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Sony PlayStation (Games) Security

PSN Up, And Then Down Again 282

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the go-go-magic-yo-yo dept.
RdeCourtney writes "The PlayStation Network is down again. Sony had originally enabled passwords to be reset onscreen simply by entering an email address and date of birth. Whoever has the data from Sony, could, in theory, then reset any of the captured users accounts simply by entering the details they stole."
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PSN Up, And Then Down Again

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  • Its just sony (Score:5, Interesting)

    by unity100 (970058) on Wednesday May 18, 2011 @11:34AM (#36166604) Homepage Journal
    they are the company who shut down japanese swg servers suddenly one morning to the face of at least 4000 players without warning. they decided the servers were not profitable, and they decided to shut them off to their customers' faces without a word. if you played a char for 2-3 years and had memories etc, you couldnt even take a screenshot.

    that is TOTALLY leaving aside how they screwed their customers en large in star wars galaxies, at the cost of screwing up the game. they had the habit of routinely changing skill properties in order to force people to drop entire skill trees and level others so that they would keep paying - spent 2 months of your play time building up a character ? well - come next patch, you had to ditch on average 30% of your character and level another tree to remain viable. as long as you kept paying, it was all ok by soe.

    sony deserves whatever is shoved up their ass.
  • by h4rr4r (612664) on Wednesday May 18, 2011 @11:51AM (#36166860)

    Most of those email accounts probably used the same passwords as the stolen sony accounts.

    At this point sony should require users to create new accounts and import trophies from the old accounts if you give the old password. This would mean at worst someone could get a bunch of unearned trophies, instead of access to an account with which they could buy something.

  • by Paul Pierce (739303) on Wednesday May 18, 2011 @11:52AM (#36166884) Homepage
    Give Microsoft credit - xbox live is setup/run extremely well. They had to compete with xbconnect, Xlink Kai, and other freebies back in the day; they stepped up and created a better alternative. Everyone was willing to pay for a service - as long as it was worth it. It was and still is.

    The revenue has allowed them to build a better network and keep it up. I'm not claiming they too couldn't be hacked, just highly doubt it would be to this level.
  • Re:Verification data (Score:3, Interesting)

    by wbav (223901) <Guardian.Bob+Slashdot@gmail.com> on Wednesday May 18, 2011 @12:02PM (#36167022) Homepage Journal
    Actually, they did. I have one of them:
    To reset your PlayStation(R)Network password, please click on the link below. This link will expire in 24 hours from the time that it was sent. The link will direct you to a PlayStation(R)Network web page and allow you to enter and confirm your new password.

    https://store.playstation.com/accounts/security/resetPassword.action?token=-- [playstation.com]


    Obviously I removed my token.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 18, 2011 @01:20PM (#36168164)

    Pretty much this. The key generation scheme was cracked so people were getting confirmation emails to change their passwords and then getting mails notifying them that the password was changed successfully. These were on non-compromised emails.

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