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"You cannot be serious!!"

Users are greeted with this message when trying to login to PSN through Sony's website
Sony strikes again!

It's getting rather difficult to be surprised by Sony's lack of security credentials when it comes to its PlayStation Network (PSN) service. That's why today's latest revelation can't be too much of a shocker to those that have been following this ongoing saga.

According to Joystiq, Sony has once again taken web access to PSN offline after users found a gaping loophole in the password recovery functionality on the site. "A new hack is currently doing the rounds in dark corners of the internet that allows the attacker the ability to change your password using only your account’s email and date of birth," reports Nyleveia.

Considering that information like birth dates and email addresses were obtained when PSN was initially hacked, it looks as though anyone with access to the "master list" would have the ability to change your account password.

Nyleveia goes on to warn:

I would suggest that you secure your accounts now by creating a completely new email that you will not use ANYWHERE ELSE, and switching your PSN account to use this new email. You risk having your account stolen, when this hack becomes more public, if you do not make sure that your PSN account’s email is one that cannot be affiliated with or otherwise traced to you.

Sony is currently aware of the situation and is taking steps to resolve the issue as soon as possible. For more information on the exploit, check out Nyleveia's FAQ.

Perhaps the Japanese government was wise to take a wait and see approach with regards to allowing PSN service to restart in Japan…



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RE: The Japanese Government...
By gamerk2 on 5/18/2011 2:29:53 PM , Rating: 4
A plant 30 miles from NYC is also built on a faultline in a Tsunami prone area; whats your point?


By snakeInTheGrass on 5/18/2011 9:30:12 PM , Rating: 2
I guess his point is that the US government is inept for letting people build power plants and cities near/on the New Madrid fault line, anywhere on the West Coast... or any coast, if a tsunami is a danger - with La Palma a potentially HUGE tsunami threat with projected waves up to 50m and 20km inland penetration on the East Coast. Or near any river. But sure, the Japanese are just fools.

The real joke is that the Japanese government wanted to keep their own citizens from getting hit by more of this crap, and Sony bringing the service online elsewhere may have (did?) put those users at risk again anyway, assuming this password change can be applied to Japanese accounts. Go Sony!


RE: The Japanese Government...
By EricMartello on 5/19/11, Rating: 0
RE: The Japanese Government...
By Hieyeck on 5/19/2011 8:30:52 AM , Rating: 5
Conversely, the US government supported the construction and re-construction of a major city whose foundation is mostly soggy marshland, just miles from the Gulf of Mexico that is BELOW sea level.

Hum. Maybe governments everywhere can be pretty bloody stupid.


RE: The Japanese Government...
By Dr of crap on 5/19/2011 8:44:46 AM , Rating: 2
And that's priceless!!!

And don't forget they opening fo the flood gastes and the flooding of thousands of homes to save thousand others!!

Who insures these homes, or are they non-insurable?

Of course the first problem is who would live/build there? And that goes for in/on a flood plain as well!


RE: The Japanese Government...
By EricMartello on 5/20/2011 6:38:16 AM , Rating: 2
A flood is nowhere near as bad as nuclear contamination caused by a power plant meltdown. The radiation will make the surrounding area toxic and unusable for many, many years. Floods may cause a lot of damage but we can rebuild it...tho in the case of New Orleans, who is dumber - the goverment for building a city below sea level, right next to the gulf or the people for living there. I'd say the latter are just as guilty if not moreso.


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