Sony have suffered yet another security breach which has resulted in 93,000 PlayStation Network and SOE games service accounts being locked after unauthorised sign-in attempts. The unknown hackers managed to verify a number of members IDs and passwords. Those affected will be glad to see that their credit card details were not at risk.
This latest attack that occurred between 7th and 10th October isn’t on the same scale as to previous security breaches. On their website, Sony stated “less than one tenth of one percent of users across the three networks may have been affected in the latest incident.”
Chief information security officer Philip Reitinger stated that “We are currently reviewing those accounts for unauthorized access, and will provide more updates as we have them. He later added that “Only a small fraction of these 93,000 accounts showed additional activity prior to being locked.”
Sony has started the procedure of informing those affected by sending an email which instructs them to reset their password in order to reduce the possibility of such a breach occurring again. It has been speculated that the information leading to the data breach may have been taken from other companies but so far Sony has refused to comment on this as their investigation continues.
This latest case is one that Sony really could have done without as they attempt to regain the trust of millions of people after a string of security breaches. The most prominent breach occurred in April when hackers stole details of 77 million gamers which resulted in the PSN being shut down by Sony for 40 days.