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PlayStation Network Compromised Again; Stark Reminder You Need Strong and Varied Passwords

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Last week the PlayStation network was breached again–over 93,000 US and European accounts were accessed illegally. It’s yet another reminder that we should all be using strong and varied passwords. Read on for a refresher.

Earlier this year we showed you how to recover when your email password is compromised–the tips in the guide apply any time you want to shore up your password security. You might also consider using a personal password algorithm. Finally, check out the Ask the Readers post on password tracking to see how your fellow readers keep their passwords unique and organized to see how your fellow readers keep their passwords unique and organized.

Sony Halts 93,000 Online Accounts After Unauthorized Access [via Tech Crunch]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/12/11

Comments (8)

  1. IT_Tech

    Has anyone realized that PS is useless yet??

  2. punkgamer

    This is why I never logged back onto PSN after the first attack, and how many people did that PSN update that required you to waive your right to join a class-action suit against Sony?

  3. Lloyd

    That class action waiver actually holds no water. Simply quit your PSN account and you are no longer under contract.

  4. Wayne

    Surprised people still give Sony their credit card numbers. Want to be on PSN? Just fund your account with the pre bought cards.

  5. squeeks

    If you read the article, the breech was with people that use the same login info for multiple sites. This is not Sony’s problem. They locked out the accounts to prevent further tampering. You should be criticizing users that continue to use weak passwords and do not vary them.

  6. Jenise

    I’m the owner of playstation3 and I do log in online just checking out the PlayStation home. But as soon as the first hack in was reported, I was lucky that I didn’t used my credit card on to buy any game or such, so I was safe for the moment. Now that I have reset everything online and on the PlayStation home, I never log back in, knowing that there might be another hack in. So after seeing this, I am super happy that I never log back into my account. It just means for those who used it, need to change the password frequently like every two weeks or so.

  7. David

    You own playstation3? Nice to meet you mr stringer

  8. snoops

    Hmmm all this Sony hate. If you read the news today, Xbox Live was hacked in a similar manner.

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