Friday 19 January 2018

Hackers steal 2.5 million PlayStation and Xbox players' details in major breach

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PlayStation Network

Cara McGoogan

PlayStation and Xbox gamers are at risk of having had their private information stolen following a data breach involving 2.5 million accounts.

Hackers stole the information from two popular gaming forums back in 2015, and managed to take details including email addresses, passwords and IP addresses, it has recently been revealed.

The forums called Xbox360 ISO and PSP ISO let gamers share and download free and pirated copies of games.

Such communities are prime targets for hackers, with many younger hackers beginning to play with internet security because of an interest in competitive gaming. The forums are unofficial and not associated with Sony or Microsoft.

PlayStation and Xbox users have suffered cyber attacks before, but the most recent incident is by far the most severe. Back in 2014, hackers leaked the details of 13,000 PlayStation users.

Security experts warned players to be extra vigilant when entering personal information into such websites, and that anyone who thinks they have been affected should change their passwords immediately.

"This data is likely to be sold on the dark web and used for future cyber crime," said Robert Capps, vice president of security at NuData Security. "Keep alert to any phishing scams that may appear in email as a result of this hack, changing passwords on any site where same password or username are used.

"It's good to remember to choose unique passwords on all sites that require registration."


Don't be a scam victim

  • The bank or will never phone you for your PIN or password
  • No company will send someone to your home to collect financial information or your bank card. Neither will they ask you transfer money to a new account for fraud reasons
  • No business or individual needs to know your personal financial information – including the bank or the police. Do not disclose your PIN, password or personal details unless you are sure of who you are talking to
  • Do not assume a caller is genuine if they know personal details about you. This could have been garnered elsewhere or pieced together through other means

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