Sony hacked twice in one day, this time $1225 was stolen from accounts in Japan

Sony hacked twice in one day, this time $1225 was stolen from accounts in Japan

Summary: Just when it seems the PlayStation Network is finally back online with the PlayStation Store to follow on May 24, hackers are keeping Sony busy with two new cyber attacks today.

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Sony just can't seem to catch any breaks online. Just when it seems the PlayStation Network is finally back online with the PlayStation Store to follow on May 24, various sources are reporting two new cyber attacks on Sony websites today.

F-Secure Security Lab first discovered that a phishing site was hiding on the Sony Thailand homepage and stored on a Sony server this moring. It seems the malicious site was posing as an Italian credit card company CartaSi to try to collect personal data from unsuspecting users. (For more on phishing, check out the Wikipedia entry.) According to the F-Secure blog, "Basically this means that Sony has been hacked, again. Although in this case the server is probably not very important."

The second attack unfortunately caused more damage. According to Reuters, So-Net, the Internet provider of Sony Japan, "alerted customers that an intruder broke into its system and stole virtual points from account holders worth $1,225."

So how should Sony Japan and So-Net customers protect themselves from becoming the next victim?

“What we've done is stopped the So-Net points exchanges and told customers to change their passwords,” So-Net said in a statement to customers on its website in Japanese.

Without a doubt, Sony needs to better secure all its online properties (not just the PlayStation Network) quickly because the hackers are making a mockery of its seemingly wafer-thin defense system. This fiasco is quickly spiraling out of control.

[Source: F-Secure Blog via Ars Technica; Reuters via Chicago Tribune]

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  • haha

    haha
    ingramproductions
    • RE: Sony hacked twice in one day, this time $1225 was stolen from accounts in Japan

      @ingramproductions
      What is so funny about people getting there property stolen?
      Stan57
      • RE: Sony hacked twice in one day, this time $1225 was stolen from accounts in Japan

        @Stan57

        What's funny/pleasurable is seeing an immoral company get its comeuppance.
        josh92
    • RE: Sony hacked twice in one day, this time $1225 was stolen from accounts in Japan

      @ingramproductions

      rofl!

      they should look for these hackers and offer them a job!

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      jessy.braun84
  • RE: Sony hacked twice in one day, this time $1225 was stolen from accounts in Japan

    So what do these virtual points actually do? That's the reason video arcades all use tokens instead of quarters nowadays. If someone steals the token, who cares?
    Aerowind
    • RE: Sony hacked twice in one day, this time $1225 was stolen from accounts in Japan

      @Aerowind

      Uh, what world are you living in? In America, most video arcades still use quarters, not tokens.
      Lerianis10
  • RE: Sony hacked twice in one day, this time $1225 was stolen from accounts in Japan

    Deez guyz
    MoeFugger
  • RE: Sony hacked twice in one day, this time $1225 was stolen from accounts in Japan

    Sony now has a HUGE bullseye on its back. The hacker/modder/cracker/homebrew communities have their sites on Sony for suing/cracking down on modding and homebrew hobbyists. Then they blamed Anon for the data theft (which it wasnt). Too bad they didn't just hire Hotz and other modders/hackers when they had the chance, that might have prevented some of this backlash. Unfortunately, Sony is mostly a hardware company, and doesn't usually hire hackers. Unlike MS, who regularly recruits hackers/modders/crackers from the white hat conferences, and those who come forward with exploits. MS pays them, and Sony sues them. Sony better get on board! Kiss and make up with these people somehow or this will get worse before it gets better.
    Animus et Illuminat
    • RE: Sony hacked twice in one day, this time $1225 was stolen from accounts in Japan

      @Animus et Illuminat

      Sony has a right to sue,pay or whatever to protect there property,patents. When and yes if theses hackers get caught it will be a bright day on the internet. Because they are nothing more then criminals,crybaby's spoiled punks that will spend years in prison when and if they get caught.
      Stan57
      • RE: Sony hacked twice in one day, this time $1225 was stolen from accounts in Japan

