User Gets Account Hacked On PSN And Gets Credit Card Abuse, Loses Everything As Sony Locks Account

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PlayStation 4 has been launched nearly worldwide with more launches coming to the countries as the days progress. Seeing a very successful launch, both financially and commercially, PlayStation 4 has been hailed as the most powerful next-gen console, both in terms of demand and performance.

But everything has its flaws. Sony’s PSN service was under heavy fire and scrutiny when the network was compromised by hackers and it was classified as “external intrusion” when hackers got hold of all the credit card numbers and data from the network. This resulted in bad press for Sony as it tried hard to contain the breach and fix the issue as soon as possible as well as offering protection to the customers whose credit cards may have been compromised.

Today, a PSN user faced the same issue, that is, he woke up to unauthorized transactions from his PSN account which also had his credit card linked to it. The user, Spiritualized_80, today on PlayStation’s Official Support Forums, reported that he woke up to confirmation emails about his purchases of wallet points for Fifa. These transactions were made at 5am local time of the user at which he was asleep. Confirming that it wasn’t him who made these transactions and also that he has never ever shared his PSN account or the username/password for his account with anyone, it can only mean that he was the latest victim in PSN hacking.

Spiritualized_80 phoned customer support at Sony to discuss the issue and Sony replied with that they will be locking down his account completely. Which means that all his PSN purchases, friends list, trophies and more will be made invalid and he would have no access to his account anymore. Although we’re pretty sure that this lockdown of his account will be temporary until Sony finds the breach and confirms the hack and unauthorized use. Until then, the user cannot access its account.

Sony promised that its PSN service will only get better and more secured following the release of the PlayStation 4. Online multiplayer gaming is now behind a paywall, you need a PS+ subscription to play online multiplayer now and Sony stated that this decision will lead them to invest in more security and better performance. PSN service has been going under constant maintenance ever since the launch of the PlayStation 4. We hope that no loopholes or security flaws have been found by the hackers to compromise the network once again.

Till then we advise our readers to keep a sharp eye out on any activity that looks suspicious and to take precautions when using their credit card on PSN and linking to their account.

Stay tuned with us as we bring you more information as the story develops.

 

 

Ali Moin

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  • Kamille

    and here I am with my account hacked too and sony can’t do shit because I can’t provide the with the serial number of a console that I bought at launch in 2006 but broke like 4 years ago.

  • jacob catley

    i need help what should i do this has happened to me again it says the transaction was at 5 in the morning and they have cleared out by bank account of money what should i do ?

  • Tristan Peters

    No such think as hacking on psn obviously the guy tried to game share with some random guy and gave out his info like a retard

  • Axe99

    This might be related to an issue with FIFA Ultimate Team – there were almost identical occurences happening with last year’s FIFA on X360, and problems to do with phishing for account details. Locking the account while investigating is the way to go though – suggesting (which the article implicitly does) it’s some kind of inappropriate thing to do is silly. Sympathies to the user that was affected, of course. The real villain here is the hacker though, and that the article doesn’t focus on them calls into question their ethical compass a little ;).

  • Psytrix

    Sony should add a secure user pin for their transactions – no pin, no purchase.

  • Jedi44

    I had to look up whats FIFA is. I never played FIFA, I had three transactions of 50 dollars removed from my credit card and put into my PSN wallet. I caught this right away and contacted Sony. If any of you look at PSN support Forums you will note this happened to multiple people. I do not think this is due to FIFA since I have never played that game ever.

  • Dead-Sync

    I don’t understand how this is a story. One user getting their account compromised? This happens all the time everywhere, due to various reasons – not related to the service itself. While Im all for everyone checking their accounts to make sure this isn’t a service breach – it sounds like this isn’t, and thus, would not be a story. Unless we want an article written for anytime anyone gets their own account compromised for any online service ever.

  • brandonheat8

    the FIFA stealers strike again, why do people do this and why is the money always spent on FIFA?

  • Dennis Crosby

    Its a combination of Sony and EA are not at fault here Sony need to beef up security and EA need to also especially with FiFA. And gamers need to change passwords every couple of months so they can help keep themselves safe as well

  • Jeffery Wright

    This actually happened to me as well. Three transactions, two totaling 50 and one around 46 (to keep my wallet balance at 150) were added to my credit card. I’m starting to wonder about the level of security with Sony’s network. This already happened once and it is seriously starting to drain Sony’s reputation.

    • Guest

      Happens on Xbox all the time. You need to use a better password, kid.

      • Jeffery Wright

        I’m 29.

        • Guest

          :|

  • Jason Mounce

    So many Xbone drones in here and desperate Anti-Sony trolls, this is just sad.

    To Ali Moin, please don’t make Clickbait and if you aren’t, please don’t be an idiot and think because a users account got Busted into or bruteforced or even as simple as a user having a weak password = “it can only mean that he was the latest victim in PSN hacking.”

    Jumping to conclusions like that, makes you officially an imbecile.

