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SOE: Stolen Account Information Was Not From PSN Hack...

Jonathan Lester
Hack, PSN, Sony Online Entertainment

SOE: Stolen Account Information Was Not From PSN Hack...


Sony has spoken out to reaffirm that the stolen personal information used to recently access 93,000 PSN accounts didn't come from the 'PSNgate' intrusion earlier this year. Apparently the enormous volume of incorrect passwords indicates that the hack was based on outdated information. "It's just simple math," apparently... though it "isn't impossible." You know, since the original hackers got clean away with an outdated database of SOE account information. Either way, we've got the full quotes below.

Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley briefed GameSpot on the situation and suggested that the low success rate of each password/username combination is proof positive that the personal information was gleaned from third party sites or accounts.

It's just simple math. There was such a small percentage of successes. They were attacking with  suggests that a large number. Because of that, the math tells us it wasn't [Sony's information].

We've said publicly when we were compromised before that the information is out there and could have been used. That was obviously the first thing we looked at. Then we did the mathematical analysis and said, 'Obviously that's not what happened.

Or maybe it was.

I'm not going to say it's impossible [the info came from Sony], we just think that's not the most likely case.

Okay then, all is forgiv... hang about. Wasn't an outdated database of personal information stolen as part of the PSN hack? From SOE? The numbers don't quite add up (roughly 22,000 compared to 33,000 Sony Online Entertainment accounts) - but we haven't forgotten about that little gaffe just yet, guys. We've got a long memory.

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stevenjameshyde  Oct. 13, 2011 at 11:31

And, given that everyone was forced to change their passwords after PSNgate, wouldn't a load of details stolen then be expected to result in an enormous volume of incorrect passwords?

JonLester  Oct. 13, 2011 at 12:00

You'd think, wouldn't you? Add the outdated database that would also produce plenty of incorrect passwords and you've got a bit of a PR nightmare. Which Sony are covering rather well at the moment, as everyone seems to have forgotten that anything ever happened.

Last edited by JonLester, Oct. 13, 2011 at 12:01

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