New reports which indicate that the Sony PlayStation Network has experienced a fresh hack attack are not accurate according to the gaming company. A report was issued by Nyleveia.com today which stated that despite weeks of working on the problems which led to the Sony outage, there are new vulnerabilities which had been discovered on the PSN, putting sensitive user account information at risk.
Several news outlets picked up on the report, and when coupled with the fact that the PSN Password Reset page was down for a number of hours, all fingers pointed at Sony as having undergone another attack by hackers, which is precisely what these news outlets reported to their public. The news reports all said that the PlayStation Network has once again been compromised, which more than likely resulted in sighs of exasperation from PSN users.
The password reset page had been added to prompt users to resent their passwords now that services had been restored. Nyleveia reported that their decision to share the exploit was based on a new discovery and was designed to be a warning and nothing more. They had not intended their report to trigger rumors of a new PSN attack.
Reports that Sony has suffered yet another hack are greatly exaggerated, the gaming company said today. While Sony admitted to blocking PSN login access to certain users, and taking down the PSN password reset page for several hours, they denied any new hacks had occurred. They later issued a statement on their company blog alerting users that the systems had been restored and that the reports of a new hack were inaccurate.
Sony has truly worked hard to restore service and to compensate users for the outage which lasted several weeks. Sony offered a ‘Welcome Back Package’ to users with free games, free premium services, and more. Your level of compensation is dependent on which Sony PSN services you are subscribed to which thereby determines the level of damage.
Sony customers had mixed reactions, with some uses being furious with the actual hackers, and others furious with Sony for being vulnerable to the attacks in the first place. Its too early to tell how many players may have jumped ship, but we cant deny that Sony is working hard to restore confidence and make amends.