Sony Reveals 93,000 PSN User Accounts Have Been Subject To Unauthorised Access
Written Wednesday, October 12, 2011 By Richard Walker
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93,000 PSN accounts have been accessed by unauthorised users, Sony has revealed, affected less than one-tenth of a percent (0.1%) of PlayStation Network, Sony Entertainment Network and Sony Online Entertainment users. Of these 93,000 accounts accessed, 60,000 were PSN/SEN accounts, while the other 33,000 were SOE accounts.

Sony has since taken action, temporarily locking the affected accounts and is taking steps to investigate this latest hack attempt. "Only a small fraction of these 93,000 accounts showed additional activity prior to being locked. We are currently reviewing those accounts for unauthorised access, and will provide more updates as we have them," writes Sony Group's VP & Chief Information Security Officer, Philip Reitinger. "Please note, if you have a credit card associated with your account, your credit card number is not at risk. We will work with any users whom we confirm have had unauthorised purchases made to restore amounts in the PSN/SEN or SOE wallet."

Sony is resetting passwords as a "preventative measure", meaning that should you be in the unlucky group of affected 0.1% PSN users, you'll receive an email prompting you to change your password.

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

[Via PlayStation Blog]


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Comment #1 by Lordilson
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 04:46:54 AM
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I was sadly part of the 0.1% and was wondering why my password didn't work.

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Comment #2 by Butch
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 04:52:05 AM
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I must say that Sony was very quick to eliminate this threat tbh. :)

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Comment #3 by fletchar2
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 04:52:52 AM
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Wow, this is too little, too late from Sony. Presumably the accounts have been locked since the hacks a few months ago so I doubt many people in this situation aren't aware. Then again, I have had a lot of spam emails recently that I hadn't had before..

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Comment #4 by Pingeh
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 04:53:51 AM
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i wonder how this will affect the people that are gamesharing xD

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Comment #5 by fletchar2
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 04:55:11 AM
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Second thoughts, is this a new hack then?

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Comment #6 by Tostigroover
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 04:59:40 AM
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Good job, Sony. No sarcasm. I honestly think you did a good job. Very few people affected, you are on top of the situation immediately (even though the passwords were not stolen from their own network) and the announcement followed immediately. While the hackers do not seem to have learned anything, you did.

For the interested, some thoughts on passwords for websites.

@ Pingeh

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Comment #7 by Vuule
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 05:13:52 AM
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Time for the media (don't mean PS3T ;)) to blow this out of proportions in 3, 2, 1..

Still able to login :)

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Comment #8 by dane83
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 05:23:57 AM
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Can't believe people think this is ok. Does no one remembers a few months back when there was a major hack. Sony should have sorted this out. Funny how xbox does not seem to get this sort of thing very often.

This simply is not good enough and will this be another scenario whereby Sony says 0.01% but the true figure is more vast.

I think Sony should think long and hard if they want to keep people interested in ps3 cos I bet a lot of ppl will be put off.

How about free games for the affected and I don't mean the cheap ass psn stuff that no one really wants.

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Comment #9 by DSB1983
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 05:39:42 AM
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@Dane83 you are ridiculous. Every time something minuscule happens gamers like you always throw your hands out for free stuff... Grow up.

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Comment #10 by Napoleon1814
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 05:41:58 AM
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Shoot i cant find out for a few days if Im affacted...

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Comment #11 by Wolfwood
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 06:07:08 AM
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lol i was part of the smart % before it was made public all i did was reset my pass on my own :/

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Comment #12 by Wolfwood
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 06:08:37 AM
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lack of edit button ftw i meant to say small* now smart xD anyways @8 please grow up >_>

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Comment #13 by gaviota1195
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 06:13:34 AM
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Im not infected!!!(Just checked right now and I did not mean to brag and offend)Im really proud that you have gotten the situation in control fast Sony.

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Comment #14 by Macthillien
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 06:25:04 AM
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Ok, when I come home, if I'm not affected I'm changening it to somthing redicules. xD

I'm proud of Sony, and even if I'm among the 0.1%, I'll still play on my PS3 :)

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Comment #15 by gaviota1195
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 06:26:30 AM
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@14 Same thing for me if I was infected. PS3 FTW!!!

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Comment #16 by xX_shoemaker_Xx
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 07:03:06 AM
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did the idiots complaining even read the article, or did you just see "sony...accounts...unauthorized access" and begin trolling?? the article doesn't even say that the accounts were actually broken in to! it simply says that someone/something used a username/password pairing from another website and tried to access accounts. meaning, someone/something probably hacked something like hotmail, then took those same usernames and passwords and tried accessing psn accounts with them to see how many idiots use the same passwords for all their online activity. seriously, if people are going to be this stupid (directed at those that complain about this, like #3 and #8), then please do us all a favor and trade your ps3 for an xbox360, so we never have to deal with you in an online game! /rant

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Comment #17 by platinumANDtrhophyHUNTER7
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 07:07:18 AM
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can they hack me even if i have a 27 letter long password? :)

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Comment #18 by ItIsKimpan
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 08:37:21 AM
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@8 Cause sHITBOX is constantly hacked!

