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Hacker Attacks Against Sony Continue
Hacker Attacks Against Sony Continue
May 20, 2011 | By Frank Cifaldi

Following further PSN-related issues, Sony-operated internet service provider So-Net has been breached by a hacker, the company reports, resulting in virtual currency being stolen from some of its customers.

Around 100,000 yen (approximately $1,224) worth of "virtual points" were stolen from 128 So-Net customers in Japan, it was reported Friday, before the hack was discovered.

According to representatives, it does not appear that any other accounts were compromised in the attack, nor does any personal information appear to have been stolen.

"At this point in our investigations, we have not confirmed any data leakage," the company said in a statement to its customers. "We have not found any sign of a possibility that a third party has obtained members' names, address, birth dates and phone numbers."

So-Net operates out of Japan, and provides consumer internet connection services, as well as a portal website featuring news and entertainment.

Reports have also come in that a hacked page on a Sony-operated website in Thailand redirected users to a fake website posing as an Italian credit card company.

The phishing site, as discovered by Finnish internet security company F-Secure, does not appear to be related to the PSN attacks from last month.

"I think it's now 'I'm a hacker and I'm bored, let's go after Sony,'" security expert Josh Shaul told Reuters.

"Sony is going through a pretty rigorous process and finding the holes to fill."

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MTim Jones
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It's time for Sony to make an example of these "people."

David Fried
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More like these people made an example of Sony. They've long been the arrogant douchebags of the on-line gaming world, thinking they know better than others when their systems are full of holes and difficult to navigate (at best). The fact that a simple phishing "hack" worked so well is proof positive that they need to take a HARD damn look at their UI and security systems.

Aaron Truehitt
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So, why hasn't anyone done this before? I guess no body felt like hacking a popular company such as Sony?

Chris Skuller
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I can't wait until people start being hauled into court for these crimes. You can't stay anonymous forever on the internet. We've all seen it happen before.

DanielThomas MacInnes
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Maybe this is revenge for Sony getting rid of their awesome turntables. Bring back the Biotracer!

The problem with online hackers is that almost anyone with some skills could pull this off. And success will inspire more hackers to jump into the fray. Fortunately, only "virtual" money is being the moment. This is a good opportunity for everyone to closely examine their own security systems and online networks. I'm confident Sony will have a handle on this soon, and they'll be better for the experience.