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Sony Hit Again in New Security Breach

Posted Oct 12, 2011 by Suzie Ford

Sony Hit Again in New Security Breach

A new security attack has been launched against both the PlayStation Network and Sony Online. Over 100 million accounts were targeted, with nearly 100k breached in the latest attack on the gaming giant. The attacks spanned October 7-10.

The current attack appears to be somewhat less sophisticated than the one launched previously this year. According to, attackers ran a program that "guesses" user passwords. The attempt ran through Sony's complete account database but was "only" able to access 93,000 accounts.

Sony has been working diligently to restructure its security system after a massive attack and subsequent shutdown of all Sony and PSN services earlier this year.

More information was revealed in the Sony company blog from the new head of security, Philip Reitinger:

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.

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.

Read more at the links above.

Suzie Ford / Suzie is the Associate Editor and News Manager at Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom

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