PlayStation Network Hacked

September 5, 2017
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PlayStation Network was hacked, but by good guys, so that’s okay then, reports RICHARD BETTS.

 

‘White hat’ hacker group OurMine apparently broke in to Sony’s PlayStation Network late August, announcing the security breach through Sony’s own official Twitter and Facebook feeds, which OurMine had taken over. Because of course it had.

Representatives of OurMine said PS Network account holders needn’t be alarmed, telling Business Insider that the breach was just to highlight vulnerabilities:

“We got only registration info [usernames, names, emails, etc.]. No, we are not going to release it. We are a security group; we will only send it to Sony to prove it. And no, Sony haven’t contact us yet.”

Sony quickly regained control of its social media feeds, but gamers will remember that in 2011 PlayStation Network was victim to one of the largest data breaches in history, when 77 million accounts were compromised, shutting the network down for more than three weeks.

As ever, if you’ve got a PlayStation Network account, we recommend you change your passwords.

Richard Betts is an award-winning writer and editor. His musings on pop culture, the arts and technology have appeared in numerous publications including the New Zealand Herald, Tone, PC World and Top Gear magazine. Three of those no longer exist but he insists it’s not his fault.

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