    Wait for Sony to finish their investigation and discover how it happened and why. Likely User-fault, where the Xbone Drones will want to believe PSN is compromised again, funny to see what gets kids hard these days.

    • Yannick Lapointe

      its pretty much always Dakan45, hes on all playstation related news regurgitating the same shit over and over and over and over, then he use the “guest” name and regurgitate again over and over and over, just google Dakan45, the guy have over 9000 comments (the 3/4 is always copy/paste but he put so much effort in it…. thats seriously pathetic…someone from sony must have raped him when he was a child.)

      • Ω GUNTZ

        Dakan45 is just a giant Sony Cocksucking vaginal discharge horsemonkie

      • Jason Mounce

        Nah, the Pauperstation spewing dude is Pauperkiller2013, unsure if an alternate account of Dakan45 though. Both of them have different ways of being annoying. Could just be an alter-ego but, Pauper is an extremist in which I’d bet any money they’re a basement dweller though.

        • Ω GUNTZ

          oh they are the same person. a giant cocksucking doucher

          • Jason Mounce

            You really seem to be into the cocksucking derogatory wording aren’t you :l

          • Ω GUNTZ

            Shut it :l

          • Jason Mounce

            XD

          • Ω GUNTZ

            Clown.

          • Jason Mounce

            :3?

          • Ω GUNTZ

            :(

          • Jason Mounce

            Grow up :l

            Also, there’s no need to stalk other peoples Post-history and tell others to Shut up randomly on a post irrelevant to how upset you seem to be. “Oh shutup” > Deletes comment.

            lol.

          • Ω GUNTZ

            Huh?

          • Jason Mounce

            No need to act stupid.

            Because we all know you don’t need to act what you already are :D

            Badumtish~

          • Ω GUNTZ

            Keep bitching and moaning, kid.

          • Jason Mounce

            What’s ironic is that you say this and then right below this exact post, everyone can read you go:

            “Dakan45 is just a giant Sony Cocksucking vaginal discharge horsemonkie”

            By all means, keep telling me that I’m the one bitching and moaning. Says the guy who calls people a ‘Sony Cocksucking vaginal discharge horsemonkie’ over the internet ;)

          • Ω GUNTZ

            It’s not unusual to be loved by anyone, It’s not unusual to have fun with anyone, But when I see…

          • Kreator

            XBL FTW!

          • Guest

            XBL sucks

  • Guest

    $0N¥ PauperStation Foul alright. Piece of Sh*t NOTwork.

    • bigevilworldwide

      WOW you literally have to be the dumbest fucking person I have ever seen….Pauperstation are you mentally retarded? I mean wow, PSN wasn’t hacked and this is the exact same thing that happened for an entire Calendar year on XBL costing hundreds of people hundreds of dollars….But your so fucking retarded you just wanted to make your ignorant pauperstation comment without even knowing what they fuck your talking about….Please go do society a favor and drink some bleach

      • Guest

        and you’re the biggest PAUPER on the planet. GFY!

        • Yannick Lapointe

          regurgitate the regurgitation, arent you tired Dakan to look like a fool getting blue in the face?

          must be a full time job for you, hope your parent basement is comfy.

          • Guest

            man shuuuuuuuuuuuut the fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuck up

  • Dacrusher

    LOL! one user gets their account hacked and you write an article as if the PSN system has been hacked!!! MAJOR FAIL!

    • Jeffery Wright

      It happened to my account as well. It obviously wasn’t on the same scale as what happened with the PS3 a few years ago, but I think something’s gone awry.

  • Enjoy

    To join a lot of hacking communities you have to do things like this( hack an account, prove you have control, eg making a purchase). Usually stops there. But I agree this was probably a uneducated user who uses the same password for multiple sites or a very weak password. Lastly, anyone who thinks they are more safe on Xbox Live are very wrong. If I want to get onto a account I am going too. The only thing that is safe from a good hacker is on paper.

    • bigevilworldwide

      Yes but 75% or more of the people on XBL have the intelligence of a fruit fly….They would prefer to ignore the fact that this already happened for an entire year on XBL and hundreds of people lost hundreds of dollars which took them months to get back, and they were also unable to access their account for months…It was awesome the way they blamed their customers and/or weak passwords knowing that it was their own fault for allowing unlimited passwords attempts…..Doesn’t matter how “strong” a password is when you have a brute force program and unlimited password attempts…..

      This whole article reeks of epic fail and shit heel reporting since it pretends the PSN was hacked and ignores that this same exact thing happened on XBL, it was also confirmed that this is some exploit in FIFA ON BOTH CONSOLES

  • dickbag1000

    this is why you give your credit card so easily

  • Nailuj

    Same thing happens on xbox live , and they will temp ban your account while investigating too. Nothing new

  • brianc6234

    Are you an idiot? This isn’t PSN hacking at all. Maybe he used an easy password though and it was on other accounts so they hacked his account.

