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.