Third attack against Sony planned

Sony has quite a bit of work on their hands trying to restore the PlayStation Network by the end of this week and dealing with a possible breach of customers' credit card details thanks to a string of attacks from an unknown group of hackers. While they're dealing with service restoration and a $1 billion lawsuit, they've got another problem on their hands - the same hackers that broke into the PlayStation Network and led to the two week-long shutdown of PSN, Qriocity, and Sony Online Entertainment servers are back for more attacks.

According to a CNET source, hackers in an IRC channel are planning this retaliation in what they see as Sony's poor response to patching up their servers. Their plans won't win them any support from affected customers, unfortunately - they're planning to make public any information they can copy from the servers. That includes names of customers, addresses, and even credit card numbers. The hackers claim they currently have access to a few of Sony's servers, despite Sony's work around the clock to plug up any security breaches.

It is not clear who is behind this most recent plan. Sony has pointed a finger at Anonymous earlier this week, although the decentralized group's "leadership" continues to maintain that they are not interested in engaging in credit card theft.

If the threats continue to hold water, the attacks may happen this weekend.

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