12 Oct 2011

Sony locks accounts after another data breach

Sony's internet security may come under question after a data breach involving about 93,000 user names and passwords took place this week. The breach affects users looking to log onto PlayStation Network, Sony Online Entertainment and Sony Entertainment Network accounts.

"These attempts appear to include a large amount of data obtained from one or more compromised lists from other companies, sites, or other sources," said Philip Reitinger, the chief information security officer of Sony Group in a blog post relating to the data breach.

The affected accounts are currently locked and Sony is reviewing how the accounts may have been accessed by hackers. The company will also be checking into if any unauthorized purchases were made with the hacked accounts. If there were purchases, Sony said it will refund them, but added that no credit card numbers were put at risk during the attack.

Reitinger said in the blog post that the breach involved less than 0.1 percent of the network customer base. The company is reaching out to the hacked parties and telling them to reset their passwords in an effort to shore up internet security.