New PSN Account Exploit Reported
It seems we're not clear of all the hacking idiocy just yet.
Various sources have reported a simple exploit that lets hackers change your password using only your PSN account e-mail and date of birth.
As we all know, that information was compromised when the Network was attacked last month. According to Eurogamer citing Nyleveia.com, Sony has made the PSN sign-in unavailable for several of its websites, including PlayStation.com. For the time being, it's down for maintenance, and Sony issued this statement:
"Unfortunately this also means that those who are still trying to change their password via Playstation.com or Qriocity.com will be unable to do so for the time being. This is due to essential maintenance and at present it is unclear how long this will take. In the meantime you will still be able to sign into PSN via your PlayStation 3 and PSP devices to connect to game services and view Trophy/Friends information."
Sony did make it clear that such maintenance does not affect PSN-enabled consoles; only the website you click through to from the password verification e-mail message. Currently, the recommendation is that you use a new e-mail for your PSN account, as there's no knowing if the hackers - who may have your information - will try to change your password and hijack your account.
We figure Sony will provide some sort of update at some point.
5/18/2011 12:00:36 PM Ben Dutka