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93,000 Sony accounts accessed by hackers

93,000 Sony accounts accessed by hackers

Sony has revealed that 93,000 accounts were recently accessed by hackers.

Sony has revealed that around 93,000 Sony accounts have been accessed by hackers recently, forcing Sony to take steps to protect the security of the accounts in questions.

The 93,000 accounts span both Sony's PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment services, as well as Sony Online Entertainment. The total amounts to one tenth of one percent of total accounts, says Sony.

'Please note, if you have a credit card associated with your account, your credit card number is not at risk,' Philip Reitinger, VP and Chief Information Security Officer of the Sony Group, wrote on the PlayStation Blog.

Sony suffered a spate of other hacking attacks earlier this year when hackers forced Sony to take PSN offline to repair security flaws.

'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,' Reitinger said.

'We encourage you to choose unique, hard-to-guess passwords and always look for unusual activity in your account.'

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User-sam 12th October 2011, 12:06 Quote
No comment...
Paradigm Shifter 12th October 2011, 12:08 Quote
Oh, good, Sony compromised again.

And after all their careful additions to their EULA about "you can't sue us for..."
3lusive 12th October 2011, 12:09 Quote
2011 = public relations disaster for Sony
cjoyce1980 12th October 2011, 12:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by 3lusive
2011 = public relations disaster for Sony
+1

lessions haven't been learned yet i see
towelie 12th October 2011, 12:19 Quote
Did this really happen again? Even after they appointed a new security chief this stinks of inside job.Either that or there security polices and audits are a f***ing shame.What are they running a 20 year old unpatched Firewall. No IDS?
I almost feel bad for them but we don't know all the details.
Phalanx 12th October 2011, 12:21 Quote
HAH!
The_Beast 12th October 2011, 12:28 Quote
Truecrypt those file FFS
yassarikhan786 12th October 2011, 12:38 Quote
You need better security arrangements Sony. Good thing I have no card details saved on my PSN account :).
baronvongogo 12th October 2011, 12:47 Quote
I'm sure I read somewhere cant find what website now... that Sony was not hacked again but that they detected a large amount of accounts being accessed. They then disabled those accounts and people affected are getting asked to change their passwords.
baronvongogo 12th October 2011, 12:49 Quote
found it:
http://vividgamer.com/2011/10/12/sony-detects-massive-hacking-attempt-60000-psn-accounts-affected/

So details for accounts were obtained via other means and not a direct hack on the PSN network.
towelie 12th October 2011, 12:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by baronvongogo
found it:
http://vividgamer.com/2011/10/12/sony-detects-massive-hacking-attempt-60000-psn-accounts-affected/

So details for accounts were obtained via other means and not a direct hack on the PSN network.

Quote from the site Baronvongogo linked.

"Late last night Sony's Chief Information Security Officer, Philip Reitinger, released a statement on the PlayStation Blog informing users that Sony detected a massive hacking attempt. According to Sony, the hackers obtained a large amount of user data from other companies or websites. The hackers were attempting to sign-in to numerous accounts using ID and password pairs, and while the overwhelming majority of the pairs resulted in failed matching attempts there were still approximately 93 thousand accounts (globally) in which the hackers succeeded."
baronvongogo 12th October 2011, 12:55 Quote
hackers obtained a large amount of user data from other companies or websites.

I was just pointing out that PSN was not hacked though as was the case last time. User details where taken from other sources and they did detect the hacking attempt and with a lot of failed login attempts probably just had email addresses and using random password generator.
yassarikhan786 12th October 2011, 13:07 Quote
^^That's good to hear. I bet the people who did get hacked had their passwords as 'password' lol.
enciem 12th October 2011, 13:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by yassarikhan786
^^That's good to hear. I bet the people who did get hacked had their passwords as 'password' lol.

Everyone knows by now it's insecure to use such a password. Now they've all upgraded to password 01.

Damn it! Gotta change all my passwords now, 02 sounds good.
yassarikhan786 12th October 2011, 13:29 Quote
^^Lol. I use my own name :).
Eggy 12th October 2011, 14:11 Quote
For a tech site I would at least hope that news is reported correctly and we do not have to depend on users to correct it.
Raijin 12th October 2011, 16:31 Quote
And Sony's crappy security protocols fail again! Is anyone even remotely surprised by this? I'm laughing.
ecviper 12th October 2011, 18:37 Quote
i might have been one of those that tried to log-in a few times but failed as I forgot my password. usually have it on auto sign-in so had a couple of tries before getting it correct when i had to manually re-enter it.
Farfalho 12th October 2011, 18:48 Quote
BT, any comments about the info posted here about the fact that the Sony wasn't hacked directly?
Eggy 12th October 2011, 22:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Raijin
And Sony's crappy security protocols fail again! Is anyone even remotely surprised by this? I'm laughing.
It was Sony's "crappy security" that stopped the account theft, it was the users "crappy security" that made this possible.
fdbh96 12th October 2011, 22:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Eggy
It was Sony's "crappy security" that stopped the account theft, it was the users "crappy security" that made this possible.

To be fair, Sony should make people use letters and numbers like many places are doing now.
kzinti1 13th October 2011, 04:16 Quote
I doubt that the world will end on 12/12/2012 but I pray that Sony sees an end to its own little insecure world by then.
Elton 13th October 2011, 06:06 Quote
If they have my information, I'll laugh. There's literally no link to anything important for me.
Juu 13th October 2011, 10:27 Quote
Just had an email from PSN saying my account was one of the 93,000 that got hacked.

Suppose it serves me right for being too lazy to change my password after the last time PSN got hacked?
damien c 13th October 2011, 13:12 Quote
Sony hacked again lol and after a email I got yesterday from Microsoft it would appear that the Microsoft servers have been as well.

Gamertag that has not been used for over 2 year's, has tried to buy Xbox Live Point's but the card on the account was cancelled ages ago and when I spoke to Microsoft they laughed and said it was my fault that someone got my account detail's of there server.

Watchdog for Microsoft and Sony again soon I think rofl!!
Phil Rhodes 13th October 2011, 16:55 Quote
But if they're asking people to choose unique, hard-to-guess passwords, that suggests that people are just using dictionary attacks.

If that's the case, it isn't Sony's fault, and I think they're being very generous by not saying so. If you choose to associate a credit card with the password "lollipop", you are an idiot.

And yes, by saying that, I'm calling a lot of people idiots, sadly.
PingCrosby 13th October 2011, 23:35 Quote
Can't they just leave Steps alone, its took em long enough to reform. C'mon H.
Blazza181 14th October 2011, 00:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by PingCrosby
Can't they just leave Steps alone, its took em long enough to reform. C'mon H.

Eh?
damien c 14th October 2011, 10:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by PingCrosby
Can't they just leave Steps alone, its took em long enough to reform. C'mon H.

WTH?

Somehow I think you posted that in the wrong place lol.
ecviper 14th October 2011, 11:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by damien c
Quote:
Originally Posted by PingCrosby
Can't they just leave Steps alone, its took em long enough to reform. C'mon H.

WTH?

Somehow I think you posted that in the wrong place lol.

it was a joke.
ev1lm1nd666 17th October 2011, 02:24 Quote
Ok, Sony's site wasn't hacked, but surely Sony should be making sure those other sites have adequate security in place, especially if they are used for storing user names and passwords....?
mikeuk2004 19th October 2011, 17:56 Quote
I thought I was reading the Daily Mirror for a moment there. Can wait for the diagrams.
Blazza181 19th October 2011, 17:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by ecviper
it was a joke.

Do explain. Pleaseeeeeeee?
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