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Sony gets hacked in three more countries

Bad hair month for Japanese giant
Wed May 25 2011, 15:26

OCCASIONAL GAMING VENDOR Sony has shut down some operations after suffering yet more hack attacks.

Licking its wounds yesterday after estimating a bill of £106 million for its hacked Playstation Network (PSN), Sony has encountered further hacking exploits. It shuttered networks in Canada, Thailand and Indonesia after it detected intrusions that attacked its services.

According to Bloomberg, the hackers managed to pilfer the personal information of 2,000 Sony Ericsson mobile communications customers in Canada. The security of Sony's online Thai services was breached to make it send phishing spam emails. In Indonesia, Sony shut down its shop because of another undisclosed attack.

"Sony is investigating whether the attacks discovered in the past week are related to each other," Sony spokesman Atsuo Omagari said.

"Sony hasn't found evidence to link those attacks to last month's intrusion into the Playstation Network," he added.

The Japanese company can add Canada, Thailand and Indonesia to an increasingly long list of countries where it has been affected by hacking attacks. In addition to Sony's PSN going down globally, Sony's Greek BMG music site was hacked a couple of days ago and the perpetrators posted the personal information of registered Sony music users. The company also had its Japanese music web site hacked by an SQL injection attack and the hackers in that incident boasted that they could see other databases that were potentially vulnerable.

From suing hacker Geohot for modding its Playstation 3 console to losing at least £106 million to hack attacks that are continuing, Sony will want to get this over as soon as possible. µ


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