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Sony websites attacked in Canada, Thailand, and Indonesia

Consumer Reports News: May 25, 2011 12:33 PM

Sony's been hacked. Again. In three more countries. The music giant confirmed that it had to shut down the Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications shopping website in Canada after thieves stole personal information for about 2,000 customers. Time's TechLand blog reports that half of that customer data has already been posted online.

A Lebanese hacking group is reportedly taking credit for the break-in and claims it had access to—but chose not to steal—customer credit card data as well, reports the Daily Tech.

Two other Sony sites were also shuttered: Sony said it discovered its site in Thailand may have been compromised with malicious code that sends out fake e-mails. And the company is investigating whether similar tampering by hackers might have occurred with Sony's website in Indonesia.

The attacks, including the recent hack of Sony's BMG music site in Greece, come on the heels of Sony's PlayStation Network meltdown—a fiasco that is expected to cost the company $171 million this quarter. A Japanese financial analyst told Bloomberg:

What looked like a game-related attack in the U.S. is spreading to other businesses such as music and to all over the world. It may take significantly longer than expected for Sony to get over this.

If you think your personal information has been compromised online, see our story, "Five things to do when a company leaks your personal info" for help.

Sony Admits Canadian Site Hacked, Thousands of Records Stolen [Time]
Sony Loses Yet More Customer Records, 3 More Sites Hacked [Daily Tech]
Sony Shuts Canada, Thai Web Pages Amid Cyber Attacks [Bloomberg]

Paul Eng

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