Sony finally caught a security breach before it could cause any real harm. This time, they detected the attempted breach and immediately alerted users. Their new chief information officer posted the news to the Sony blog. It states hackers use a “massive set of sign-in IDs and passwords against our network database,” while repeatedly failing. The attempts were made against the Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment network.
But, some accounts were affected, which have been temporarily locked. Users will need to reset their passwords in order to reactivate their accounts. Sony states that credit card numbers associated with accounts are not at risk. Some of the SOE accounts that were breached were turned off, so users will need to go through a reactivation process, where Sony will “advise you on next steps in order to validate your account credentials and have your account turned back on” via e-mail.
According to the post, “There were approximately 93,000 accounts globally (PSN/SEN: approximately 60,000 accounts; SOE: approximately 33,000) where the attempts succeeded in verifying those accounts’ valid sign-in IDs and passwords, and we have temporarily locked these accounts. Only a small fraction of these 93,000 accounts showed additional activity prior to being locked.”
This is a big accomplishment for Sony, since they’ve been getting hacked left and right for several months now. It started when Anonymous Operations launched OpSony in early April, after Sony pressed charges against hacker George “GeoHotz” Hotz, who jailbroke the PS3. Hotz is the hacker who developed the first iPhone jailbreaking application in 2007.
After the cyberattacks against its networks, Sony completely took PSN and Qriocity offline, angering hordes of gamers who were unable to play online games. Then Sony told everyone that their credit card database was compromised and things just got worse from there. (You can check out a timeline of the attacks and what happened through the link in previous paragraph).