New Sony Hack Attack As Government Take Sony To Task

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Sony Australia is not saying whether there has been an attack on a Singapore based server that is used to serve up Sony content in Australia. SmartHouse was told yesterday that an attack had been detected and that the Company was addressing the issue.

In Canada, yesterday Sony Ericsson admitted that their online mobile phone store was hacked.

Local media said that the personal information of more than 2,000 customers was exposed. This included names, e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords, all of which was taken by an outside party, the company said late yesterday. A Lebanese hacking group called Idahca took responsibility for the attack and shared its findings using Facebook and Twitter. It also said it could have exposed credit card details but chose not to.

Despite tens of thousands of Australians being affected by Sony’s mismanagement of their networks, Sony management in Australia have chosen to hide behind a PR wall of silence despite Sony Computer Entertainment VP Michael Ephraim resorting to berating SmartHouse when we accused Sony of price gouging.

Around the world several Governments have raised concerns about Sony’s handling of the recent three week shutdown of their network and the security that the Company has put in place to handle future attacks. In Japan the Government stopped Sony bring their network back because of security concerns.

Yesterday the city of Taipei in Taiwan said that they were not satisfied with Sony’s response to its request for information regarding the security leak after Sony’s PSN gaming network was hacked.

According to reports coming out of Taiwan the Government are not happy with Sony’s offer to extend PSN memberships as compensation for the breach, which left personal and credit card information of users exposed. If Sony didn’t answer Taipei’s letter within 10 days, it could face a fine between the equivalent of about $1,036 and $10,360.

“We hope they can give us a more complete answer and a better protection guarantee,” said Chen said Taipei’s commission chief consumer protection officer Chen Pi-chu. The commission isn’t sure how many of the city’s 2.6 million residents were affected by the outage.

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