Sony: New PSN Attack Affects "1/10th Of 1% Of Customers"
Yes, it's another day in the wonderful world of cyberattacks and digital fraud.
It seems Sony has been targeted again, as Chief Information Security Officer Philip Reitinger has confirmed unauthorized activity on the Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network, and Sony Online Entertainment ("Networks") services.
These were attempts on the networks to "test a massive set of sign-in IDs and passwords" against Sony's database; the attempts include "a large amount of data obtained from one or more compromised lists from other companies, sites or other sources." And as the data tested consisted of sign-in ID-password pairs and that most resulted in failed matching attempts, Sony had to recognize the threat.
Reitinger adds that less than one tenth of one percent (0.1%) of PSN, SEN, And SOE customers have been affected by this. Around 93,000 total worldwide accounts have been locked temporarily after the attempts managed to verify valid sign-in IDs and passwords, and "only a small fraction" of those accounts showed any additional activity. Sony is currently checking those accounts for unauthorized access. Also, one final, very important note from Reitinger:
"If you have a credit card associated with your account, your credit card number is not at risk."
For prevention purposes, Sony will ask for secure password resets for the PSN/SEN accounts that had both a sign-in ID and password match via this attempt. If you're one of the few who have been affected, you'll receive an e-mail from Sony at the address connected with your account, and you'll be asked to reset your password. Lastly, the SOE accounts that were matched have been "temporarily turned off."
Like I said before, I kinda miss the good ol' days of Super Nintendos and you know, privacy.
10/12/2011 9:52:15 AM Ben Dutka