Sony resets 93,000 PSN and SOE accounts after huge hack attempt

Stop us if you've heard this one before: PlayStation Network hacked. It's happened again, only not as terrible as it was back in April. Sony says it has locked 93,000 PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment accounts after it detected a "massive set of sign-in IDs and passwords against [its] network database."

According to Sony, some crazy nut jobs out there are trying to steal PSN and SOE information by randomly testing usernames and passwords obtained from compromised companies. The only problem is that these geniuses tried to do it en masse and Sony figured it out.

Learning from its previous PSN hack disaster, Sony didn't wait to let everybody know.

93,000 accounts might seem like a lot, but Sony says it's only one tenth of one percent of its entire entertainment network services. Writing on the official PlayStation Blog, Sony's Chief Information Security Officer Philip Reitinger wrote:

There were approximately 93,000 accounts globally (PSN/SEN: approximately 60,000 accounts; SOE: approximately 33,000) where the attempts succeeded in verifying those accounts' valid sign-in IDs and passwords, and we have temporarily locked these accounts. Only a small fraction of these 93,000 accounts showed additional activity prior to being locked. We are currently reviewing those accounts for unauthorized access, and will provide more updates as we have them.

Reitinger says that no credit card numbers are at risk (at this time) and that Sony encourages anybody who is affected to change their passwords to "hard-to-guess" ones.

With the launch of the PS Vita coming up in Japan later this year, the last thing Sony needs is another hack attack. Sony just can't catch a break.

Via PlayStation Blog

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