WARNING: Playstation Network Under Attack

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Apparently many users on the PlayStation Network have been reporting some serious issues regarding PlayStation Network code generator websites which are hacking into people’s personal info through PSN.

An Ironstar [gaming site] member, Dom Guerrera was a victim of this new attack against, and a credit card stored on his account was charged around $350 worth of PlayStation Network content that he didn’t authorize. His PSN account information including his credit card info was somehow obtained through the PlayStation Network, because he opened the message sent to him. He was not the only one to be hacked!

The users account inbox
The users account inbox

The PlayStation Network chain messages that contain the code generator URLs people have been receiving could possibly work as an email virus attachment, although there is no visible way to tell. Currently is it not known how information can be obtained from a PSN user’s account, so be very wary of giving out your details.

The Ironstar site has put up some precautions to follow should you believe you have opened one of these tainted messages. Here’s what you should do:

  • Delete your credit card information off of your PlayStation Network account using the official PlayStation website.
  • Change your email and password for your PlayStation Network account using the official PlayStation Network website
  • Contact Sony PlayStation customer service 1800-345-7669; also contact your credit or debit card customer service representative.
  • Check your email tied to your PlayStation Network account for suspicious purchases.

As a precaution to these unknown hacks on against PlayStation Network users are recommend to do the following:

  • Delete any random chain messages, even if they are from friends. There is a way to view a small segment of messages sent to you on the PlayStation Network. If you suspect a message to be a chain letter containing the hack view the message (WITHOUT OPENING IT) by pressing (x) twice on the sent user’s profile.
  • Block users who send you chain messages.
  • Contact Dom Guerrera through his profile if you think your situation is similar to his.

A huge thanks to Ironstar for publishing the original warning!