If you have a PlayStation Network, Windows Live or 2K Game Studio account then you’re strongly advised to change your passwords and to do it sooner rather than later. Like now.
Hackers have leaked what they claim is a small sampling of the hundreds of thousands of usernames and passwords in their possession for these and other internet services, most notably Twitter and Facebook as well.
VG247 writes that “2,131 PSN ID 1,473 Windows Live and 2,000 2K Game Studio accounts have allegedly been compromised, with usernames and passwords dumped into a Pastebin file where anybody can see them.”
You’re encouraged to change your passwords for those services anyway, even if your data isn’t part of the initial hacked password dump just in case the claims are true. It’s especially vital if you’ve used the same passwords for those services in other places.
“We have 800,000 from 2K and 500,000 credit card data. In all of our raids we have a total of around 7 million usernames and passwords,” a spokesperson claiming to represent the group of hackers has said. “We have around 2 million Comcast accounts, 620,000 Twitter accounts, 1.2 million credentials belonging to the CIA domain, 200,000 Windows Live accounts, 3 million Facebook, 1.7 million EA Origin accounts, etc.”
According to the VG247 article, the hackers claim to have performed the hack after those companies ignored warnings that their security measures were inadequate. It’s not confirmed yet whether their other claims are legitimate, so at the very least you should change your passwords for the services whose credentials the group has proven itself to have.
[Source – VG247, image Shutterstock]