Earlier today there was a report that Anonymous had struck again and hacked into the PlayStation Network, putting millions of people’s information at risk. According to the threat, 50 gigabytes of personal information such as email and password accounts “are at risk”. In addition, Anonymous claimed that ten million PlayStation Network accounts were at risk.
This morning Anonymous tweeted that Sony had been hacked and that it was the PlayStation Network. The tweet was later erased, but you can still see the image of the tweet up on IGN. However, it seems this hack may not have actually happened and the PlayStation Network information may still be safe.
Kotaku later reported that the tweet was actually a copy and paste of the earlier Anonymous tweet back in March 19. Then later a former employ of EGM and 1Up, Shane Bettenhausen who is now with Sony Computer Entertainment America has basically come out and said this is fake. His exact words “alleged PSN hack by Anonymous is totally fake”, although his tweet was also later taken down as well.
Sony has finally tweeted out confirming that the hack by Anonymous is totally fake. Here is what they said in on their official twitter account:
“We can confirm that the recent claim that PSN was illegally hacked & that customer PWs and email addresses were accessed is completely false”
Then about an hour later they released another official statement to IGN:
“We’ve confirmed that the recent claim that PlayStation Network was illegally hacked and that customer passwords and email addresses were accessed is completely false.”
Luckily it looks like the PlayStation Network is secure and that all of this was a giant hoax. It was just last year when the PlayStation Network really was hacked and it caused the network to go down for almost a month. Not to mention people’s personal information was really at risk last year. However, after that attack Sony was able to install better security provisions, although I am one of those people who believes no system is totally secure and you should always take percautions.
That is why I recommend changing your password on PlayStation Network occasionally to be on the safe side, although I will admit to being a little over protective of my personal information.