Earlier this year, Sony’s PlayStation Network was infiltrated, and the resulting mega-hack shut the service down for days and saw millions of customers’ personal information exposed. A presumably maladjusted teenager was later arrested in London in connection to the crime. Today, Sony announced that the service had been hacked again…but this time, they were ready. According to CNN, Chief Information Security Officer Phillip Reitenger notified PSN users that the company had detected an attempt to access user’s information. Only one-tenth of one percent of users were affected — about 93,000, which is certainly a large number, but is admittedly considerably less than “millions.” No credit card information was stolen. Reitenger closed with a bit of advice: “We encourage you to choose unique, hard-to-guess passwords and always look for unusual activity in your account.” (Thanks, Mom.)
The company is spinning this in a positive light — we got them! — but it’s still a bit freaky how prevalent hacking has become in the online console world. Xbox Live had its own problems over the summer. (Nintendo’s Virtual Console seems immune, possibly because it’s so cuuuuute.) Gamers, does all the hacking worry you? Or are you just memorizing 20-digit passwords that are long strings of nonsensical letters, numbers, and chemical symbols?
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