10 Million accounts possibly at risk
Internet Hacktivist collective, Anonymous, have just posted a tweet that claims they have hacked the Playstation Network, compromising over 10 million PSN user account names and passwords.
The following Tweet links to a dump on Pastebin that exposes a list of 3000+ e-mail and password combinations, with a contact e-mail address where you can request the entire 50GB database, if you so desire:
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) August 15, 2012
Obviously we have no way of actually confirming this is true, and Sony have yet to comment, but the good news is that the passwords are not in plain text. Since Anonymous aren’t known for making false claims, I would recommend you treat this as real and go change your PSN password right now. We’ll have more updates as they become available.
Update #1 – Shane Bettenhausen, Developer Relations for Sony, claims the hack is “100% fake”, but this was from his personal twitter and not in an official statement from Sony, so do what you will with that information.
Update #2 – Sony just confirmed in an official statement that the Playstation Network has not been hacked, and the claims are false.
We can confirm that the recent claim that PSN was illegally hacked & that customer PWs and email addresses were accessed is completely false
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) August 15, 2012