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33,000 SOE Accounts Hacked

Massively and SOE are reporting that 33,000 SOE accounts were compromised.

The good news is that less than 0.1% of Sony's entire playerbase has been affected. The bad news is that that leaves around 33,000 SOE players -- in addition to Sony Entertainment Network and PlayStation Network customers -- whose accounts were hacked. Following the intrusion, Sony temporarily locked the accounts and is investigating the situation.

If you were among the small percentage of SOE customers affected you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to proceed. Check out SOE's full post here on the official forums.

15 comments
2011-10-12 09:42 AM
Source: Massively
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2011-10-12 09:42 AM
Hamma
33,000 SOE Accounts Hacked

http://www.planetside-universe.com/n...acked-2569.htm
2011-10-12 11:50 AM
Geist I feel like this may be bad for PS2.
2011-10-12 11:54 AM
NapalmEnima
Re: 33,000 SOE Accounts Hacked

They really need to get their shit together.
2011-10-12 12:38 PM
Synnoc
Re: 33,000 SOE Accounts Hacked

Bear in mind that this isn't Sony's fault. They're saying that someone had a list of names/passwords and tried a bunch of them. Some worked. Most didn't. The fault lies in those that never changed their password when the real breach happened some months back, as well as those that share passwords among several services.
2011-10-12 02:23 PM
Marth Koopa
Re: 33,000 SOE Accounts Hacked

A good majority of those people are probably those that purchase illegal services such as currency/items, power leveling, and cheats.
2011-10-12 02:54 PM
Aaron
Re: 33,000 SOE Accounts Hacked

I got one of the emails...Oh boy.
2011-10-12 03:26 PM
Hamma
Re: 33,000 SOE Accounts Hacked

Originally Posted by Synnoc View Post
Bear in mind that this isn't Sony's fault. They're saying that someone had a list of names/passwords and tried a bunch of them. Some worked. Most didn't. The fault lies in those that never changed their password when the real breach happened some months back, as well as those that share passwords among several services.
Yea agreed it seems to be more along those lines as opposed to a full scale hacking like last time around.
2011-10-12 03:57 PM
Lartnev
Re: 33,000 SOE Accounts Hacked

At least they're being up front about it this time. Security is a difficult thing to get right and requires an ingrained culture to get it right. Each time something like this happens to a big company and makes news is a step towards a safer digital age.
2011-10-12 03:59 PM
none
Re: 33,000 SOE Accounts Hacked

Sony really needs to get a better Network Security team. It's not like MySQL injections are new or anything. They should be able to test there sites and fix the issues. Come on guys.
2011-10-12 04:50 PM
Crator
Re: 33,000 SOE Accounts Hacked

Ok, good. I was about to seriously question Sony's integrity if it was a perimeter breach again.
2011-10-12 10:07 PM
Traak
Re: 33,000 SOE Accounts Hacked

Or, Sony is just purging any accounts that people don't show up to fix their passwords on.

That was what I figured last time it happened. What better way to purge old, inactive accounts than to claim a breach?

Remember when Photobucket just randomly eliminated all or almost all of its online image database from being publicly accessible, claiming some reason or another?

Storage costs money. Costs can be reduced by staging a "disaster" or "attack" and *poof* storage costs plummet.

I don't know what really happened, or if anything really happened. But, if something happens that ends up as a benefit to Sony, with no cost to Sony, legally or otherwise, then it makes me wonder.
2011-10-12 10:57 PM
Geist
Re: 33,000 SOE Accounts Hacked

Originally Posted by Synnoc View Post
Bear in mind that this isn't Sony's fault. They're saying that someone had a list of names/passwords and tried a bunch of them. Some worked. Most didn't. The fault lies in those that never changed their password when the real breach happened some months back, as well as those that share passwords among several services.
Even so, I'm sure the majority of the public will still view this as the fault of Sony and it will lose even more of it's player base.

I'm sure this would have been easily dealt with, but with the full-scale hacking just a few months ago, it may be harder to deal with PR wise.
2011-10-12 11:07 PM
Crator
Re: 33,000 SOE Accounts Hacked

Well, these sorts of things happen all the time actually. Someone used account info they obtained from somewhere outside of Sony's systems and tried a brute force attack against SOE login servers. And then SOE staff caught the activity and shut it down.
2011-10-13 02:06 PM
Lartnev
Re: 33,000 SOE Accounts Hacked

Originally Posted by Spectre View Post
Even so, I'm sure the majority of the public will still view this as the fault of Sony and it will lose even more of it's player base.
Research shows this will only be in the short term then confidence will start to return.
2011-10-14 07:15 PM
Hamma
Re: 33,000 SOE Accounts Hacked

Another update:

http://massively.joystiq.com/2011/10...-recent-hacks/

It was just a brute force attack really and not a hack, probably happens everyday.
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