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Sony’s So-Net in Japan finds evidence of intrusion, $1,225 points stolen

Saturday, 21st May 2011 14:49 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

So-Net, a service provider for Sony users in Japan, was broken into and someone stole $1,225 worth of total virtual points from 128 account holders.

Another 73 accounts were accessed without points being redeemed, and 90 email accounts on the So-Net network were compromised.

It said there is no evidence that any personal data such as names, addresses, birth dates or phone numbers were viewed.

Due to the virtual theft, So-Net alerted its customers and have stopped So-Net points exchanges and have asked customers to change their passwords. So-net said the hacker tried 10,000 times to access the firm’s point service, which doles out customer reward points that can be traded for Sony products and online currency.

“Although we can’t completely rule out the possibility that there is a connection with the PSN issue, the likelihood is low,” said Keisuke Watabe, a spokesman at So-net Entertainment, who feels it is unlikely because the intrusion used was much different than previous attacks on Sony.

“At this point in our investigations, we have not confirmed any data leakage,” said Watabe. “We have not found any sign of a possibility that a third party has obtained members’ names, address, birth dates and phone numbers.”

Around 100,000 yen ($1,225) was stolen from attacked accounts, and there was no evidence to support the possibility of other accounts in the online system being hacked.

“Sony is going through a pretty rigorous process and finding the holes to fill,” said Josh Shaul, chief technology officer for computer security firm Application Security. “The hackers are going through the same process and they’re putting their fingers in the holes faster than Sony can fill them.”

Shaul said all the attention Sony has been getting over its hacking troubles, have made the firm’s systems a beacon to hackers.

“I think it’s now, ‘I’m a hacker and I’m bored,’ let’s go after Sony,” he said.

So-Net discovered the breach on May 18 customers called in to complain about their missing points, with the firm finding that the intrusion took place on May 16 and 17.

Sony and Sony’s financial unit owns around 58 percent of So-Net.

Via: ABC News Reuters, WSJ.

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  1. rrw

    it is definitely bad.

    but it had nothing to do with game so i dont care.

    by the way just for you info: nearly very day the will be case like this

    #1 3 years ago
  2. minxamo

    Oh Sony…

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    They might as well just blow up their corporate office…

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Mike

    When will you get your shit together, Sony.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. hitnrun

    I nominate the Matrix thingy for all future Sony security posts.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. The_Deleted

    …it is unlikely because the intrusion used much different than previous attacks on Sony.
    Is not a sentence that fills me with confidence.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. TheWulf

    “I think it’s now, ‘I’m a hacker and I’m bored,’ let’s go after Sony,” he said.

    How desperate can you get? They’re really trying to deny the truth of this, aren’t they? At every possible turn.

    No, it’s more like fraudsters and black hats are hearing that Sony has piss poor security, and with a minimal amount of effort and knowledge they can make money off Sony’s gross incompetence (in regards to their own security). And you know? They’re right.

    What’s being proved here is that nothing Sony related has any degree of competence in regards to security at all. Sony’s painted a big target on themselves due to their poor security, and they’re going to keep being mined, every crevice will be poked, and if they’ve got an area with poor security then of course people will take advantage.

    At the core of things, humans are still predators, and the simple truth is that like any predator, we go for the weakest but juiciest kill of the herd, if a hunter can pull down a wounded adult, they’re not going to go after a child or an elder. Sony is a wounded zebra, shaking its arse at any big cat that happens to look its way.

    “Look at me! I’m wounded, that means I’m tasty! EAT ME!”

    There are areas where we aren’t that different from any animal and all this is is nature in play. It’s Sony’s fault, they made themselves out to be juicy, wounded prey and now they’re being hunted. What the hell did they expect?

    The only way they’re going to recover from this is to go over the security of all their networks with a fine tooth comb, preferably performed by a team of newly hired security experts who can actually do their job. Until that happens, we’re going to be seeing this happen time and again, and it has less to do with bored hackers, and more to do with Sony parading around their being a wounded zebra.

    Now before anyone jumps on me with a ‘buwha?’ response – no, I don’t condone the predation of Sony, but Sony have no one to blame but themselves for this, which has always been my point, from the very beginning.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Bluebird

    ““I think it’s now, ‘I’m a hacker and I’m bored,’ let’s go after Sony,” he said.

    How desperate can you get? They’re really trying to deny the truth of this, aren’t they? At every possible turn.”

    Wasn’t a man from Sony who said that. ;)

    #8 3 years ago