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Playstation network hit by new cyber attacks

Playstation network hit by new cyber attacks
Wednesday October 12 2011

Sony has confirmed that its PlayStation Network,Sony Entertainment Network and Sony Online Entertainment has bee hit by another cyber attack.

Sony said the attacks are much smaller than the high-profile breach that forced the closure of the network earlier this year, the company says that around 93,000 accounts were compromised in this latest incident.

Sony has confirmed that no credit card data was stolen and that it will reimburse anyone who found credit debited from their account following this new breach.

In a statement, Sony said: “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.”


“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,” Sony continued.

“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.”

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