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Comment #19 by Fragpuss
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 08:39:56 AM
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people are so quick to jump on the "haha sony got hacked" bandwagon when in reality they weren't hacked, like #16 says, someone who hacked another site and got a list of usernames/passwords etc, went onto psn to see how many people use the same email/password combo for there, that doesn't mean sony got hacked at all, hell it's just the same as watching a friend enter their password, then going home and replicating their account and accessing it, does that mean you hacked sony? of course it fucking doesn't you ignorant morons.

Grow up and stop your petty public outrage over something that hasn't even happened... but then those people are never the kind to check the facts first

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Comment #20 by Blowy McPot
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 09:27:10 AM
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Look at my cup of care, oh look! It's empty! As long as good ol' Sony solves it, i couldn't give a fuck less.

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Comment #21 by amoremorte
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 09:45:44 AM
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I guess Sony learnt from their mistakes, good job ^_^

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Comment #22 by fletchar2
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 10:10:06 AM
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@16 Stop making assumptions.

1) I use different passwords online so please do not refer to me as stupid

2) In my first post (if you even read properly) it clearly suggests that I thought it was a release of information from over the summer hacks that caused PSN to be down for a few weeks.

"/ rant"

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Comment #23 by Vex009
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 11:59:16 AM
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Swooping in to take advantage of a situation with your free shit demands? You're no better than the hackers. How dare Sony be victims! Give me free stuff!


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Comment #24 by xX_shoemaker_Xx
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 12:16:13 PM
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@ 22
actually, i wasn't calling YOU stupid over the password thing, i was calling YOU stupid for the "too little too late sony" comment (thinking you were saying it took them too long to say what happened). so i'll take that comment back as it was a misunderstanding. but, while you say i "can't read properly," maybe if you'd learn to type a proper paragraph, people wouldn't have issues reading your posts and misinterpret them. oh, and by the way, if you think sony is JUST NOW releasing information about the psn hacks that happened FIVE MONTHS AGO, then you are stupid..

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Comment #25 by celery distraction
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 01:20:21 PM
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its nice to see sony was able to efficiently deal with this.... i honestly am just so sick of hackers, i feel as if to be a hacker your are the sleeziest of the sleezy >:0

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Comment #26 by Baloth
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 01:59:47 PM
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"the overwhelming majority of the pairs resulted in failed matching attempts"

Hmm, I'm not sure how this works but I was always under the impression this sort of information gets stored together on crappy websites. I'm having a laugh here but I guess I'll have to review the way I think coding or scripting or whatever works.

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Comment #27 by WINAS3
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 02:07:47 PM
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Guess id better check my e-mail.

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Comment #28 by CampKiIIYourself
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 02:18:04 PM
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I just wish sony would start doing something about people with custom firmware that are using it to cheat in online games.

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Comment #29 by Roxton
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 02:23:48 PM
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Not everyone locked out was affected. I got kicked mid-game and it told me invalid password. Sony support was closed when it happened so I waited till thismorning to call since I never got an email. After 20 minutes with a rep, they couldn't figure out why my account was locked. But they did assure me that I wasn't affected and nobody attempted to change any of my data. I think my biggest gripe is she told me it will take 24-48 hours for them to fix my account. Oh well.. Guess I'll play something on Steam for now.

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Comment #30 by Beanietheman PST
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 02:56:19 PM
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HERE WE FUCKING GO AGAIN.... god damn it target microsoft nobody likes them anymore.... or at least nintendo for gods sake JUST LEAVE US ALONE !!!!

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Comment #31 by Ethereal Monarch
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 04:01:04 PM
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Meh, not that bad. But just to show you that there are twisted people out there. I got message from a "witheld" person claiming to work for sony and asked me for my details to confirm what I entered. Two things made me know he was a hacker, for one he has a TROPHY on his account. Even if he/she is informing via message, the person involved wouldn't even have a PS account. The second thing is, I just reset my password (note this was the first thing sony had us do). Yeah, major fail.

On topic, I have to admit the recovery time wasn't bad at all.

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Comment #32 by Terminator
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 06:19:14 PM
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I just wish this scum would leave us alone!

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Comment #33 by Shadowrider50
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 10:14:40 PM
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My password is 28 characters long.
And that is the maximum length of any password.
My friend got hacked once , made me happy since he would never stop begging to me to get him some trophies or level him up on cod and many other things.

If anyone else signs into your account, just keep resigning in if a hacker signs in and if you have a password with 10+ characters, the hacker won't have enough to time to change your password as long as you keep signing in when you're signed out until the hacker gives up.

I suspect the hackers are using something like bruteforce and a dictionary on a jailbroken ps3. Sony should have preventive measures against that.

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Comment #34 by tincann
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 @ 11:09:47 PM
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They Did Attack Nintendo on the 1st day of E3. Multiplayer was affected & no on noticed. :)

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Comment #35 by Terminator
Thursday, October 13, 2011 @ 04:22:35 PM
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I guess this means they'll be another security update soon.

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