haven't seen it yet:
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/forums/read/18.317318-Xbox-LIVE-hack-doing-the-rounds?page=1
If you have an XBOX, you should check this thread too.
Just did. My account is fine, and unchanged at that.

I've never used a credit card to buy points in the past.
 

the spud

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Why does everybody so love pissing in our cheerios? This is just getting ridiculious.
 

Roxas1359

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Just saw the report myself. I don't know if my account has been hacked yet, but I never put a credit card on my consoles. The bad thing is that if I lose the money I actually have on my account I'll be sad.
 

superpirson

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the funny part is that the fault lies not in sony's security, but instead in consumer ignorance when it comes to passwords.
see: http://xkcd.com/936/
now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go change my password.