Sony ISP Hacked, Customer Points Stolen


Sony has been hacked yet again – this time its Japanese subsidiary ISP So-net has been robbed by hackers, with attackers successfully stealing loyalty points from customers.

So-net reported that their points system was hacked by an unknown third party who had made thousands of unauthorised accesses prior to the incident coming to light.

Absolute damages where relatively limited – 128 customers had loyalty points (redeemable for the usual junk) stolen, with total equivalent losses amounting to approximately ¥100,000.

In addition to the points theft, hackers also gained access to the email of a further 90 customers.

The incident only came to light after Sony received numerous complaints from customers discovering that their points were mysteriously lowering of their own accord.

So-net issued the usual grovelling apology and promises of enhanced security measures in future.

Sony claims the attack is unrelated to the PSN hacks, but does not deny the possibility that the leaked account data could have been used in the So-net hack.

The scope of the attack is of course fairly minor (though since So-net is a small domestic Japanese ISP, the numbers may not be quite as insignificant as they at first appear), although this is by now hardly the point.

The ISP also came under criticism for the way it made the announcement – alone amongst its press releases, the apology for the breach was not published as normal text, but instead as a gif image of the text nestled in the page, an exceptionally slimy PR/SEO tactic designed to stop the document showing up in search engines or being easily quotable.

After this was widely reported, the page mysteriously turned into normal text, but the incriminating gif still remains on their servers as of writing.

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    Avatar of MARl0
    Comment by MARl0
    23:36 21/05/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Is there a reason why the PSN logo is being used for this story? This has nothing to do with PSN. Typical Sankaku sensationalism.

    Comment by Anonymous

    haters gonna hate, amirite Artefact?

    Avatar of GTR
    Comment by GTR
    12:25 21/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.5)

    At this rate SONY should heed to Takafumi Horie's wisdom...


    Comment by Anonymous
    17:38 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No. No. No. I do not want all my games to be americanized. You've seen what Hollywood has done with anime? Just think about the games. I like diversity, not an oligarchy. Western market is racist for not having much jrpgs in their mainland.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:00 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    most of the people in the west want EA type games. they do not want to play jrpgs, just as they want to watch shitty tv and listen to shitty music. They are really just animals that line up at the trough of whatever is popular at the time.

    Comment by Anonymous

    EA makes some good games.

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    Comment by Jareth
    13:05 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Probably what the hackers really wanted to happen. This may be another company, trying to put down SONY for business matters.

    Comment by Anonymous, just no.

    Comment by Anonymous

    U are a dumb dumb person

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    Comment by Justp94
    12:41 21/05/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Fanboy? Yeah. Microsoft's 360 is a fail...

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:13 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just like how Sony's PSN is a fail...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:05 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @Anon 14:54 You mean it had 70 million.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:54 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If PSN fails why does it have over 70 million users when xbox live has only about 50 million?

    Comment by Anonymous

    man, look at all those oddly positive ratings on retarded comments

    guess we can't stop here, this is 360 fanboy country

    Avatar of RopeXPantsu
    Comment by RopeXPantsu
    19:41 21/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    > with attackers successfully stealing loyalty points from customers
    Oh the irony...

    Comment by Anonymous

    More like - this sentence has really deep meaning besides the literal one^^

    Avatar of Demi-Rebel 72
    Comment by Demi-Rebel 72
    13:09 21/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.3)

    It's not surprising since Sony fails at security and their programs can easily get hacked like crazy. Best thing to do is NOT go on PSN and just use the PS3 to either play games, browse the internet, watch a movies, or anything else that is not associated with PSN. I prefer playing my games offline anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:52 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oh yeah because everything is hacker proof right?

    Comment by Anonymous

    grabbing a spread sheet file off of a server that was OPEN TO THE PUBLIC does not a hacker take

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:40 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    But then I wouldn't be able to buy games like Wipeout HD and Super Stardust HD, which are two of the best titles the PS3 has to offer.

    Avatar of Demi-Rebel 72
    Comment by Demi-Rebel 72
    12:25 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    So? Who cares about those games.

    Avatar of Kitsunemimi6
    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    15:51 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Yep, & this is when I lose all hope for Sony & more importantly PSN cause this shit is ridiculous, RIDICULOUS!...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:52 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    you get what you pay for....oh wait, they don't pay for PSN do they?

    Maybe they should, then sony could afford some decent security software for its' servers.

    Comment by Anonymous

    yea we all know the 360 with its live is doing so well as a payment plan o wait the 360 was a failed broken system where all the xbox live money go?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:08 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    >where all the xbox live money go?

