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Claims That The PSN Was Hacked Again Are "Completely False"

What a difference two hours makes.

Two hours ago it was believed that hackers had broken into Sony’s database (again) and dumped a massive list of email addresses and passwords. The news was all over the internet, with people understandably panicked, mainly due to Kotaku’s BREAKING headlines.

Reporting the news is one thing, throwing everything to the wind without checking is another.

The site reported that hackers were in possession of 50GB worth of data, with a Pastebin link suggesting that the full list was up for grabs. Passwords were encrypted, but that hasn’t stopped people in the past.

However, Sony have since confirmed that the story is false. “We can confirm that the recent claim that PSN was illegally hacked and that customer passwords and email addresses were accessed is completely false,” tweeted the official account.

It looks like the database was a dupe of an existing one from a few months back.

Regardless, this serves as a reminder to ensure that your passwords for every site and service are individual, unique and difficult to guess. There’s literally no excuse.

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12 Comments
  1. bmg_123
    Member
    Since: Feb 2012

    Die Anonymous. Die.

    Comment posted on 15/08/2012 at 21:38.
    • gideon1451
      Member
      Since: Nov 2009

      Wasn’t it a splinter group? I can’t quite remember. Either way, I’m not a fan of Anonymous anyway.

      Other news: I thought h4x0rs didn’t use Pastebin these days?

      Comment posted on 15/08/2012 at 22:16.
      • philbert8
        The Frankie Boyle Of TSA
        Since: Sep 2010

        TSA’s poetry cor-orr-ner!

        “Either way, I’m not a fan of Anonymous anyway.”

        Comment posted on 15/08/2012 at 22:26.
      • gideon1451
        Member
        Since: Nov 2009

        Haha, I did think that sentence was a bit odd but what the hey.

        Comment posted on 15/08/2012 at 22:42.
  2. JBoo
    Banned
    Since: Oct 2011

    This comment is hidden.

    Comment posted on 15/08/2012 at 23:11.
    • yogdog
      Member
      Since: Feb 2010

      Thought a blu-ray holds 24.7gb (or aroundabouts, that’s the number in my head…)?

      Comment posted on 15/08/2012 at 23:28.
      • XisTG
        Member
        Since: May 2010

        A single layer one, yes :)

        Comment posted on 16/08/2012 at 00:15.
      • infinite
        Member
        Since: Jul 2012

        BluRay disks (just like DVD’s) come in both single (25 GB) and double layer (50GB)… there are also BD-XL versions with Triple and Quad layers…

        Comment posted on 31/10/2012 at 13:38.
  3. HoboCastro
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    No free games then… pfft!

    Comment posted on 16/08/2012 at 01:31.
  4. Nickboss1
    Member
    Since: Mar 2010

    Makes me sick how people try to steal sonys lime light at a time when their showing some great games at gamescom.

    Comment posted on 16/08/2012 at 08:06.
  5. E8_BALL_
    Member
    Since: Jul 2010

    Portable ID status, upgraded to “relieved.”

    Comment posted on 16/08/2012 at 17:27.

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