Sony suspends 93,000 online accounts due to unauthorized access, users data may have been compromised

By on Oct 12, 2011 in Gaming, Technology, United States, World Comments

There are currently around 93,000 Sony online accounts worldwide being suspended due to unauthorized access, with users data believed to have been compromised.

Image Credit: Sony PlayStation blog

As admitted by Sony on its official PlayStation blog on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, there were series of attempts in their network database from an unknown source and tons of accounts have been affected.

“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.” Sony Group SVP & Chief Information Security Officer Philip Reitinger was quoted on the report.

“These attempts appear to include a large amount of data obtained from one or more compromised lists from other companies, sites or other sources.” Reitinger added, noting that they detected tons of failed attempts of user ID-password match.

According to Sony, approximately 60,000 accounts from the about 93,000 suspended online accounts came from PlayStation Network (PSN) and Sony Entertainment Network (SEN).

On the other hand, the remaining around 33,000 accounts are from Sony Online Entertainment (SOE), with Sony noting that all the suspended accounts are less than one tenth of one percent (0.1%) of all the members of PSN, SEN, and SOE combined.

Sony said that those accounts with unauthorized access are now being reviewed, with only a small fraction of them appeared to have performed additional activity before they were suspended.

As a preventive action, Sony said that those PSN/SEN users that had both a sign-in ID and password match will be required to secure password resets and will receive an email along with their accounts that will prompt them to reset their passwords.

While Sony noted that they will release updates as soon as they become available, the company emphasized that credit card users’ accounts are safe and credit card numbers are not at risk.

Nevertheless, Sony promised to work with users whom they confirmed to have had unauthorized purchases made in the PSN/SEN or SOE wallet.

Apparently, Sony PlayStation Network users from US, Australia, Europe, Middle East, New Zealand, and Asia encountered the same problem early this year and resumed its operation last July.

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