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"?

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yellowgerbil1597d 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.

TOGC1597d ago

Or go down the pre paid route.

Eonjay1597d 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.

kreate1597d ago

The psn got hacked or FIFA got hacked?

PeaSFor1597d ago (Edited 1597d 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.

SilentNegotiator1597d ago (Edited 1597d 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?


GutZ311596d ago

Thanks again EA, we couldn't hate any other company as much as you.

UltimateMaster1596d ago (Edited 1596d 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.

Ritsujun1596d ago

People're still playing FIFA?

yezz1596d ago (Edited 1596d ago )


Of course people are still playing Fifa?!! People who love football like to play football games...

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C-H-E-F1597d 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.

gameseveryday1597d ago (Edited 1597d ago )

It's simple. Use your credit card only when you need it. Once you are done with your transaction, remove it.

0ut1awed1597d ago (Edited 1597d 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.

Ripsta7th1597d ago

Is the PSN that unreliable?? Do i really have to delete my account details every time i purchase something

tiffac0081597d 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.

0ut1awed1597d ago (Edited 1597d 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+.

iiwii1597d ago (Edited 1597d 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.

Christopher1597d 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.

pivotplease1597d 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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fullmetal2971596d ago

It funny because that the first thing Son'y asked for when I redeemed my PS Plus Trial.

Ohohoho1596d 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.

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kneon1597d 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.

Ray1861597d ago

Sounds like you have American Express.

kneon1597d 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.

v6volume1596d ago

Yeah I love that. Bank of America does that

thrust1597d ago

Or have a network that does not keep getting hacked?

Ketzicorn1597d ago

Yes even though the issue with Fifa was huge on the 360 for years it must be a PSN issue.

Enigma_20991597d ago

Does such a network even exist?

GirlOnFire1597d ago (Edited 1597d 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. -_-

yellowgerbil1597d 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.

SoulSercher6201597d 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.

Ju1596d 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?

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CynicalKelly1597d 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.

Shadowsteal1597d ago

Or buy from amazon and have a code in 30 seconds?...

CynicalKelly1597d ago (Edited 1597d 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?

ground_beef1597d ago (Edited 1597d ago )

You do have a point there, but psn cards are everywhere now. There's amazon for us customers, and then there's 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.

yellowgerbil1597d 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

CynicalKelly1597d ago (Edited 1597d 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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BlackBusterCritic1597d 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.

Blaze9291597d ago (Edited 1597d 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

Lord_Sloth1597d ago

Read the article. This isn't a PSN issue, it's a FIFA issue.

TH3BR3W1596d ago (Edited 1596d ago )

Hooked on phonics. A future investment for your future dude.

DarkHeroZX1597d 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.

StoutBEER1597d ago

That sucks. I cant imagine how I would feel if my X1 were to get hacked :(

---stone---1596d ago (Edited 1596d ago )

Its XBL accounts. Pertains to both the 360 and Xbox One (can/could happen on X1). :(

BallsEye1597d ago (Edited 1597d ago )

Or tell sony to invest in the damn security. Why XBL ain't getting hacked as much?

kenshiro1001596d ago (Edited 1596d ago )

Learn to read. It's a FIFA issue and it pertains to BOTH consoles.

BallsEye1595d ago


Learn to read. I said AS MUCH.

AngelicIceDiamond1597d ago


Are you implying you can't trust PSN's payment system?

3-4-51596d ago

PSN cards guys...use em

IIXIXI1596d 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_Us1596d 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!

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Evil_Abed1597d ago

Oh PlayStation Network *sigh*

LordMaim1597d ago

Its hardly a PSN issue if it's the same issue that was happening on the 360.

Roccetarius1597d ago

But EA said it was MS's fault, and the other way around. The blame keeps passing on. :)

Gamer6661596d 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.

beerzombie1596d ago

As An Xbox fan Id say its 100% Fifa soccer (EA)fault and a reason I do not buy that game.

JackVagina1597d ago

Reported to be happening on X360 aswell..

ziggurcat1596d ago

oh illiterate troll *sigh*

Megaton1597d ago

How is this still happening in FIFA? How has nobody sued the pants off of EA?

ground_beef1597d 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.

hankmoody1597d ago

Gotta give it to Sony, they really want you to have the same experience with the PS4 that you did with the PS3.

bsquwhere1597d ago the article you troll. It happened on the 360 as well. My God you bots are dumb.

hankmoody1597d 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.

ziggurcat1596d ago (Edited 1596d 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.

WeAreLegion1597d ago

Sounds like EA wants you to have a 360 experience on the PS4.

Hicken1597d 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..

solidjun51596d ago (Edited 1596d ago )

He's the same guy who said Polygon has integrity.

Yea...sure buddy. Sure.