Anonymous Claims PSN Hack Affecting 10 Million Accounts [Update: It's a Hoax]

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Anonymous claims it broke into the PlayStation Network and has a 50 gigabyte database of email accounts and their passwords. Ten million accounts "are at risk," says the hacker involved. The passwords appear to be encrypted, and many of the accounts published in this document appear to be from northern Europe. This still would be a great time to double-check your password security.

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Kotaku has contacted Sony for comment and will update as the situation progresses.

[Update] The list in question appears to be a copy of this pastebin posting from March 19.

[Update] Shane Bettenhausen, with business development at Sony Computer Entertainment America, says the claim is "totally fake."

[Update] Sony itself says the claim is "completely false."

DISCUSSION

WHY?! What the fuck do you have to gain by fucking over consumers?

Quote from the asshole who did it:

"I am a man with no name, I'm the man behind Anonymous, hence "master & card visa takedown in 2010" FBI, will you seize the innocent doors,or a devil behind that door whos staring right at'cha? I got no twitter,facebook, neither I go in IRC.. if someone takes credit for this pwnage, he's a faggot. What's the target?...It's SONY, MOTHERFUCKER."

"About 10 million fuckers at risk. Yes, if you play playstatio network, you're included<3"

Wow. This is what Anonymous has become... Also, last I checked there were over 90 million psn accounts.

http://n4g.com/news/956274/sony-boasts-90-million-psn-accounts#c-6352157