Sony Network Database Overwhelmed by Mass Sign-In Attempt

on October 12, 2011 10:13 AM

Poor Sony can’t catch a break.

Early this morning, SVP and Chief Information Security Officer Philip Reitinger posted on the Playstation blog that the company has detected a series of mass sign-in attempts using IDs and passwords on Sony Entertainment Network, Playstation Network, and Sony Online Entertainment. Due to an “overwhelming majority” of failed ID and password pairs, Sony has concluded that the data was collected from outside their own Networks.

Sony assures members that all 93,000 accounts affected in the attempt have been locked, and only a small fraction had showed suspicious activity prior to being locked. Sony also stated that no credit card information is at risk and promised to provide updates as they have them. PSN/SEN users whose IDs and passwords were used will soon receive an email from Sony prompting them to reset their passwords. All SOE accounts used in the attempt have been turned off until those users re-validate their account credentials.

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