        @Stan57

        Let's draw a distinction between ethical hackers who may be handing out retribution, and thieves/criminals who are breaking into companies digitally to accomplish their heist, shall we?
        josh92
      • RE: Sony hacked twice in one day, this time $1225 was stolen from accounts in Japan

        @josh92

        Is there really a difference? And the motives just might be a little muddied here.
        Lerianis10
  • RE: Sony hacked twice in one day, this time $1225 was stolen from accounts in Japan

    Talk about Cyber-tage!
    d_tisdal
  • RE: Sony hacked twice in one day, this time $1225 was stolen from accounts

    June 6 is coming.<br>Nintendo will be talking about their new console.<br>Microsoft will be talking about new games, new XBL services, and how they'll counter Nintendo.<br><br>And Sony? Explaining the never-ending intrusions?<br>Not good.<br>The clock is ticking.
    fjtorres
    • RE: Sony hacked twice in one day, this time $1225 was stolen from accounts in Japan

      @fjtorres

      Well put.
      josh92
  • Devistation leaked

    I work with sony, and from a meeting last night, Playstation is coming to an end Jun. 2 <br>All Playstation games will be discontinued.<br>All systems will be deactivated.<br>And no further Consoles will be released.<br>I apologize for this matter, but Sony has lost to much money to proceed. <br>Thankyou for your understandment.<br>Sony
    SonyEntertainment
    • RE: Sony hacked twice in one day, this time $1225 was stolen from accounts in Japan

      @SonyEntertainment .....Are you referring to the $1225 or simply TOO much money in general..?
      I'm not sure that I'm UNDERSTANDMENTING your statement...LOL..!!
      surfer8210@...
      • RE: Sony hacked twice in one day, this time $1225 was stolen from accounts in Japan

        @surfer8210@... <br><br>*laughs* They really should check their spelling before they try to pull off a prank like that, shouldn't they? <img border="0" src="http://www.cnet.com/i/mb/emoticons/happy.gif" alt="happy">
        josh92
  • RE: Sony hacked twice in one day, this time $1225 was stolen from accounts in Japan

    I think Sony has to take a step back, and really think about their security strategy and have a good roadmap to address the issues instead of claiming as if nothing has happened. No two free games wouldn't solve this ongoing issue.
    Ram U
  • now the Sony software problem that causes consoles to shutdown...

    First their network got hacked, then this problem about another hack, and now it seems their latest software update has caused hardware failure in some of their Playstation consoles?

    As with their other users who wanted to get back onto the recently re-opened network, I was obliged to download the latest software update from Sony.

    As soon as I turned my console back on, the cooling fans went up to maximum, even though the console was not warm, and today the console shut itself down without any warning. I?ve tried to power it on again several times but all that happens is that the hard disk light flashes once, then it shuts down again?

    After checking the Sony support web site, I noticed a lot of similar comments about the software download causing the same problem. Also on the Rockstar web site they say they have noticed the problem as well, so it seems like a widespread issue.

    It doesn?t appear that Sony have any fix available for this, and if the affected consoles cannot be re-booted then they may need a hardware replacement, and how many users will be prepared to pay for that, since Sony caused the problem in the first place?

    Following on from the three week network outage, this will be the last straw for many Playstation users. I expect Microsoft?s XBOX sales director must be booking a nice vacation on the extra bonus he will get from Sony?s multiple mistakes!

    http://grahamsblog4444.blogspot.com/
    grahamc2
  • RE: Sony hacked twice in one day, this time $1225 was stolen from accounts in Japan

    The sad thing is the customer gets screwed in the end as always. Sony knew about the holes in their security but did nothing. Now they are being reactive instead of proactive, which they should've done years ago. But all they cared about was making a dollar instead of protecting the their own product, content and customers.
    svtboy1999