PlayStation can’t seem to get a break when it comes to hackers. If its not DDoS attacks preventing gamers from going online, then their social media accounts are getting hacked. According to a recent article from Kotaku, on August 20th, PlayStation’s Twitter and Facebook accounts were hacked. The hackers identified themselves as OurMine, the same group responsible for taking over HBO and Game of Thrones’ social media accounts a few days earlier.
The group managed to send out a few tweets and Facebook messages before getting locked out, mainly harmless comments like “Subscribe to #DramaAlert.” They did claim to leak the PlayStation Network databases, however, and that has some gamers worried. This claim was quickly followed by another tweet stating, “No, we aren’t going to share it, we are a security group, if you works at PlayStation then please go to our website…” They then tried to make #PlaystationLeaks trending.
OurMine is a security hacker group known for hacking celebrity social media accounts, as well as the recent hacks of HBO shows Game of Thrones and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. They also claim to provide commercial services, such as testing social media accounts for vulnerability. They’re apparently so eager for work, they don’t even wait to get hired before they do their job.
It didn’t take long for Sony to regain control of the accounts from the “security group,” and OurMine’s tweets and posts were soon deleted. It was a pretty embarrassing situation for Sony, but given PlayStation’s history with hackers, things could’ve gone much worse.