Rather than taking a whole week to tell us this time, Sony’s Chief Security Officer, Philip Reitinger, has alerted the world to an attempted breach of the PlayStation Network.
Someone appears to have taken a large number of password and ID pairs and used those to attempt to access PSN accounts.
By the numbers, less than one-tenth of one percent of PSN/SEN/SOE accounts have been affected — 93,000 accounts around the world were cracked as a result of this method — and all accounts that were hit during this attack have been locked. Upon logging in, you’ll have to change your PSN password (again), or if it was your SOE account that got hit, it’s been temporarily turned off and you’ll have to verify your identity before it can be turned on.
In his post, Reitinger noted that, “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.”
Once again, the moral of the story is that you should always choose unique passwords. Especially when your money might be involved.
At least this doesn’t involve them turning off the network for a month, right, guys? Right?