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Sony Suffers a Third Breach

Sony Hacked Again

File under insult to injury: Sony has suffered a third security breach, with the latest resulting in the names, partial addresses and email addresses belonging to over 2000 contestants of a sweepstake the company organised back in 2001.

The hackers posted the details back to the Sony website that was hacked, but Sony have now removed the website.

All this has come on top of the original and subsequent breaches that Sony have reported in recent weeks.

It is thought the the original breach of the PSN (PlayStation Network) was the result of unpatched / out-of-date server updates applied to Sony’s servers. Some rumours suggest that the final bill for that hack could run into the billions of Dollars. The PSN network remains down as of this writing.

From a user perspective, there is very little that a user can do except have a special card for internet transactions, with a reasonable credit limit, and, frankly, hoping to goodness Sony, amongst others, get their act together soon.

If you feel that you may have been affected by this, you should contact your bank and ask for new card(s) to be issued, and keep an eye out for suspicious activity on your credit card statements.

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About Justin Bellinger

Justin is an experienced software professional, having worked in software and software security for nearly 20 years. Justin is VP of Security Products at SPAMfighter.
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  1. Susie Rowley says:

    OMG I guess I am going to sell this worthless P.O.S (PS3)because Sony can not get their act together. Bought it to stream moves on and and play games with my friends but if they can not get it up and running by now I give up. Thanks for nothing Sony you guys suck!

  2. Nathan says:

    Susie, I agree that it is frustrating that Sony have taken so long to acknowledge and to rectify the problem however as a consumer of their products I would prefer they resolve the issue completely, rather than trying to rush the resolution and potentially expose my private details again in the near or forseeable future.

    On my blog I recently posted an article about the need for the government to step in and force businesses to report privacy breaches, such as this one, and forunately it would appear our Privacy Commissioner may be considering such mandatory actions after the Sony breach – fingers crossed.

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