Sony hacked AGAIN after PSN reboot

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By Richi Jennings. May 23, 2011.

Sony (SNE) (6758) has been hacked again, by persons unknown. Or should that be "yet again"? Not content to allow Sony to lick its PlayStation Network (PSN)  wounds, this time, Sony subsidiaries in Greece, Thailand, and Japan fell victim to anonymous hackers (not to be confused with Anonymous hackers, of course ;-). In IT Blogwatch, bloggers can't believe how "unlucky" Sony has become.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention: Chess Boxing: "an actual thing done by humans, repeatedly"...

Chester Wisniewski gets all Greece-y:

An anonymous poster has uploaded a user database ... including the usernames, real names and email addresses of users registered on ... the website of Sony BMG in Greece. ... Someone used an automated SQL injection tool to find this flaw. ... [They had the] diligence to comb through Sony websites ... until a security flaw was found.


It would cost far less to perform thorough penetration tests than to suffer ... these incidents. ... [But] when this is over, Sony may end up being one of the most secure web assets on the net.  

  Joe Martin wears a Japanese Thai:

Sony websites in Thailand and Japan have suffered further attacks from hackers, just as the company works to restore PSN. ... The new attacks saw phishing scams added to a Sony website in Thailand, with links to a fake Italian credit card company.


Meanwhile, a separate attack ... saw Sony's Japanese ISP, So-Net Internet, admitting that hackers had ... stolen [$1,225] of 'virtual points' from account holders.  

And Parmy Olson adds 2+2:

Sony is also due to reveal its annual profits on Thursday [which] could prove disappointing. ... The company is preparing to give a press conference ... announcing a revision to its annual profits forecast. ... Companies listed [in] Tokyo ... are required to inform investors if they believe they will miss earnings targets by 30%.  

But Mariko Yasu reports Sony's claim that the profit warning is unconnected to hacking:

Sony Corp. ... unexpectedly reported a third straight annual loss ... $3.2 billion ... citing a charge for deferred tax assets.


The stock has dropped 24 percent this year, more than triple the 7.5 percent decline by Japan’s ... Nikkei 225 Stock Average.  

 Meanwhile, Steve Ragan offers this colorful metaphor:

Like piranha swarming someone injured in a river, it looks like everyone is testing Sony’s security defenses. ... can their reputation be salvaged?


Sony has hired more security staff and added additional layers of protection, [but] they haven’t had time to take hold. ... It does demonstrate that previous measures were spotty at best.


Sony's ... mounting security problems and spotty communication, have done little to increase the value of [its brand]. ... It’s not clear if Sony will have a long fight to regain consumer trust. ... What is clear, is that Sony will have a hard time securing every aspect of their networked properties, and [it] will take time. How they react and communicate with the public ... will make all the difference.  

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