Warning: Check your PlayStation Network account. A security breach may have changed your password

PlayStation Network 3D logoSony Computer Entertainment has issued the following statement warning that a “small percentage” of PlayStation Store accounts may have been breached, and subsequently had their passwords changed.

To quote Sony: “We have found out that there has been a possibility of unauthorized access to personal information on the PlayStation Store through PCs, a content download service of the PlayStation Network. Although unlikely, it is possible that the passwords of a small percentage of PlayStation Network users may have been changed through unauthorized access, making it possible to view users’ personal information and/or use the Wallet for the PlayStation Store. PlayStation Network accounts do not display entire credit card numbers, so any unauthorized access to your PlayStation Network account is very unlikely to compromise your credit card number.

We have taken immediate measures to rectify this issue and system security is restored.

We have investigated the extent of unauthorized access and possible alteration of passwords that could have occurred before corrective measures were taken, and are directly contacting customers who may have been affected by this incident. In order to verify that your account is intact, we strongly suggest that PlayStation Network users sign in to the service. If you can successfully sign in with your pre-set password, your account is not affected by this incident.”

For more information, please contact your local Customer Service (for the phone number or email, see your PS3 manual). Remember to NOT disclose your log-in or password details on any email communications.

I’m going to test it myself shortly, but this would seem like a rather major security breach there. 🙁