Sony suffers second hack attackBy Sam
Sony has locked 93,000 user accounts on its PlayStation Network after suffering its second major hacking attack this year.
There were unauthorised attempts to verify valid user accounts on Sony services using very large sets of sign-in IDs and passwords.
Credit card numbers associated with the accounts are not at risk as a result of the unauthorised attempts. But a small fraction of the 93,000 accounts showed additional activity prior to being locked.
The company has e-mailed customers with secure password resets or informing consumers of password reset procedures after detecting a spike in unauthorised log-in attempts.
This is the latest in a series of online attacks on the company.
In April, all 77 million PlayStation users were warned to cancel their credit cards after personal information was taken by hackers. This cost the company £105 million.
Avid PlayStation gamer Chris Conway is questioning the network’s security.
“It is worrying really that people are trying to hack into Sony and get at gamer’s details. I'm a little naive and often think 'Oh, it won’t affect me' but often stuff like that happens when you least suspect it,” he said.
“There must be some flaws or weaknesses in the PS3 online security, otherwise people wouldn't keep trying to hack it. It does make me a little nervous and sometimes I think I'd be better off just staying offline.
“But I’ll still keep gaming online with PS3 because it’s better quality, easy to use and always has scores of people online for me to play against. Most importantly and unlike the Xbox 360 online system, it's completely free, and according to Sony, always will be,” he said.
The latest hack comes at a bad time for Sony who are also recalling 1.6 million LCD TVs worldwide because of a overheating defect.