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Sony services attacked: personal information and encrypted passwords stolen

The PlayStation Network may be on its way to recovery, but it seems online criminals are continuing to wage war with Sony and its properties. Late last week, we reported on an attack on So-net, a Japanese Internet Service Provider that is majority-owned by the Sony Corporation. A thief made off with $1225 of gift points from unsuspecting customers. This time around, the attack is on a well-known brand: Sony Ericsson, the 50-50 joint venture between Sony and the Swedish firm Ericsson. This attack followed two additional attacks on regional Sony Music services.

According to the Toronto Star, Sony Ericsson Canada's database for its Eshop store was breached. In a move that seems all too familiar with the PlayStation Network attacks, names, email addresses, and encrypted passwords were stolen from 2000 customers. The platform used to host Sony Ericsson Canada's e-commerce services has been disabled for the time being. A Lebanese group named "Idahca" claimed responsibility for this attack.

The Star also reported on two attacks on Sony Music for Greece and Japan. The attack on the Greek music service had personal, but non-confidental, information of 8500 users leaked to a public website. A similar attack was launched on Sony Music Japan, with the text "stupid Sony, so very stupid" inserted into the leaked data they posted online. The party responsible for this was "Lulz Security," a group that attacks sites for political reasons. Anonymous offshoot, anyone?

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