Smedley: Sony network attack unrelated to April hack

Thursday, 13th October 2011 05:43 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sony Online Entertainment president John Smedley has reiterated that a recent attack on Sony’s networks did not utilise data harvested during the mid-April PSN hack.

“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,” Smedley told Gamespot.

“Then we did the mathematical analysis and said, ‘Obviously that’s not what happened.’

“I’m not going to say it’s impossible [the info came from Sony]. We just think that’s not the most likely case.”

Smedley said the low success rate of the attack one of the reasons Sony’s fairly certain the login details used didn’t come from the PSN hack.

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

The SOE president said many of the accounts targeted by the attack were dormant.

“Those people in many cases had not yet done their password change. It takes some work to get them to focus on that,” he said, asking again for account holders to secure their passwords.

Sony revealed yesterday that its family of networks – the PSN, SEN and SOE – were hit by a huge attack. 93,000 accounts were compromised; a tiny percentage of all users and a very poor success rate for the attackers. The attack is suspected to have originated in a database of user names and passwords gathered from a hack on another company, and no financial details were exposed.



  1. laxan96

    Beginning to lose trust and respect for Sony. I thought they had remade the secuirity sytem and done it right this time but apparently not. Now no one is gonna buy games on PS:Store. So good luck to Sony for getting back customers trust now. It´s close now for me to buy an Xbox 360 so I don´t need to wory about it, even though I don´t really like xbox. cause I really like everything else about the ps3

    #1 3 years ago
  2. dr_lovejoy

    Jesus, can’t people on this site read? @1. I remember when this site had no bitching and people would just talk facts.

    First DSB and now you. Sony haven’t been hacked this was just an attempted login with stolen info. Happens everyday with every company. Maybe idiots shouldn’t sign up to dodgy sites and use the same passwords. Not hard to hack accounts if you use the same password for each. I’d recommend people use a service such as 1password. That way you can have extremely complex passwords all being different and not have to remember them.

    Also funny how people are constantly talking about people being SDF (Sony defence force) when it’s clear there is just as many MDF (Microsoft defence force), gay terms I know.

    And again I’m a Xbox gamer but also own wii, ps3 and a gaming pc.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. mojo

    its pretty obvious he either didnt read the article and or is trolling..

    im tempted to believe that a good bunch of those successfull “attacks” originated from the hacked bethesda and other site hacks (gawker)..

    #3 3 years ago

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