    Not to hackers, thats for sure :}

    Comment by Anonymous

    Ignorance is bliss all right,they pretty much RROD thing years ago. Yet every PS3 fanboy keeps going right back to that anytime PS3 is threatened/failing,lol

    Not to mention the PS3 has it's own version of RROD that no one seems to mention/know about
    (YLOD = yellow light of death)

    so really all you ps3/360 fanboys are equally stupid/ignorant/pointless

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:55 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    they should just dump consoles and focus making games on PC.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:08 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    PS3 people about 360 are like chevy fans w/ ford, they repeat the same crap over and over no mater how old/overused it is cause they can't think of anything new/better than RROD/Found on road dead,lol

    and honestly seeing as how Sony must have zero in terms of firewalls or something to get completely cleaned out like this, 360 fans aren't exactly wrong right now

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:46 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    wasnt the only reason why their are less RRoD was because they replaced the lights?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yup repeat arguments are what the wars are about.The YLoD the PS3 has doesn't happen as often as the RRoD and unlike the RRoD,RRoD is bound to happen eventually(unless you don't touch the damn thing)on the older models.360 Elite has about the same chances of RRoD'ing as the PS3 getting YLoD(about).Sony getting hacked repeatedly clearly isn't some sort of master plan to get rid of Sony,but it's just fun to mess with people(especially since they don't stop you).Also PSN is free as a marketing ploy to get more subscribers and Microsoft charges for the money,both are legitimate business practices.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Ignorance is bliss.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:00 21/05/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Yay more 360 fanboys.

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    Comment by rs
    13:16 21/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.3)

    Ever since they sued Geohot, things like this happened. Is this Divine Punishment?

    Avatar of SaltyPenguin
    Comment by SaltyPenguin
    13:48 21/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    If you asked Ishihara that I bet he would say yes...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:00 21/05/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    If only all those cracker/hackers grew some balls and hacked eatSHITbara accounts and funneled all his ill gotten gains into loli purchases and and "good will" accounts in Zimbabwe boy toy rentals in africa!

    Avatar of Yourtime
    Comment by Yourtime
    22:02 21/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    my answer:

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:51 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    But the users are being punished as well.

    Avatar of HouseLife
    Comment by HouseLife
    16:49 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well the sad part is, Sony doesn't deserve this for stopping their console from being cracked. I mean seriously... are they that idiotic to assume that they have a right to crack everything so that you can "home brew" it like.... 1% of anyone who actually does crack stuff really does?

    Wanting the linux aspect back is one thing, but it was just another means for hacking it anyway.

    If the article wording is to be understood, it's not that it was hacked again, it's that now that they're overhauling their security they're recognizing how bad it actually was. It's kind of like cleaning your room every year for spring cleaning. Once you get started, you just start finding stuff that was completely out of your consciousness but right in front of your face.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:10 21/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    No, you are right, the reason Sony deserve this is for being one of the most evil electronics corps out there.

    Comment by nope
    05:12 22/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Click darkchaplain ; observe activity; observe a sad fanboy who can't handle his precious corporation getting crap over their sloppy protection of users data causing the second biggest data breach ever.
    I guess I just feel bad for dogs running to defend a uncaring master...

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    Comment by DarkChaplain
    01:01 22/05/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Evil measured using which chart?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:01 22/05/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    lol "evil electronics corps"... i believe sony isnt a charity, and they are here to make money... why else would they launch the PS3, or psp. so that you can have fun while they gain nothing? u mad bro?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:19 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If divine punishment is $100 million users losing their personal info and they lose access to PSN for a month, then I guess it is.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:49 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Engrish is not engrish enough to be gooder engrish. Please fix your engrish.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:11 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    lolwut, gamma nazi noob. lrn2 read.

    Comment by Anonymous


    You are just another newb/geek/neet/otaku/etc trying to prove other 'anonymous' people how to write? what can I say about this kind of people... get a life you idiots!

    Comment by Anonymous

    It's not divine punishment, this is human punishment. What needs divine, human, alien and any other sort of punishment is iSHIThara, all of his supporters, and his family for good measure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:04 21/05/2011 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    The idea that they're being punished for suing geohot is what bugs me. They HAD to sue geohot after he put his name and face all over the PS3 hack. Look at the PSP for evidence. Piracy runs rampant on that system, and so publishers are wary of putting out games for it. It never reached its full potential because of piracy, and so when somebody comes out and hacks the PS3 and puts his name all over it, of course Sony is going to respond with legal action against that person if not just to prove to the publishers that they are serious about fighting piracy on their consoles. You could even look at is as a symbolic gesture, if you wanted to. The point is that if this whole thing is all about geohot, then there's no question that the people behind these attacks are 100% in the wrong.

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    Comment by Damian
    04:12 22/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    "It never reached its full potential"

    lol, what?, did we play different psp? mine had a lot of awesome games.

    also: xbox 360: 53.6 million
    ps3: 50 millions
    psp: 58 millions

    so yeah piracy killed the xbox and the psp, look how many less units they have sold compared to the uncrackeable ps3, wait...., no they didnt they sold MORE.

    and to complete demolish your point:

    ps2: 150 millions

    you know the MOST EASY TO CRACK SISTEM, so yeah piracy killed the consoles.

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    Comment by DarkChaplain

    Amen to that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:44 21/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's Lik-Sang's ghost, coming back to haunt Sony after 5 years.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Haha good one.

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