Sony Networks Hit With New Attack

Relatively few affected by outage
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 12, 2011 8:12 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Sony’s recently beleaguered Playstation Network, Sony Entertainment Network, and Sony Online Entertainment services have been the target of another attack, the company announced on its Playstation Blog yesterday. This time, the ne’er do wells tested “a massive set of sign-in IDs and passwords against our network database,” Chief Security Officer Philip Reitinger writes. Roughly 93,000 accounts were breached, though the company was quick to note that that amounts to less than 0.1% of its users.

Reitinger also said that the “overwhelming majority” of the login attempts failed, leading Sony to conclude that the names and passwords came from outside source, rather than having been somehow stolen from the network. Still, it’s a bad day to be Sony—the company also today announced a recall on 1.6 million LCD televisions, the AP reports, because they contain a defective part that can cause them to overheat, smoke, and melt.

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