Remember back when the Playstation Network was safe and secure? – You can’t, I know since it’s been so long! Turns out, we’ll need to wait even longer for this sucker to be locked up tight as well!
The Playstation Network has reached an all new level of ridiculousness with this latest development. It was hacked… again.
Not even two days after Sony restored the PlayStation Network for most users worldwide, those devious hackers have once again started getting back to their mischievous ways, and giving Sony more hell. This time, they went after the password reset system for the PSN.
You may remember back from before, we told you that all users would be required to change they passwords upon re-entering the PSN when it opened back up. This was for security reasons, however this step, plus the unknown other steps Sony had taken to secure the system hasn’t really done anything.
News of this third, most recent attack were reported on Nyleveia.com, which warned PSN users that “accounts are still not safe.”
I want to make this clear to ALL PSN users. Despite the methods currently employed to force a password change when you first reconnect to the PlayStation network, your accounts still remain unsafe…
A new hack is currently doing the rounds in dark corners of the internet that allows the attacker the ability to change your password using only your account’s email and date of birth. It has been proven to me through direct demonstration on a test account, so I am without any shadow of a doubt that this is real.
With Nyleveia post there was some doubt about the validity of this… so naturally, we didn’t want to publish it. However, further tests by Eurogamer have actually proved that the breach was real. This prompted action from Sony, and they have now, In response, blocked PSN login access to a number of it’s sites, and the PSN password reset site is now offline.
Sony responded to the new attack (confirming it’s real), Stating:
Unfortunately this also means that those who are still trying to change their password via Playstation.com or Qriocity.com will be unable to do so for the time being.
This is due to essential maintenance and at present it is unclear how long this will take. In the meantime you will still be able to sign into PSN via your PlayStation 3 and PSP devices to connect to game services and view Trophy/Friends information.
Don’t get this confused with the last hack though, because it isn’t the same… not really anyways. Actually, this could potentially not be labeled as a hack at all, if you are into specifics and like getting technical with everything. The first time, they stole tons of personal information and obtained millions of people’s credit card information that could potentially cause lots of financial ruin… This time, they simply used the information they already had… and gained access again to our accounts using it.
On Monday, you may remember, Sony officially announced their plans to initiate a “Welcome Back” program, which includes tons of free stuff, like membership to Playstation Plus, two free games of our choice (from a list), and movie rentals too. With this recent development… It’ll be interesting to see what Sony does in response. Will they offer MORE? – Personally, I think their offer was awesome as it was. Moreover, it’ll be interesting to follow the processes of finally getting this secure again… and this time, for GOOD!
Although certain parts are down… gaming is still up and running. You can still easily log into your account, and play online…. as long as you didn’t forget your password. If you did, you’re screwed, because like I said… that part of the network is offline. HAVE FUN!
UPDATE: Sony reports now that there was no second hack. They claim that they took down the network, and that there was a simple exploit that was possiblw with the system. IT HAS BEEN FIXED! (source)
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