Posts Tagged ‘Sony Online Entertainment’

Hackers’ Next Victim: Nintendo

June 8, 2011

On Sunday, June 5, 2011, it was reported that Nintendo Co. had been hacked.  The security breach on their network was not as severe as the one on Sony’s PlayStation Network.  Hackers were not able to obtain any sensitive information, nor have the attacks caused any damage to internal systems that would inconvenience their customers in any way.  The latest attack has raised questions over who exactly is responsible for hacking these online servers.

Nintendo is the latest victim in a string of high-profile attacks on its servers and network, which should serve as a wake-up call for other companies to bolster security defenses on their own computer network.Unlike many security breaches which are done anonymously at the hands of obscure hackers, the group who took public responsibility for hacking Nintendo is called LulzSec.  LulzSec has claimed responsibility for hacking other websites, as well, including some of the Sony websites.  LulzSec stated on Twitter: “We’re not targeting Nintendo…we sincerely hope Nintendo plugs the gap.”  The group also confirmed Nintendo’s claims that no important customer data was lost in the breach, stating, “we [sic] just got a config file and made it clear that we didn’t mean any harm.  Nintendo had [sic] already fixed it anyway.”  The recent string of security system breaches serves as a wake-up call for other companies to bolster security defenses on their own computer network.

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Joie Montoya

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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