And here we go again. Last night Sony announced that 33,000 SOE accounts have been locked down after detecting a mass, attempted sign-in by a third party using stolen IDs and passwords. Not only that, but an additional 60,000 accounts of the company’s PSN/SEN networks have been also locked down, which brings us to a total of 93,000 locks.
According to Philip Reitinger, Sony’s chief information security officer, this is less than one tenth of one percent of their audience and the company is currently reviewing some accounts – that showed additional activity prior to being locked – for unauthorized access, and will provide more updates as soon as they have them.
All SOE accounts that were matched have been temporarily turned off and if you are among the small group of affected SOE customers, you will receive an email from us at the address associated with your account that will advise you on next steps in order to validate your account credentials and have your account turned back on.
Philip reassured everyone that users credit-card details were not at risk but, as a preventative measure, a small proportion would require password resets. Philip also reminded everyone the importance of having a strong password and a username/password combination that is not associated with other online services or sites.
So if you are one of those that were affected, make sure to check your inbox!