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As PSN Sign-In Password Security Loophole Looms, Sony Turns Off System

by Ernice Gilbert on May 18th, 2011, under Hot, News, PS3, PSN, Sony

There’s a rumor circulating the internet which claims hackers can access your PSN account by simply using your user ID and date of birth. It was a far fetched rumor indeed, but it’s becoming clearer something’s gone wrong.

Sony’s officially turned off PSN online sign in, and has given no indication as to when the feature will return to PlayStation websites.

It was a PlayStation Blog EU user who first brought the issue to life, and posted this on the site’s forum: “Noticed this on twitter. – EMERGENCY! Web based Password reset system is NOT secure – is vulnerable to exploit using only email and DOB.”

Immediately, a Sony representative showed up on the forum to share some important information:

Hey Guys,

Please note that PSN sign in is currently unavailable for the following services:
PlayStation forums
PlayStation Blog
Music Unlimited via the web client
All PlayStation game title websites

Unfortunately this also means that those who are still trying to change their password password via or will be unable to do so for the time being. This is due to essential maintenance and at present it is unclear how long this will take.

In the meantime you will still be able to sign into PSN via your PlayStation 3 and PSP devices to connect to game services and view Trophy/Friends information.

It’s not another PSN-gate in any sense of the word, but it’s indeed cause for action on Sony’s part. We’ll keep you posted.

Thanks, Gamerpunch, NeoGAF.


  1. Wed, 18th May 2011 at 10:05 am

    Here we go again….what is wrong with these hackers.

  2. Wed, 18th May 2011 at 10:09 am

    Dude this has gotten way out of hand.

  3. Wed, 18th May 2011 at 10:10 am

    And it seems as if their vendetta with Sony is everlasting. Shame, really. But at least it’s not PSN-gate, right? Hopefully this gets rectified soon.

  4. Wed, 18th May 2011 at 10:28 am

    well atleast psn is still up right?

  5. Wed, 18th May 2011 at 10:29 am

    Yes Linglingjr, PSN is not affected. Gamers should continue to game freely.

  6. Wed, 18th May 2011 at 10:30 am

    These hackers….

  7. Wed, 18th May 2011 at 10:31 am

    As long as PSN is not affected then we’re cool. And Sony had better make sure nothing happens to PSN or else I’m jumping ship….permanently.

    I need another article like this, Ernice.

  8. Wed, 18th May 2011 at 10:31 am

    I wanna get on of these hackers and put them under a coconut tree and shake the hell out of the tree.


  9. Wed, 18th May 2011 at 10:34 am


  10. Wed, 18th May 2011 at 10:36 am

    I’d visit their basements instead, rip the computer off its connections, and with melodrama, force it down their heads…. ;)

  11. Wed, 18th May 2011 at 10:36 am

    That’s not too much is it?

  12. Wed, 18th May 2011 at 10:38 am


  13. Thu, 19th May 2011 at 3:52 am

    ……. but, but, kaz said there security is perfect!
    sigh, looks like sony have learned jack $#@% over the past month!

  14. Thu, 19th May 2011 at 7:37 am

    Ah, they said it wasn’t really a breach or anything, just an exploit.

  15. Thu, 19th May 2011 at 7:37 am

    and it’s now fixed.

  16. Thu, 19th May 2011 at 10:45 am

    exploit or hack is irrelevant.
    fact of the matter is everything sony does seems to fall to pieces!
    glad i removed all my info and replaced it with fake stuff!

  17. Thu, 19th May 2011 at 11:04 am

    I am not worried about them getting my name and address, but rather my card info. They can get my name and address from facebook, phonebook, or a lot of other places. Also, when you build a new security system from the ground up in a few weeks, you are going to miss something.

  18. Thu, 19th May 2011 at 11:43 am

    Good points Josh. And no, not everything Sony does is fail….Come on now.

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