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7 might be a little tough, I have an appointment downtown at 5:30.. anything after 7:30 ? movie looks good though

PSN hacked 2 days after it was brought back online

at 14:08 - 18th, May 2011
This is just too much. Apparently hackers have found another way to screw with the psn and it's users.

2 days ago Sony brought the PSN back from the dead. For those that weren't paying attention, the psn had massive problems and hackers were able to get away with an unknown amount of all of the psn users information. The system was down for about a month. There was even a congressional hearing/inquiry into what happened and what was taken.

Sony apologizes to customers and offers 2 free psn games from a choice of 5. Everything seems to be hunky dory until today.

This made me laugh when i read it.

Just two days after the PlayStation Network was restored after a near month-long outage, the PSN password page has apparently been exploited. According to reports, the exploit allows other users to reset your account password using only your e-mail address and date of birth. This personal data was made available to hackers during the initial PSN attack.

The issue was first reported by Nyleveia, which was contacted by an unnamed source who reportedly performed the hack on a dummy account, prompting an e-mail message confirming that the password had been changed. Similar reports on gaming forum NeoGAF show an identical situation, in which the user provided the necessary information only to receive two subsequent e-mails: one claiming that someone was attempting to change the account's password and requesting the user click on a confirmation link, and another confirming that the password had been changed.

"I never clicked the confirmation link," the user wrote. "So yeah... my password was successfully changed by someone else."

Currently, users cannot sign in to PSN via websites like Instead, a message appears stating that the "server is currently down for maintenance." Meanwhile, a recent message on Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's Twitter feed reads "Fortunately we have got ISPs to release outstanding e-mails; unfortunately, a small amount of maintenance is required to improve this process." Followed soon after by "Clarification: this maintenance doesn't affect PSN on consoles, only the website you click through to from the password change email."

Nyleveia claims to have contacted SCEE directly after finding the exploit and that the system was taken down roughly 15 minutes after this happened.

Ars has contacted Sony for comment but has yet to hear back as of publication. We will update you as we learn more information.

email address and password? really?

the fail continues.

• Alex


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