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Hackers target 93,000 more Sony PlayStation accounts

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By Noel Young, Correspondent

October 12, 2011 | 2 min read

Hackers have in the past five days again staged a massive attempt to access user accounts on Sony's PlayStation Network, the second major attack on the site this year.

93,000 PlayStation accounts hacked

IDs and passwords of around 93,000 accounts were successfully obtained by the attackers . Sony temporarily locked the accounts and sent the customers email notifications, telling them how to reset their passwords. In addition to the PlayStation Network, Sony Entertainment Network and Sony Online Entertainment services were also hit.

However, credit card numbers tied to the 93,000 accounts were not at risk. Sony said in a statement that "less than one tenth of one percent" of the service's customers may have been affected.

In April, personal data from more than 100 million online gaming and entertainment accounts was compromised - and Sony shut the PlayStation Network for a month. The company was later criticised for lax security and acting too slowly to inform customers .

Sony confirmed the new incidents after its security systems detected an unusually high number of login attempts that failed,

Sony spokesman Sean Yoneda said that this time around, "there was no intrusion on our servers. This was ... taking someone else's identity and trying to use that to access our services."

The attacks occurred between Oct. 7 and Oct. 10 and accounts were targeted globally.

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