Submitted by Rashid Sayed 540d ago | news

PSN Accounts Being Hacked, FIFA 14 Trading Cards Apparently Compromising Users

Remember how Sony reset PlayStation Network passwords last week, following reports of "irregular activity"? (PS3, PS4)

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yellowgerbil  +   540d ago
That is why you don't have a credit card linked to your system. When will people learn.
go to the store and buy psncards or do it through amazon.
TOGC  +   540d ago
Or go down the pre paid route.
Eonjay  +   540d ago
"And of course it was also because of FIFA. That game is behind a large quantity of these unauthorized charges. All because of the trading cards or whatever it is in the game that you can buy with real money."

Micro-transactions are the Devil. FIFA was the only descent game that EA made that had next to no bugs and was actually worth a damn... EA's failure is complete.
kreate  +   540d ago
The psn got hacked or FIFA got hacked?
PeaSFor  +   540d ago
Some peoples use the SAME PASSWORD FOR EVERYTHING, thats the main problem, no wonder why some peoples wakeup with hijacked accounts and still blame others for their lack of precautions.

Why blame yourself when you can blame others..., sure they are "victims", victim of their own lack of precautions.
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SilentNegotiator  +   540d ago
Better yet, when will people learn to stop buying the exploit-ridden FIFA games? Wasn't FIFA how Microsoft employees and pachter got their XBL accounts hacked a few years back?

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GutZ31  +   540d ago
Thanks again EA, we couldn't hate any other company as much as you.
UltimateMaster  +   540d ago
It's more of a problem with Fifa than it is with PSN or Xbox Live.
Unless of course Both PSN and Xbox Live got hacked recently and everyone kept quiet about it which I seriously doubt.

The issue is that you need to create your own account with Origin within PSN or Xbox Live.
Even if Origin gets hacked, they have your email and user ID and info, and if you use the same password on both, then chances are your PSN or XGL account can get compromised.

PSN will send you yearly password resets to make sure you don't always have the same password for security measures. You should do the same with all of your emails and passwords, keep them refreshed.
The best security system in the world changes password every day.
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Ritsujun  +   540d ago
People're still playing FIFA?
yezz  +   540d ago

Of course people are still playing Fifa?!! People who love football like to play football games...
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C-H-E-F  +   540d ago
Exactly after the first hack, that's how I do it (PSN cards). When i'm forced to enter CC information for plus/netflix etc. I put it in and then delete it ASAP. Those who are hacked in the future and have their CC info on their account deserve it lOl.
Rashid Sayed  +   540d ago
It's simple. Use your credit card only when you need it. Once you are done with your transaction, remove it.
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0ut1awed  +   540d ago
This exactly what I do, PSN cards only. Again that's because of the month plus downtime and millions of jeopardized accounts a two years or so ago on the PSN.

Now to say you deserve to have your CC info taken if it's on a account is absurd. They are a legitimate company. If they give you a service that allows them to hold your CC then they are responsible.
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Ripsta7th  +   540d ago
Is the PSN that unreliable?? Do i really have to delete my account details every time i purchase something
tiffac008  +   540d ago
^ Rip

In this day and age, its better to be REALLY safe than sorry. Not saying PSN is unreliable but nothing will go wrong with being cautious.
0ut1awed  +   540d ago
Exactly, I'm not terribly worried about it. Hell I know if my info does get taken then I will get refunded anyways.

It's just not that big of a deal for me to go buy the codes off of Amazon whenever I need them. That also ensures that I won't have a payment applied automatically without me realizing it, like for example the renewal of PS+.
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iiwii  +   540d ago
That's what I did for the free month of PS+

Entered my card info, got PS+ activated, deleted card info from account


That is the biggest reason I do it too. I hate when you forget to cancel something and they auto bill your card for it.
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Christopher  +   540d ago
Just to note, you can add money via PayPal on the SEN Web site. That's how I do it. Since it requires an outside login to paypal to access the funds, it's a double wall of security.
pivotplease  +   540d ago
Most people don't have an issue with this though. Perhaps I'm playing a dangerous game but between the number of PS users, being able to blame Sony or a company like EA for any compromises, and having CC protection, I'm not that worried at all.

Watch me come back to this comment full of regret in a few months lol.
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fullmetal297  +   540d ago
It funny because that the first thing Son'y asked for when I redeemed my PS Plus Trial.
Ohohoho  +   539d ago
It seems many of you are still under the impression that what happened with PSN was actually a hack, and millions of people had their info (including CC info) stolen.

It wasn't actually a hack. What happened was the keys to PSN were "stolen" and an unauthorized user logged in with developer credentials. Once discovered, that individual was locked out. The month long downtime was to acquire new servers with new security measures and to move them to a new location.

Absolutely no one's CC information was stolen as that information is encrytped.