    • chrisredfield31

      Yeah these guys are retarded and have no idea about hacking of any kind. I learned this from the Blizzard community as hacking is rampant there, and users usually think they have no idea why they’ve been breached. The reason is that users have weak passwords and use the same passwords across all sites, including their gaming networks. Hackers attack 3rd party sites (fansites) which have weaker security, obtain the info and they brute force different password/username combinations until they get in.

      It’s a common occurrence. Has nothing to do with Sony = free (therefore hacks), Microsoft = paid (therefore no hacks). That’s just completely illogical not to mention fallacy. Gamers are just so stupid and so quick to jump to conclusions, ESPECIALLY because of bias.

    • Kreator

      Are you stupid?

  • Jedi44

    I had 3 transactions of 50 dollars taken from my Credit Card and put into my wallet. I have contacted Sony but this is happening to people as I type this out. Look at the PSN support forum other people had their money taken in same manner but spent! I was lucky as of right now none of it was spent. I hope to get a refund, but I really hope those hackers don’t drain my bank account. I will never again, ever use a credit card on PSN or in PSN store ever!! Lesson learned!!!!

    • Yannick Lapointe

      i bet you play FiFA and always use the same password for everything. right?

      • Jedi44

        I don’t know what FIFA is, I have a different password for everything and guess what, I bet you thought I was a guy but I am a girl!

  • Gamer

    psn sucks he should have played it safe and gone with xbox live

    • bigevilworldwide

      Which has the exact same problem also genius…..The PSN wasn’t hacked or are you that stupid you forget the entire calendar year that hundreds of people lost real hundreds of dollars on XBL because Micro$haft thought it would be ingenious to allow unlimited password attempts……0 people lost 0 dollars when the PSN was hacked

  • Faisal Munayam

    greatness… has been compromised…again. LOL

    • xmanta

      what ppl dont understand is this was the same thing happening to the Xbox 2years ago its EA not Sony every fifa game have this problem when you used you’re card on their server for a big company like EA this is not good

      • Tj V

        yep ea needs to fix their shit

        • Guest

          $0N¥ needs to fix their paupernetwork.

          • Yannick Lapointe

            oh look, its “Guest” Dakan45 again raging at Sony related news.

            btw, “But everything has its flaws. Sony’s PSN service was under heavy fire
            and scrutiny when the network was compromised by hackers and it was
            classified as “external intrusion” when hackers got hold of all the
            credit card numbers and data from the network. This resulted in bad
            press for Sony as it tried hard to contain the breach and fix the issue
            as soon as possible as well as offering protection to the customers
            whose credit cards may have been compromised.”

            That entire
            paragraph is completely wrong. First of all, no one’s CC info was
            compromised. I repeat, NO ONE’S CC info was compromised. It was
            encrypted. Secondly, it wasn’t a hack. An unauthorized individual was
            given security keys to access PSN with developer credentials. Sony found
            out, and the month of downtime was to shut down the current state of
            PSN, get new servers, and move the entire operation to a completely new
            city so as to prevent this from happening again.

            “Today, a
            PSN user faced the same issue, that is, he woke up to unauthorized
            transactions from his PSN account which also had his credit card linked
            to it. The user, Spiritualized_80, today on PlayStation’s Official
            Support Forums, reported that he woke up to confirmation emails about
            his purchases of wallet points for Fifa. These transactions were made at
            5am local time of the user at which he was asleep. Confirming that it
            wasn’t him who made these transactions and also that he has never ever
            shared his PSN account or the username/password for his account with
            anyone, it can only mean that he was the latest victim in PSN hacking.”

            This wasn’t a hack in the traditional sense then. Fifa has
            had this happen on Live before as well. This means that PSN wasn’t
            hacked. It’s more likely his account was phished without his knowledge.
            If PSN were hacked, there’d be a lot more stories like this one and so
            far there hasn’t been.

            Bad reporting is bad.

          • Ω GUNTZ

            cockbag

    • bigevilworldwide

      DERP…..Too bad this is the exact same thing that happened on XBL…..Oh wait Sony didn’t come out and blame their customers though like Micro$haft….But then again Micro$haft was the fucking retarded company that thought it would be cool to allow unlimited password attempts letting anyone with a brute force program just leave it to run……Too bad this isn’t actually the PSN being hacked, it’s something with an exploit in FIFA which was already CONFIRMED

  • Andrew Bates

    This happened to me around a month ago, sony refused to refund me the money taken from my account (£50) and said if i take it up with my bank the account would be banned with no method of recovery, ive taken it as a lesson not to store bank details.

    • Faisal Munayam

      you mean not to store anything on psn because sony security sucks.. wow i’m surprised they didn’t refund you.

      • Andre bates

        They vanned the console that attacked the account and stated that the terms and conditions say that account security is down to the end user. Complete bs if you ask me but if I agreed it then I agreed

  • Darklurkr23

    That sucks. And spent on FIFA? A SPORTS GAME? If your going to steal money, at least buy something good with it jeez

    • LuffyPanda15

      exactly what i was thinking