Sony has suspended 93,000 user accounts on its gaming and entertainment networks after unauthorized login attempts on those accounts, it said Wednesday.
"Sony Network Entertainment International LLC and Sony Online Entertainment
(SOE) have detected a large amount of unauthorized sign-in attempts on
PlayStation Network (PSN), Sony Entertainment Network (SEN) and Sony Online
Entertainment (SOE) services. We discovered these attempts and have taken
steps to mitigate the activity," the companies said in a statement.
A small number of the logins had been successful, the company said. The
attempts occurred between Oct. 7 and Oct. 10, and Sony said that they
appeared to use login and password information obtained from a separate
Sony has has temporarily locked these accounts. As a preventative measure,
the company will be sending email notifications to these account holders
and will be requiring secure password resets or informing users of password
Credit card numbers associated with these accounts are not at risk as a
result of these unauthorized attempts, Sony added.
These attempts appear to include a large amount of data obtained from one or
more compromised lists from other companies, sites or sources. These were
unauthorized attempts to verify valid user accounts on Sony's services using
very large sets of sign-in IDs and passwords.
The announcement follows an embarrassing data breach in April, which
compromised personal data from more than 100 million online gaming and
entertainment accounts and forced PlayStation Network to be shut for a