Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Two new Sony intrusions suspected


WATCHFUL: Cybercrime is increasing swiftly. Picture: REUTERS


Sony suspends Brazil website while it looks into another possible breach and the share falls in Tokyo trading
Published: 2011/06/08 07:42:51 AM
TOKYO — Sony, targeted since April by hacker attacks that have compromised about 100-million customer accounts, is investigating two new possible intrusions.
Sony suspended its Brazilian music entertainment website while it looks into a possible breach, it said yesterday. It is also investigating a claim by LulzSec, a hacker group, that LulzSec stole data on game operations.
Sony fell in Tokyo trading yesterday, extending declines amid attacks that the company has said may cost ¥14bn ($174m) this year. Japan’s largest exporter of consumer electronics reported the new attacks two days after saying hackers had broken into its European unit’s website. No customer information was accessed in that intrusion, it said.
"Sony may face a bigger expense to strengthen its security system if these hacking issues are prolonged," said Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Ace Securities. "The company’s brand image may suffer, pressuring sales."
Sony dropped 1,5% to ¥2031 at the close of Tokyo trade yesterday, reaching the lowest since March 2009 and extending this year’s loss to 31% . Bloomberg

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