Hackers Compromise So-net Entertainment A Subsidiary Of Sony Corp
Just as Sony try and recover from the PlayStation Network breach which occurred last month, a report by the Wall Street Journal says that hackers have successfully compromised the company’s subsidiary ISP, So-net Entertainment Corp. and stolen circa $1,225 in redeemable gift points.
It was only last month that PlayStation Network servers were taken down due to an external intrusion, which resulted in personal user information being stolen.
So-net said that it discovered the breach following a number of customer complaints on May 18th. An investigation by So-net concluded that hackers managed to breach 128 different accounts on May 16th and 17th, stealing roughly 100,000 yen ($1,225) worth of points from the account holders. There were another 73 accounts that were unlawfully accessed although their points remained unredeemed and a further 90 So-net email accounts compromised in the cyber attack.
So-net Entertainment’s spokesman, Keisuke Watabe said “Although we can’t completely rule out the possibility that there is a connection with the PSN issue, the likelihood is low.At this point in our investigations, we have not confirmed any data leakage.We have not found any sign of a possibility that a third party has obtained members’ names, address, birth dates and phone numbers.”
Following the attack, So-net has contacted all of its customers and requested them to change the passwords on their accounts. Also the company has suspended any point exchanges across its network until further notice.