While we hope there aren’t any PlayStation Networks accounts hooked up to your office environment, it appears Sony have been compromised by a group claiming to be a ‘white hat IT Security’ firm.
A group of Saudi Arabian hackers calling themselves OurMine posted a few tweets from PlayStation’s official Twitter account saying:
“PlayStation Network Databases leaked #OurMine”
“No, we aren’t going to share it, we are a security group if you work at PlayStation then please go to our website”
The hackers suggested that they were an IT security group who claimed to have discovered flaws in PlayStation’s network and in order for them to understand the breach and protect themselves from further breaches, PlayStation were instructed to contact the hackers. The hackers posted both Twitter tweets and Facebook updates on PlayStation’s respective pages but they were shortly deleted.
OurMine are no strangers to hacking, they previously compromised social media accounts of major company CEO’s, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai. However, the group does not seem to ever go beyond just demonstrating its ability to take over the account, without doing significant damage to the accounts or its protected information.
The most worrying factor here is that the hackers are saying that they have personal information from millions of users around the globe, stating that they weren’t going to release any of it – stressing they were in fact an IT security group.
This isn’t the first time PlayStation has been hacked. PlayStation were hacked back in 2011, which turned out to be the largest identity theft on record. Sony subsequently shut down its entire system for one month.The details of its entire PSN user base was leaked, including names, date of births, email addresses and credit card details.
As of writing there has been no comment from Sony about the hacking. There has indeed been a hack from Sony’s social media accounts but there hasn’t been anything official about any user data breach. On a user level it’s recommended to change your password on your PSN account and to watch out for possible fake phishing emails originating from Sony (which may have to do with your PSN account).
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