[Update]: PSN Password Issues Resolved
UPDATE: After a short outage, PSN has fixed the problem that may have left passwords vulnerable, and the service is back up.
An update to the PlayStation Blog sheds some light on the recent password problem experienced on PSN. Not only is the service now back up, but the update suggests that no hacking was involved.
"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," writes Patrick Seybold. "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."
That's good news for Sony. The company can ill afford another major outage, so it's great to see the issue has been resolved quickly, hacker or not.
PSN Password Exploit Discovered
Sony's PlayStation Network headaches continue to mount, with the discovery of an exploit on the company's website. In response to the issue, which allowed unauthorized users to reset PSN account passwords, Sony has temporarily shut down access to accounts on its site.
Eurogamer says it saw the exploit in action via a live demonstration after it was reported on by Nylevia. Essentially, hackers with access to the e-mail address associated with an account and the account holder's birthdate could reset the password, blocking the original user from accessing his account.
Sony has shut down that functionality on its site, and posted a statement simply saying that the server is currently down for maintenance. There's no word on how long it will be until it's restored.