Sony recently announced that 93,000 user accounts on the PlayStation Network were potentially compromised sometime between Oct. 10-12. This is just the latest string of hacks to affect the already under fire Sony Corporation.
These hacks come just a few months after the massive hacking attack on the PSN in April which resulted in over a million accounts being compromised and over 32,000 debit and credit card accounts potentially being at risk. As a result of this attack, Sony was forced to rethink how they provided security for their users. Sony also provided users with free games and a month of free access to the PSN.
Japan would not allow the PSN to be relaunched following the April attacks until some major changes were made to the service. There is now more pressure worldwide to force corporations to disclose such security breaches and meet a mandated level of security. Sony has since made large leaps in attempting to protect the data of its users. The drop in members has affected the company and no doubt has spurred them to comply with the current voluntary mandates for security.
This latest hack does not appear to be entirely Sony or the PSN’s fault. Most likely the cause this time was a mass phishing scam that acquired the passwords from users. While Sony has not disclosed all of the facts of this most recent hack, it was quick to inform users and the public the list apparently came from some third party source as the vast majority to access accounts failed to be successful.
This most recent attack is a chance for Sony to demonstrate their new and increased response time to potential attacks. The biggest complaint many people had with Sony during the April attacks was their slow response time and failure to inform users for months after the attacks started. This time the public was notified in a matter of days, and once the issue had been resolved the company made a point of announcing it would notify those whose accounts had been breached separately.
While this wasn’t the best possible response time from Sony, it was a vast improvement. It’s clear the company is in the process of taking the steps to protect their users properly. Sony has to work hard to rebuild the trust among their users once more. Until then, every hack will be viewed by at least a segment of the PSN users as yet another strike against a company that failed to protect them in the first place.