Did you recently receive an email from Sony regarding your Sony Entertainment Network Account? You are not alone as Sony sent out a warning last night to select users.
The letter in my email read:
Dear valued customer,
The Sony Entertainment Network team routinely monitors for any irregular activity, and if such activity is detected, we may sometimes reset passwords of affected accounts to protect consumers and their account information. Your account password was recently reset as part of this process and you will need to create a new password the next time you access your account using the "Forgot Your Password" option on the Sign in screen.
We encourage you to create a complex unique password that you have not used before or isn't the same password as those associated with other online services. As always, we also encourage you to keep a close eye on your account for any unusual activity including emails about transactions you did not perform. Please click here if you need help in changing your password, or to contact us for additional assistance.
Also, remember that Sony will never ask you for your password or any personal or account information in an email. Please use caution if you receive any emails or phone calls from anyone asking for personal information or directing you to a website where you are asked to provide personal information.
The Sony Entertainment Network Team
In a report by IGN, some users reported fraudulent charges on everything from their PSN account to their actual bank ATM cards. One user wrote in saying they received an email saying $50 was added to his account and minutes later, received another email of another $50.
I've reached out to Sony as to whether or not users should be concerned about security but have not received a response yet.
If you ever notice any irregular activity on any account you access, changing your password is usually the first line of defense.