PSN Suffers Data Mining Attack, 93000 Accounts Compromised

by Mike Bendel October 11, 2011 @ 9:28 pm

Sony’s Chief Information Security Officer released a statement today warning users that it has detected attempts to brute force username and password combinations on PSN and associated Sony Online Entertainment services.

While PSN itself remains safe, Sony noted that the attackers successfully matched credentials with approximately 93,000 user accounts using data stolen from outside sources. Around 66K are tied to PSN, while the remaining 33K are SOE accounts. Sony has promptly disabled these accounts, noting that “only a small fraction of these 93,000 accounts showed additional activity prior to being locked.” Additionally, credit card details are not at risk.

“We are currently reviewing those accounts for unauthorized access, and will provide more updates as we have them. 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 unauthorized purchases made to restore amounts in the PSN/SEN or SOE wallet.”

Those affected will be prompted to change their PSN/SOE account password via email.

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