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Wednesday, 12 October 2011 10:09

Sony locks down accounts after hacks

Written by Nick Farell


Large numbers of sign ups


Sony has locked down thousands of user accounts after it had detected a large number of unauthorised sign-ins on its PlayStation Network (PSN), Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) and Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) services.

This all happens six months after the company suffered a massive security breach in which millions of users had personal data stolen. Sony chief information security officer Philip Reitinger said that there were approximately 93,000 accounts where the attempts succeeded in verifying those accounts’ valid sign-in IDs and passwords, and we have temporarily locked these accounts.

Only a fraction of these 93,000 accounts showed activity prior to being locked. Sony is looking at those accounts for evidence of unauthorized access, and will provide more updates as we have them, he said. Sony will send email notifications to the affected account holders informing them of the need to reset passwords or giving instructions on how to validate their accounts. It said that credit card details were safe.

Nick Farell

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