PlayStation Faces Social Media Hack and Possible Data Breach
Hacking group OurMine claimed responsibility for hacking PlayStation’s social media accounts Sunday night. The group used PlayStation’s Twitter account to announce they had also breached the PlayStation Network (PSN).
The Tweet read, “Playstation, contact us we got Playstation Network database leaked.”
The group claimed their intention was not to sell the information they had obtained but to alert PlayStation of the issue. On Twitter, they wrote, “No, we aren’t going to share it, we are a security group.” They then asked PlayStation employees to contact them via their website.
Ben Gilbert of Business Insider contacted the group, and a representative told him they had retrieved registration information, such as usernames, names and emails, but they would not release or sell the information. They planned to send this information to Sony to prove they had hacked into the PSN.
PlayStation regained control of their social media accounts and deleted the tweets. They have made no mention of the incident thus far, nor have they confirmed or denied a PSN breach.
OurMine claims to be a security group based in Saudi Arabia that promises to help companies secure their networks by showing potential vulnerabilities and fixing them. While they claim to be an ethical hacking group, they have previously hacked other celebrity social media accounts, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
This is not PlayStation’s first breach. In 2011, hackers broke into the PSN and stole personal information from 77 million accounts. Sony had to disable the PSN for 23 days.