Sony PlayStation Network hacked again by resetting user passwords

May 18, 2011 by John Messina, weblog
With Sony's PlayStation Network back online only a few days, attackers have breached the system for a third time. This time going for a vulnerability with the system's password reset.

( -- Only a few days after Sony brought their PlayStation Network back on-line hackers have shown that the PSN is still vulnerable to attacks. This time around hackers have reset user account passwords by using their email address and date of birth.

News of this third attack first appeared on which warned users that their accounts are still not safe. According to “…the exploit involves a vulnerability in the reset form currently implemented, not properly verifying tokens”.

has since then blocked PSN login access to a number of its site, and the PSN password reset site has also been taken offline. The company has stated: “unfortunately this also means that those who are still trying to change their password via .com or will be unable to do so for the time being.”

Sony went on to say, "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."

According to website: “I would suggest that you secure your accounts now by creating a completely new that you will not use anywhere else, and switching your PSN account to use this new email.”

"You risk having your account stolen, when this hack becomes more public, if you do not make sure that your PSN account's email is one that cannot be affiliated with or otherwise traced to you."

It would seem that Sony has a lot more work ahead of them. Their customers are going to less likely believe them when they say that their network is now secure.

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4.4 / 5 (9) May 18, 2011
Their customers are going to less likely believe them when they say that their network is now secure.

Understatement of the week!! :)
2.5 / 5 (4) May 18, 2011
maybe if sony is willing to spend a bit more money to achieve security instead of banking on customers inertia and hackers far no luck though.
2.3 / 5 (3) May 19, 2011
Getting hacked turned out great! Sony giving us lots of freebies

Pick 2 PS3 games for free-
Dead Nation
Super Stardust HD
Wipeout HD + Fury

Pick 2 PSP games-
LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
ModNation Racers
Pursuit Force
Killzone Liberation

A selection of On Us rental movie titles will be available to PlayStation Network customers over one weekend, where Video Service is available. Those titles will be announced soon.

30 days free PlayStation Plus membership for non PlayStation Plus subscribers.
Existing PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive an additional 60 days of free subscription.

PlayStation Home will be offering 100 free virtual items. Additional free content will be released soon, including the next addition to the Home Mansion personal space, and Ooblags Alien Casino, an exclusive game.
1 / 5 (2) May 19, 2011
Looks like this neverending security fiasco digs a deeper hole for Sony's PS division - this might be a one way ticket.

Xbox has pretty much taken over. Kinect has Nintendo upping their game...perhaps Apple will enter the gaming console arena or get lucky and buy PS from Sony. I bet Apple could turn it around!

not rated yet May 19, 2011
How many of their customers have had their credit card data exposed? I would cancel my service if this happened to me. F--- them!
not rated yet May 19, 2011
I do so love the PS3 -- it is a superior system to Xbox -- no overheating issue -- the shear processing power of the processors that has NEVER been used to full capacity by any game out there ---

BUT this ... this is a little rediculous,

Beyond rediculous... we may not see a PS4 because of things like this, I say Sony has to get this network security thing figured out QUICK.. like yesterday... and the quality of their titles by year end better be far superior to Xbox otherwise this maybe a gameover for my favorite console.

Xbox has a lot of issues but the one thing they got perfect was the online gaming portion.
1 / 5 (1) May 19, 2011
Um hacked? what a misleading title! this is a prank using information they stole during the actual hack... great journalism there buddy.

yellowdart, I completely agree!
not rated yet May 19, 2011
@Wiser then i

Do a search for Apple Bandai Pippin. They are better off sticking with the iphone as a gaming system.
1 / 5 (1) May 23, 2011
it is a superior system to Xbox -- no overheating issue

Eh, I think they had recent reports of PS3s overheating with the new LA Noire game.

That aside, I agree with you. MS although charges for theirs, it helps fund better security and a better online experience.

Sony's is free, and in this case you get what you pay for.

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