Today, Sony's PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment service are up and running in fine style, but if you rewind just a few months, you'll remember that it hasn't always been this way. Earlier this year, Sony suffered one of the worst cyber attacks on a company in recent memory. Millions of accounts were compromised, and Sony spent months cleaning up the mess. And according to a new press release by the company, someone is at it again.
Sony's Chief Information Security Officer (that's a title we wouldn't have wanted to have back in May), Philip Reitinger, revealed that someone with a large number of email and password combinations attempted to access the accounts of hundreds of thousands of PSN users. The attack resulted in roughly 93,000 accounts being fraudulently accessed, all of which have now been locked for security.
Given the small number of successful logins, Sony is quick to point out that the information used for the attack was not likely obtained from Sony or its affiliates, and probably originated elsewhere. To Sony's credit, the company appears to have learned its lesson from this year's snafu, where news of the attack was withheld and then only detailed once consumer outrage had reached its pinnacle. It's great to see that the company is doing its best to head this one off before it leads to confusion and additional headaches.
If you happen to have been one of the 93,000 PSN or SOE users whose count was breached, you'll be receiving an email directly from Sony with the steps you need to take to unlock your account and ensure it remains safe. And if you need some tips on making your passwords as secure as possible, let us guide you through it.
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