Sony troubled waters at home, which again has been attacked by unknown hackers, likely to target security system PlayStation Network.

This time the Nissan faced a curious case of “bruteforcing” mass, that is, PSN's servers have been experiencing sharp increases of login attempts, pairs of “username:password” from various parts of the world, Sony has this suspicious, investigating who has discovered that some of these couples had already been targeted in previous attacks, so there’ a counter-offensive was immediately to remedy the damage done by hackers:

Over 93000 accounts were “test” so, and of course those who reported a correct login were identified by hackers, and also by Sony, and as a countermeasure adopted a forced password reset email, apologized to the owners of the account.

It seems that the servers of the Japanese are not quite so’ closed to avoid incidents such as these, but in any case at least this time, no sensitive data was recovered (such as credit cards).

The official statement released by Sony is the following:

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. 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.

Less than one tenth of one percent (0.1%) of our PSN, SEN and SOE audience may have been affected. 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. 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.

As a preventative measure, we are requiring secure password resets for those PSN/SEN accounts that had both a sign-in ID and password match through this attempt. If you are in the small group of PSN/SEN users who may have been affected, you will receive an email from us at the address associated with your account that will prompt you to reset your password.

Similarly, the SOE accounts that were matched have been temporarily turned off. If you are among the small group of affected SOE customers, you will receive an email from us at the address associated with your account that will advise you on next steps in order to validate your account credentials and have your account turned back on.

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




As always, Sony has wasted no time to reiterate the fact of choosing combinations of usernames and passwords are not shared with other accounts on the network, and think of a password very difficult and complex, so as not to be simply “attempted” as this time.