Sony picks up on huge PSN hacking attempt

The PSN outage that took place earlier this year is now (thankfully) a distant memory, but it would seem that Sony aren’t out of the woods yet.

The company today reported (via the PlayStation Blog) that it had picked up on attempts to “test a massive set of sign-in IDs and passwords against our network database.”So says Philip Reitinger, Sony’s VP & Chief Information Security Officer. Sign-in IDs were apparently paired with different passwords and tested against the service, with the “overwhelming majority” apparently failing.

This has affected “less than one tenth of one percent (0.1%)” of the PSN, SOE and SEN community combined . As a result, approximately 93,000 accounts (60,000 PSN, 33,000 SOE) have been temporarily locked. Credit card info on these accounts is apparently not at risk, though Sony will work with those that have had any money that may have already been uploaded onto the accounts and thus spent by hackers. The company is currently working on acquiring password resets for all of these accounts.

It is thought that the list of details was comprised fromĀ other companies, sites or other sources.

Grim stuff, but it certainly seems like Sony has learnt its lesson in terms of keeping users up-to-date with this kind of activity after the massive hack earlier in the year.