Sony denies PSN has been hacked again

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In 2011, Sony’s PlayStation Network was hacked, and a staggering 77,000,000 accounts were compromised with personal details (including addresses, passwords, and security questions) accessed. This apparently included children’s accounts created by a parent or guardian. It was the largest security failing by far that any console network has ever seen, and it resulted in PSN being taken entirely offline for an eyebrow-raising three weeks. In an apparent attempt to fix the problem without admitting to it, Sony were unforgivably slow to admit having been hacked. Because of this, every time since then that PSN has experienced an unannounced outage (which has happened multiple times), some people become suspicious; especially on the occasions that no explanation is offered.

Now, there is reason to believe that PSN users have had their accounts accessed illegally again.

Although not on the scale of the 2011 hack, many PSN users over the last 48 hours or so have reported that they have been locked out of their accounts, with the registered e mail address changed. Those who have credit card details registered with the Sony network are also claiming that funds have been taken (some have reported that they have already been refunded).

Although the mainstream gaming press seems to be oddly quiet on the issue, BBC News has already reported it. Sony quickly responded to the BBC, saying in part:

We routinely monitor for irregular activity, and if such activity is detected, we may sometimes reset passwords of affected accounts to protect users and their account information.

It’s worth noting that Professor Alan Woodward, a cybersecurity expert who spoke to the BBC, thinks it unlikely that we’re looking at a 2011-style system wide hack:

There are two ways this could happen: either someone has got into Sony’s central systems, which have been compromised before, or people’s individual systems have been compromised […] If there had been some kind of central breach, the dark web would have been alight with it and we in the industry would be aware of it by now, I have not seen anything.

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Written by Luke K

Luke plays lots of videogames, now and again stopping to write about them. He's the editor in chief at Critical Gamer, which fools him into thinking his life has some kind of value. Chances are, if you pick up a copy of the latest Official PlayStation Magazine or GamesMaster, you'll find something he's written in there. Luke doesn't have a short temper. If you suggest otherwise, he will punch you in the face.

One comment

  1. KrazyFace /

    Can’t say this surprises me. I’ve moved house and happen to be without wifi (again) and a close friend on my PSN friend’s list noticed I’d been online for quite a while; which is impossible given my console was switched off and without wifi. She also was aware of my situation which is why she alerted me via text message. I gave her my details and she changed my password etc for me but my account remained online. I assumed it was just some kind of glitch.

    Since the Great PSN Hack however, I’ve never given Sony any of my bank details since so if my account has been compromised, all they’ll get from me is a few PSN credits and an old address.

    Here’s hoping fellow gamer’s details are safe and if not, I hope Sony handle this better than the last shameful hoo-ha.

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