Posts Tagged ‘password’

Sony Gets Hacked Again

June 1, 2011

In April of 2011, the Sony Online Entertainment network was hacked.  I was dismayed to hear that Sony was hacked again, putting even more users at risk.  Hackers may have stolen the personal information of 24.6 million Sony Online Entertainment users, the company said on Monday, May 2.  More than 20,000 credit card and bank account numbers were also put at risk.  This is in addition to the recent leak of over 70 million accounts from Sony’s PlayStation Network and Qriocity services.  On Monday May 2, 2011, Sony released this statement, “We are today advising you that the personal information you provided us in connection with your SOE account may have been stolen in a cyberattack”.

For the second time in as many months, Sony's network was hacked and the personal information of 25 million users has been stolen. What action is Sony taking against these attacks?Not only is this affecting users in the United States but it also affecting users worldwide.  12,700 non-U.S. customers, plus 10,700 direct debit customers in Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Spain are at risk of getting their bank-account numbers, names and addresses exposed.  The PlayStation Network is still down and will remain closed for a few more weeks.  In order to make it up to their customers, Sony is offering a selection of free downloadable content along with 30 days free for all premium services.  Sony has not decided when the Sony Online Entertainment services with officially be back online.

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Joie Montoya

Sony’s Network Security Breach: the Global Outage (and Outrage)

May 9, 2011

On April 17, 2011, hackers gained access to Sony’s PlayStation Network.  At first, the company thought they would be able to keep damage to a minimum but as it turned out, the hackers were able to access the account information of the network’s 77 million users.  As a result, many of Sony’s PlayStation customers were very upset that their information had been exposed.  The only way Sony was able to stop the hackers from accessing anymore information was to completely shut down the network.

Sony's PlayStation Network is the latest target for the company's most valuable asset: its customers' personal information. The security breach has affected users around the world.The Sony security breach has impacted PlayStation users on a global scale.  Not only are customers upset because access to the PlayStation Network was disrupted, but they are also upset because they are now at risk for identity theft.  Since PlayStation is a gateway to an Internet-connected network, it requires users to provide information such as birth dates, mother’s maiden names, and addresses, all of which could be used to access users’ bank accounts.  Tom Standage, a technology editor for The Economist, said, “So the danger is that if your passwords and personal questions — your mother’s maiden name — so forth, the answers to those questions have been made available, fallen into the hands of hackers, then they could potentially use that for identity theft, to get into things like your bank account, and other online systems where you might have provided your credit card details.”  Let’s hope Sony resolves its issues and looks into more effective ways to secure their network.

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