According to Philip Reitinger, Sony’s Chief Information Security Office, PSN accounts have been compromised once again. 93,000 accounts globally were compromised and quickly locked by Sony. The data for the accounts was stolen from an external source, not Sony. There was an overwhelming amount of attempts made against Sony’s authentication servers that failed. The percentage of accounts that were successfully authenticated against Sony’s database were only .1% of all PSN accounts.
Reitinger added, “Please note, if you have a credit card associated with your account, your credit card number is not at risk. We will work with any users whom we confirm have had unauthorized purchases made to restore amounts in the PSN/SEN or SOE wallet.”
This is the result of a list that may have been passed around to hacker sites after the original security breach earlier last summer. Some PSN users may have already received emails from Sony detailing the issue and asking for them to reset their password. If we’ve learned anything from this, creating a new password after PSN was restored was a necessity. It seems like the data being used for the current breach is old.