Sony: Password system weakness found, but no new attack


Sony said that it has fixed a vulnerability in its password reset function. (KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS)

We temporarily took down the PSN and Qriocity password reset page. Contrary to some reports, there was no hack involved. In the process of resetting of passwords there was a URL exploit that we have subsequently fixed.

Consumers who haven’t reset their passwords for PSN are still encouraged to do so directly on their PS3. Otherwise, they can continue to do so via the website as soon as we bring that site back up.

Reports surfaced Wednesday morning about the system weakness, which made it possible for anyone with a user’s e-mail address and date of birth to change an account password.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.

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