The Playstation Network is under attack

Posted By | On 20th, Apr. 2010 Under News

Numerous PSN users have been reporting that scammers have infiltrated the Playstation Network and are stealing users account details.

A number of chain emails containing URL’s to Playstation Network code generators may possibly have manifested themselves as virus attachments, but there is no easy way to tell. Some users have reportedly been charged over $300 for PSN content they did not purchase after opening chain emails.

It is currently unknown as to how PSN details, including credit card information could be obtained over the Playstation Network simply by opening an email, but Sony are investigating.

There have been a large number of these emails circulating. They may claim to offer free PSN points, or free credit, or free PSN content. If you receive any related email; DO NOT OPEN IT. This scam is proving to be highly dangerous, and seemingly has the ability to obtain your credit card details simply opening the email itself.

If you have already opened any such email, take the following steps ASAP:

1) Go to

2) Sign in to your account

3) Click on “Edit My Account Settings”

4) Log in again

5) Remove your credit card information

6) Change your email and password

There even appear to be links circulating on advertising these code-generator sites. Whatever you do, don’t click on them.

You have been warned.

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  • Oh snap, guess I’ll have to be more careful.

  • Satisfied non-upgrader

    This is why I’m glad I chose to not upgrade, and lose only access to the online network.

    I get a win-win and I’m about to blow Sony’s mind with a fat lawsuit. It’s going to be one of the greatest years yet for me.

  • chinaski

    my bank called me yesterday, I had 11 150 dollar charges on my bank card and I didn;t even open any emails or click any adds, my advice would be to just delete your card info asap…what a headache!

  • sherryberry

    Geez…I wonder if these charges have anything to do with the multiple sites that sell PSN ‘promotional cards’ for about 15 bucks but they are worth $150.00. Plus, these sites say you must use a new user account and use all the points with in 2 days or they will ‘expire’. I wonder why these scams have been able to go on so long without being shut down. I am assuming this is the source for these kinds of charges but I have no proof. Seems too shady especially when they tell you not to use your paypal account or it could be compromised.

  • kaseyb

    I was ripped off £200, but didn’t open any chain mails – haven’t even seen one.

    Thankfully, Sony refunded the money.

  • the title made it sound like a national crisis

  • Almost got ripped off of 149 dollars just now (oct 10th). Canceled my card to avoid problems…but it seems this is a real problem. Keep your ears to the ground!


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