Another Sony Website Hacked
It appears that Sony’s online security problems are not over yet as one of its subsidiaries, So-Net, has been hacked. The company which just recently reopened the PSN service said that hackers made off with $1,225 (100,000 Yen) in redeemable gift points.
So-Net which is 58% owned by Sony began noticing that something was wrong when customers began to complain starting last May 18. Investigation into the matter has revealed that a total of 128 accounts were accessed between May 16 to May 17 without the knowledge of their owners.
The technique used by the hackers was a brute force attack with the intruder trying to access the So-Net point service more than 10,000 times. Company representatives said that although there is a very small probability that the recent hacking is related to the PSN attack they are still not ruling out the possibility.
As a precautionary measure the company has already issued out notices to its subscribers to change the passwords on their accounts. An investigation done by the security team however reveals that no personal information such as names or email addresses was stolen.
The company has now stopped all redemption services for the time being as a full inquiry on the matter is still ongoing.