And now a public service announcement: it seems that hackers have gotten ahold of sign-in information to Sony Entertainment Network, Sony Online Entertainment and the PSN. Sony had took notcie of multiple sign ins and re-sign ins on these services and have mitigated the activity.
Philip Reitinger, Sony's SVP & Chief Information Security Officer. states on the Playstation Blog that "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. "
As a preventive mesure, all accounts that have been affected will be locked and user will be notified by email to reset their password. He goes on to state that while there are some accounts that are attached to credit cards, that the credit card numbers are not as risk and are working to have those accounts who have unauthorized purchases to be restored in the respective services' wallets.
For those of you who have been affected by fradulent activity here are some helpful tips:
- Notify bank/credit company if you notice unsual activity
- Have a strong username/pasword combniation
- NEVER give out your personal information to those who claim to be Sony employees or to anyone for that matter
Now what is intresting is that it was mentioned that these creditinals where not obtained from Sony servers but from thrid party partners/sources. So that would mean that someone out there had their security hacked. For more info about the intrusion head on over to the Playstation blog.
Source: Playstation Blog