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Hackers Compromise Another Sony Company

by Jeff Marchiafava on May 21, 2011 at 08:35 AM

You know the drill by now: Hackers have once again compromised the security of a Sony-owned company, this time the Japanese internet provider, So-net.

If there's a silver lining to this newest hack it's that the damage seems to be minor. The perpetrator(s) breached So-net's customer rewards website, making off with $1,225 worth of gift points from 128 of the internet provider's users. 90 So-net email accounts were also compromised, though the company says that no personal information was viewed by those responsible. The accounts were reportedly compromised by a brute force attempt to guess login information; So-net stated it was tipped off when a single IP address tried to log on to the site 10,000 times.

A spokesman for So-net says that the company believes the attack is probably not related to its parent company's recent PSN woes, but even if this wasn't the work of irate hackers, it's another security flaw that Sony will need to put under the microscope.

[source: Wall Street Journal, via: Techland]

Thanks to Asheza for the news tip!