Though removing your CC information is definitely the safest way to keep your information out of unwanted hands, it's also a tad paranoid to do so.
kneon  +   540d ago
I have 0 liability for credit card fraud. I've had bogus charges on credit cards before and it's never been because of using them online. I just call and tell the credit card company, or sometimes they call me because they see unusual activity. They just send me a new card and it's never cost me a dime.
Ray186  +   540d ago
Sounds like you have American Express.
kneon  +   540d ago
I have Amex, visa and Mastercard, all have had fraudulent charges at one time or another and all have a zero liability policy.

I have an extra visa card with only a $5000 limit that I use only for online purchases and it's the one card that has never been compromised.
v6volume  +   540d ago
Yeah I love that. Bank of America does that
thrust  +   540d ago
Or have a network that does not keep getting hacked?
Ketzicorn  +   540d ago
Yes even though the issue with Fifa was huge on the 360 for years it must be a PSN issue.
Enigma_2099  +   540d ago
Does such a network even exist?
GirlOnFire  +   540d ago
This isn't just an PS3/PS4 article its an 360 article misleading title. Xbox 360 is so easy to hack they had kids guides to hack users on YouTube. PlayStation got hacked once by an genius and kids threatens to hack the Xbox 360 everyday. -_-
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yellowgerbil  +   540d ago
the harder to hack the more determined they will be to hack it. There is no getting around it, some do it because of the money, most do it for the attention.
so be safe and don't give a gaming company your personal info. My name is Darth Vader my home city is the death star.
SoulSercher620  +   540d ago
You say that as if Xbox Live can't be hacked. If the government can be hacked into, I can guarantee Xbox Live can be as well.
Ju  +   540d ago
Who's spreading that FUD anyway? When was PSN hacked again? They are probably under constant attacks, but where are the reports the network got compromised? Link?
CynicalKelly  +   540d ago
We shouldn't have to drive all the way to an ATM to take out money and go all the way to a store to buy a prepaid card just to insert a code to be able to pay for any service.

I use my card for everything. Not just shopping online but ordering take out or going to the store for a drink. I should be able to use it here.

I think it's absurd to tell people to just buy prepaid cards instead of demanding better security.
Shadowsteal  +   540d ago
Or buy from amazon and have a code in 30 seconds?...
CynicalKelly  +   540d ago

Buy things from Amazon with a card right? Why can't I just expect the same security that I get on Amazon from Xbox Live and PSN instead of having to jump through hoops?

Why even defend this?
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ground_beef  +   540d ago
You do have a point there, but psn cards are everywhere now. There's amazon for us customers, and then there's pcgamesupply.com and Maximus cards for international customers. There are also some other sites for specific regions, but pcgamesupply is the best. All of these sites deliver your psn card code thru email within a maximum of 10-15 minutes, if it's your first time though it'll take 12 hrs or a day for some sites. I've used pcgamesupply and Maximus cards, and the code is received in my mailbox within 2 minutes. Never had issues with it. But I understand your point.

Also since 2010 I never use my CC for buying online anymore. My bank has this thing where they issue you an online only CC, and once it reaches 0 you can't go use it unless you refill it with cash,so I have to go refill it with cash from the nearest branch, which is right next to my apartment, so it doesn't bother me much. It's really way better than using your original cc, as you only refill the amount you want to use, so even if somehow the card gets hacked, they can only take the amount that's on the card at that time, can't go beyond 0 like with your original cc. I just don't trust online shopping anymore. Am pretty sure most banks do this.
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yellowgerbil  +   540d ago
you buy through amazon because their ENTIRE business is built around dealing with your information. No matter how beefed up Sony gets with security it is still not their main focus. Also I read that paypal is getting integrated in the near future which will greatly help with these issues. love paypal
CynicalKelly  +   540d ago

Hardly an excuse. I pay for Xbox Live and PSN, they don't have an excuse to take protecting my information lightly. Amazon only gets a cut of my purchases.

And that is besides the point. It's the LAW for these companies to protect our information and liking these companies is no excuse to give them a pass on things like this.
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BlackBusterCritic  +   540d ago
I worked for EA support until recently, and I can tell you right now, this has been an issue on both PS3 and Xbox360 as well. Most cases go directly to team that supports the game developers to investigate account activity to solve these issues.
Blaze929  +   540d ago
soooo when Sony said the password emails were done "purely as precautionary measure and there was no specific evidence that any accounts had been compromised.” - they were lying?...just like the first time it got hacked? smh
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Lord_Sloth  +   540d ago
Read the article. This isn't a PSN issue, it's a FIFA issue.
ftrain  +   540d ago
Try reading first.
TH3BR3W  +   540d ago
Hooked on phonics. A future investment for your future dude.
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DarkHeroZX  +   540d ago
And no one bothers to read the article, it says both MS and Sony are having this issue not just Sony. It has to do with EA's system which for some reason charges you for everything.
StoutBEER  +   540d ago
That sucks. I cant imagine how I would feel if my X1 were to get hacked :(
---stone---  +   539d ago
Its XBL accounts. Pertains to both the 360 and Xbox One (can/could happen on X1). :(
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BallsEye  +   540d ago
Or tell sony to invest in the damn security. Why XBL ain't getting hacked as much?
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kenshiro100  +   540d ago
Learn to read. It's a FIFA issue and it pertains to BOTH consoles.
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BallsEye  +   538d ago

