Somebody’s Trying To Break Into Your PSN Account…Again

Somebody’s Trying To Break Into Your PSN Account…Again

Sony has just announced that it has detected someone trying to match “a massive set of sign-in IDs and passwords against our network database”.

In other words, people got hold of a massive list of usernames and passwords from somewhere else, and have been caught checking to see if you use the same username and password on the PlayStation Network.

According to Sony’s Chief Information Officer, “less than one tenth of one per cent (0.1%) of our PSN, SEN and SOE audience may have been affected”. IN raw number terms that means 93,000 accounts were accessed by someone other than the account holder, and as a result Sony has “temporarily locked these accounts”.

An Important Message From Sony’s Chief Information Security Officer [Sony]


    • fear monger much?
      excellent headline is excellent?
      how about: “are you an idiot who uses the same login for ‘facebook’* and your psn account? might be time to get some smarts”

  • Wow … really? thank god i hardly use any online service of PS3, and never added in any CC details or anything at all confidentional to it ….

    Now if only Xbox will admit to the account hacking/stolen profile and hurry up with sorting out my account

  • Sounds like someone is just testing information they got from phishing. If you haven’t given anyone your password then I am sure you are safe but you can always change your password anyway. Nothing like the original hack that had them steal information, this is more like brute forcing.

    • Yeah, the article states pretty clearly they got the information from somewhere else. For all we know they got a bunch of Facebook (for example) logins and are hammering away at PSN trying to see how many people use the same email/password combination there that they use on Facebook.

      Nothing Sony or anybody else can do about that except detect it and take action to mitigate it (which they’ve done).

  • Not again… says something about us as people though and how inherently lazy we are. After reading the headline all I thought was ‘ geez I dont want to change over to XBOX, I just want my PS3 to work without risk of Identity theft’. So to put this in perspective; I wish Sony would do something about it even though they have dropped the ball more than once rather than me use common sense and leave to another network.

    • This time Sony are doing no wrong. This is affecting <0.1% of accounts and all someone is doing is trying a suspiciously large amount of usernames and passwords (that it seems they got from another source, such as facebook) and seeing if they get anywhere.

      This person does NOT have PSN usernames/passwords. If they did they would have gotten in. They've just found a random stash of usernames and passwords and decided to try them on PSN to see if these accounts exist and if they use the same passwords.

      Again, NOT Sony's fault.

  • This action has done more damage symbolically then it has done by attempting to gain information from peoples accounts. This indicates that for a second time a major incident has involved Sony and the PSN in regards to security and for some people that will be enough, regardless of whether it was successful or unsuccessful. It also dosen’t matter what sony has done (personally i think they did the right things – announce it fast, admit to it immediately and lock down the accounts and minimise damage) because for SOME people two times is just one time too many – especially i imagine for parents.

    All Sony can do is hope that this does not go mainstream…

    • This one is not Sony’s fault. If you read the article and/or other comments, you’d see that Sony did everything they could to block the use of data stolen from ELSEWHERE (i.e. not Sony’s PSN data).

      • Though you’re right. Inflammatory post images and people who only read the headlines…

        This probably has done a great deal of symbolic damage.

        • Yeah that is the point i am trying to get at. Like i said i think Sony has done everything that it can but for some people it won’t matter – the fact that it had occurred, especially for those who aren’t tech savvy and were effected by the first PSN breach will seriously reconsider ever using the PSN again at least.

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    • How is this funny for XBL-fags? Nothing even happened to PSN xD

      A small number of people use the same password for everything and need to change them, that’s all.

      learn2read, fanboy

    • Hey, look; Xbox Live was just hacked, and shit actually happened to people’s accounts. In This PSN breach, nothing happened. Yeah, PSN is more secure.

  • JUST GIVE UP ALREADY SONY….. what are they going to offer the effected ppl now……. wait a minute have a free month of dc online……. ooooo thats free already….. lucky for the new clause in the t’s and c’s heheheheh no class actions


        • What does this have to do with Sony? They didn’t give the information away. If you actually read the article, it states pretty clearly the got the information from somewhere ELSE and are just trying it speculatively on the off chance that people are using the same credentials on PSN that they’re using wherever this info came from.

          “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. ”

          You’d look like less of a tool if you actually read the article and the associated link.

  • the thing is i dont care for sony or its products, the term “once bitten” thats enough for me so im sorry Richard and Braaaains im no ones Butt slave as so nicley you put it

    Thank you for feed back has been file 13’ed


    • So when they give up on PSN and start using this same set of credentials to get into XBL and Steam then you’re just going to give up on online gaming altogether?

      • not at all. without getting to involed in the nitty gritty of things MS XBL, 256 bit……. which yet is to be broken, also has been regarded more secure then banks, gov agencies and NASA

        But as we all know with time and a lot of effort all can come undone

        • But all that 256 bot stuff won’t help them at all in case of an attack like this one, because it’s just somebody hammering away with a whole bunch of login details they got from somewhere else and seeing if they’ll work here as well.

          All they can do is detect the attack and try to put a stop to it by locking the affected accounts, which is exactly what Sony have done. The only way to actually prevent somebody from carrying out this kind of attack would be to stop legitimate users from logging in too, and that’s not much of a solution.

      • TBH unless there is a gaming crash which i am hoping for so the customers actually get some power back i will be giving up gaming soon. The reasons are well PC games will slowly but surely get region locked like EA games. You can not buy battlefield 3 online via digital distribution from green man gaming because its locked. What that does is give the gaming companies price gouging, believe me they will do it. Another reason would be the PSN pass, you really think that wont come to single player games as well.

        These are dark times for gamers and its only going to get worse. Take DLC for example everyone thinks its a great idea to pay more money for what should of been in the game at the start. Game is becoming more and more like the movie industry all about the bucks and no substance…. IMHO

  • Yeah, glad to have taken my details off PSN, never making that mistake again. No trust for Sony at all in regards for protecting my details

    • and this could be a result of something similar, details from else, massive force attempt to use the details on various websites to see if they get a match!

  • It seems to my like the new security measures they implemented seem to have worked. Caught early with minimum affects to users.

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