Sony has admitted through a post on their Official Blog that Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment services is – yet again – under attack and it does seem like the perpetrators from the past are back, but this time they were detected. The statement Sony published states that the attacks have been going on since October 7 to 10 in which massive bursts of unauthorized sign-in attempts across 93,000 Sony accounts were detected.
Philip Reitinger, Chief Security Office at Sony, said that “the attempts appear to include a large amount of data obtained from one or more compromised lists from other companies, sites or other sources.” This would negate the possibility of the previous PSN hackers who allegedly acquired log in information and other vital personal information from the Sony PlayStation Network. Reitenger was quick to address that the data from this recent attack came from another source and not from the Sony Network because of the overwhelming majority of sign-in ID and password resulted in failed matching attempts.
Sony Spokesman Sean Yoneda also addressed the issue by negating the possibility of the recent attacks to be connected with the previous attacks in April, he pointed out that, “What happened in April was a breach on our servers as we said in our announcements. But this time around, there was no intrusion on our servers. This was … taking someone else’s identity and trying to use that to access our services.”
Less than one tenth of one percent (0.1%) of PSN, SEN and SOE audience may have been affected. There were approximately 93,000 accounts globally (PSN/SEN: approximately 60,000 accounts; SOE: approximately 33,000) As a precaution, Sony has temporarily locked all those accounts and sent e-mail notifications to those account holders requiring them to reset their passwords. The company also said credit card information was not at risk as a result of these attempts.