Learn to read. I said AS MUCH.
AngelicIceDiamond  +   540d ago

Are you implying you can't trust PSN's payment system?
3-4-5  +   540d ago
PSN cards guys...use em
IIXIXI  +   540d ago
LMAO no, why aren't you pissed off at Sony for having this happen to their loyal consumers? my god I hate seeing comments like this.
Games_R_Us  +   540d ago
I never store any credit cards on any system, however this is not good news as Sony always seems to be the target by hackers.

Lesson for all, dont input credit card details!
Evil_Abed  +   540d ago
Oh PlayStation Network *sigh*
LordMaim  +   540d ago
Its hardly a PSN issue if it's the same issue that was happening on the 360.
Roccetarius  +   540d ago
But EA said it was MS's fault, and the other way around. The blame keeps passing on. :)
Gamer666  +   540d ago
So is it happening on X1?

If it is then I can understand but I haven't heard any such thing on X1 yet.

If it isn't there must be difference on how this is handled through PSN that causes the issue.
beerzombie  +   540d ago
As An Xbox fan Id say its 100% Fifa soccer (EA)fault and a reason I do not buy that game.
JackVagina  +   540d ago
Reported to be happening on X360 aswell..
ziggurcat  +   540d ago
oh illiterate troll *sigh*
Megaton  +   540d ago
How is this still happening in FIFA? How has nobody sued the pants off of EA?
DanielGearSolid  +   540d ago
EA is seriously F'ing up
ground_beef  +   540d ago
Man I remember back in the mid-late nineties, ea was an amazing company. I remember reading an article back then about how Ea was the dream job for most game engineers/designers. How did they fall so far down the hole is beyond me. Reminds me of Eddie Murphy's career.
hankmoody  +   540d ago
Gotta give it to Sony, they really want you to have the same experience with the PS4 that you did with the PS3.
bsquwhere  +   540d ago
Wow..read the article you troll. It happened on the 360 as well. My God you bots are dumb.
hankmoody  +   540d ago
You sound like the kind of person that walks into random Gamestops just to argue with people. Don't be mad, bro. There's more to life than game consoles and sitting on your couch, waiting for your mom to serve you lunch.
ziggurcat  +   540d ago
@ hankmoody:

"You sound like the kind of person that walks into random Gamestops just to argue with people."

... says the person going into sony-related articles just to troll people...

and it you bothered to read before trolling like a ****ing idiot, you would have realized that it's related to the *game*, not the system/network.
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WeAreLegion  +   540d ago
Sounds like EA wants you to have a 360 experience on the PS4.
Hicken  +   540d ago
It's like you don't even care how wrong you are.

When was this a problem on PS3? When was the FIFA account hacking issue that plagued 360 for over a year but got ignored by Microsoft EVER a problem on PS3?

Oh? It wasn't? So you're just spouting BS then, like your typical Xbox fanboy?

So that's what it was..
solidjun5  +   540d ago
He's the same guy who said Polygon has integrity.

Yea...sure buddy. Sure.
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ALLWRONG  +   540d ago
Was it EA's fault when PSN got hacked and went down for a month? PSN has a terrible rep with hackers. At least with Live people have to be dumb enough to enter their username and password on a random website. With PSN you just go straight to the source, then get a bow and and a "sorry" from Sony execs.
crazysammy  +   540d ago
Your username is accurate in relation to your statement.
tanookisuit  +   540d ago
Did you not forget the free games that were offered? And yes, they were FREE games. It wasn't earth-shattering, but still a KIND gesture.
SoulSercher620  +   540d ago
You love typing up ignorant statements don't you?
solidjun5  +   540d ago
"You sound like the kind of person that walks into random Gamestops just to argue with people. Don't be mad, bro."

