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New Sony Hack Attempt, 93K Accounts Compromised

Cue the torches and pitchforks once again.

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Sony’s Chief Information Security Officer, Phillip Reitinger, has taken to the official PlayStation Blog to make everyone aware that Sony’s online services may have been hacked again, affecting 93,000 users (roughly 0.1%) across services such as the PlayStation Network, Sony Entertainment Network and Sony Online Entertainment.

At this point in time, the damage done is not exactly known, but Reitinger and the rest of the security force working to resolve the issue seem to believe the hack is originating from outside Sony’s network, from one or more compromised lists from other companies, sites or sources.

“We want to let you know that we have detected attempts on Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment (“Networks”) services to test a massive set of sign-in IDs and passwords against our network database,” said Reitinger in his post on the PlayStation Blog. “These attempts appear to include a large amount of data obtained from one or more compromised lists from other companies, sites or other sources. In this case, given that the data tested against our network consisted of sign-in ID-password pairs, and that the overwhelming majority of the pairs resulted in failed matching attempts, it is likely the data came from another source and not from our Networks. We have taken steps to mitigate the activity.”

Any account that seems to have fishy activity currently going on has been temporarily locked out for further investigation. You’ll know if you’re one of the affected if you receive an email asking you to change your password for either your PSN, SEN or SOE accounts. Reitinger also makes mention that accounts with credit card information tethered to them are not at risk. But if you feel like fraudulent charges may have been made with your credit card, Sony will work with you to sort the situation out.

This is the perfect time to remind everyone: always stay on top of your credit card purchases and bills, and make sure your passwords are elaborate enough to turn away any would-be hackers. At least with this latest hacking attempt, Sony is being open about what is going on. It seems they learned their lesson from the hack that shall not be spoken of from earlier this year.

We’ll be back with more on this as it breaks.