Says the troll who apparently doesn't read even though his mom is probably making him lunch. You have time bro. I guess you're just mad.
KakashiHotake  +   540d ago
I love PlayStation to death, but Sony has to tighten the security of PSN. I know their still fairly new to the online space but right now online security is there only weakness.
DanielGearSolid  +   540d ago
Read the article man... Its an issue with FIFA, it effected 360 users as well
Iltapalanyymi  +   540d ago
That's what you get for playing FIFA. And don't link your credit card on PSN you dumbass. Use PSN-cards and paypal.
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GirlOnFire  +   540d ago
I keep my card info always on there always...its too convenient to add a few bucks here and there. I never got an password reset.. I'm fine.
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ShinnokDrako  +   540d ago
Finally some food for the trolls! And once again, they show how stupid they are with idiotic comments, without reading the article.
This isn't a PSN issue, unless you're using PSN on the Xbox360 too.
xXtremeHDGamerXx  +   540d ago
troll article
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jcampanozzi87  +   540d ago
This happens more while shopping on Amazon that most people think. Within one year my card was compromised three times while buying items on Amazon. This is the world we live in people get over it, nothing is safe anymore.
ground_beef  +   540d ago
Sony reset passwords last week? I didn't get any notification. No email or psn message. Did they do that for real, or is this a rumor?
extermin8or  +   540d ago
for some Fifa players they noticed odd activity occurring for.... it's a Fifa issue so either you don't play Fifa? or you didn't buy stuff for it microtransactions style?
TwinDad  +   540d ago
They did indeed. There is a thread over on the official Sony Playstation forums of what to you to get your password reset.
not_quite_a_jedi  +   540d ago
My girlfriend's password was reset,I thought her account had been hacked,but fortunately not,no purchases on her account. Forgot her fake birth date though,her account was temporarily banned until we e-mailed them a copy of her I.D to confirm she is of age to have an account,and to verify her birth date.
Darkfist  +   540d ago
lol love reading xbots comments, idiots
True_Samurai  +   540d ago
The feeling is visa versa
christocolus  +   540d ago

Then i guess your a fool then. Right?
Majin-vegeta  +   540d ago
Lol some people in here can't read lol.

This is why I'm done with EA first BF4 is a broken POS and now this again?
HonestDragon  +   540d ago
What I find interesting is that a lot of comments are citing that this isn't the first time FIFA has had issues like this. Is it true that FIFA games have had hacking problems into users' accounts? I knew Origin and EA were seriously having problems, but this takes the cake.
Twinblade  +   540d ago
So only people that played Fifa are being hacked?
Random404  +   540d ago
xbox 360 and xbox one users should enable 2 factor authentication on your xbox live account. It doesn't matter than If your password is compromised because the hacker/thief will need that second factor which can be sent to your cell phone or secondary e-mail account or using an authenticator app for your cell phone. You can disable the 2nd factor for your xbox once you initially sign on, so you don't have to do it everytime. If EA is the problem and they have your info and are the ones billing then you are still probably screwed, but overall you should be safer.
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Funantic1  +   540d ago
Gosh I've only had my PS4 for 3 weeks.
ziggurcat  +   540d ago
quit lying. everyone here knows you don't even own a PS4.
joshmille99  +   540d ago
Jesus EA, didn't this happen earlier this year with FIFA also?
zippycup  +   540d ago
man this reminds me i need to update all my passwords i started switching them every 6 months or so haven't done it in a wile
andibandit  +   540d ago
Not again sony ffs
AnotherGamer117  +   540d ago
Okay, everybody take a breath. Since you can log in to your PSN account (or XBOX live account) online then your password can be subject to brute force attacks.

It is fairly easy to setup some code to brute force passwords on almost any site. I have read articles on different sites about common terms and brute force hacking and how sophisticated it has become. There are also supposedly sites that explain how to do it and provide you with brute force hacking databases.

In summary, if you have an account that is accessible anywhere online it can be hacked - period. I generally use a lengthy password of more than 12 characters including numbers and special characters in all my passwords. I also only ever pay by points or PSN bucks or use a reloadable CC.
SoulSercher620  +   540d ago
Wow so Xbots suddenly forgot how to read now huh? It's not happening on 360 as stated in the article huh? The ignorance is truly mind blowing.
Lowsnamebrand  +   540d ago
I was about to say the headlines misleading because its happening on the xbox too, only difference is Sony took steps to try to keep it from happening I don't know about MS
kingPoS  +   540d ago
I just use paypal. My my psn id is come_get_me & my password is comeatmebro.

Gateway MT6706 2008
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CernaML  +   540d ago
My password was reset and I never even touched FIFA. :|
Codeman420  +   540d ago
Didnt Fifa have this issue on the 360 before and EA claimed that nothing was happening? Maybe EA should actually look at it this time.
Flames76  +   540d ago
You get what you pay for.Thats why i have been with Xbox since 2001 and yet to have any problems or anyone being hacked on live.
ftrain  +   540d ago
And PS+ is a much better service. I suggest reading next time.
neoMAXMLC  +   540d ago
Right, let's just forget that this same exact hack has been an on going issue with Xbox Live for years already.
Max-Zorin  +   540d ago
Online security always sucked. And lmao at the fanboys proving that Sony and MS do NOT have a friendly fanbase.
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chrispseuphoria  +   540d ago
As I remember, Xbox Live was hacked as well through FIFA.
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