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Sony Networks Hit With New Attack

Relatively few affected by outage

(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,...

Sony: 90% of Subscribers Have Returned

CEO apologizes to shareholders over PlayStation cyberattack

(Newser) - Sony Chief Executive Howard Stringer credited "very loyal" PlayStation Network gamers for flocking back to the service in big numbers, as he sought today to reassure shareholders following a series of embarrassing hacker attacks. The CEO apologized for the data breach in April , which compromised personal data from more...

Hackers Grab Data of 1.3M Sega Players

Company bares breach to users ... in Japanese

(Newser) - Hackers have swiped personal data of nearly 1.3 million Sega video game players, the Japanese company has revealed. The information included names, birth dates, email addresses and encrypted passwords, reports AP . Service was "illegally accessed from outside and personal information of all" customers of the online Sega Pass,...

Suspects in PlayStation Attack Arrested in Spain

Alleged members of Anonymous accused of hitting Sony

(Newser) - It's game over for three alleged Spanish hackers. Police in Spain arrested three men suspected in the online attacks against Sony, including one that shut down the PlayStation Network for a month. The men—all in their early 30s—are alleged leaders of a local branch of the international...

Sony Unveils New 'Vita' Portable Gaming Device

It will be out for $249 later this year

(Newser) - Sony has unveiled its new portable gaming machine—the PlayStation Vita, a touch-interface and motion-sensitive handheld expected to outplay the enormously successful PlayStation Portable. The Vita will go on sale before the winter holidays, starting at $249. The device will allow gamers to be connected with one another over cellphone...

Hackers Lulz Security or LulzSec Hit Sony Again
 Hackers Hit Sony Again 

Hackers Hit Sony Again

LulzSec claims new cyberattack

(Newser) - According to hacker group Lulz Security or LulzSec, the current score is "hackers 16, Sony 0." That's what the group posted yesterday after claiming to have staged the 16th recent cyberattack on the electronics company. LulzSec posted a file containing Sony Computer Entertainment Developer Network source code,...

Hackers Attack Nintendo; Lulzsec Claims Responsibility
 Hackers Hit Nintendo 

Hackers Hit Nintendo

But no customer data breached, company says

(Newser) - First the hackers came for Sony’s PlayStation Network , and now they’ve breached Nintendo. The Japanese company announced today that one of its US website servers was hacked, but no company or customer information was compromised and nothing was damaged. Though the incident is minor compared to the PlayStation...

Hackers: We've Stolen 1M Sony Passwords

LulzSec claims to have raided Sony Pictures servers

(Newser) - Sony appears to have been hit by the second massive data breach in the space of a few months. A hacker group calling itself "Lulz Security" claims to have broken into servers that run and stolen the passwords, email addresses, and other personal data of a million...

Following Hacks, Sony Restarts PlayStation Network

But full service won't be restored until end of May

(Newser) - Sony started restoring limited service to its online networks yesterday after taking its popular gaming system offline nearly a month ago after a massive security breach that affected 100 million users, reports the Wall Street Journal . Internet gaming, movie rentals, music services, and online video streaming are the first operations...

Hackers Plan to Attack Sony This Weekend

Sony CEO apologizes; firm to offer free ID-theft monitoring

(Newser) - Sony’s CEO has finally broken his silence on the PlayStation network break-ins—but his comments come just as hackers, angry at Sony’s handling of the situation, announced plans to attack the company this weekend, in what would be the third such attack against Sony. These hackers say they...

Sony Blames Anonymous for Hack Attack

Group denies 'incompetent' company's allegations

(Newser) - The activist hacker organization Anonymous is at least partly to blame for the huge Playstation Network security breach that exposed the data of millions of customers, according to Sony. Company officials told US lawmakers that they discovered a file on one of its servers with the hacking collective's name...

Sony Online Entertainment Hacked
 Sony Gets Hacked Again 

Sony Gets Hacked Again

Breach of Sony Online Entertainment affects 24M users

(Newser) - Sony’s got another security breach on its hands. This time, hackers may have made off with the information of about 24 million users of Sony Online Entertainment products, which include games like Everquest and DC Universe Online. Sony doesn’t think credit card information was stolen, but hackers also...

Sony: Hackers Could Have 10M Credit Cards

But company says there is no evidence card data was compromised

(Newser) - Sony executives apologized today for the PlayStation Network security breach , and acknowledged the hackers could have credit card information from as many as 10 million customers. Today’s press conference was the first time Sony, whose executives bowed deeply to express regret, has said how many credit cards could be...

PlayStation Hackers: We’ve Got 2.2M Credit Cards

Users report fraud, but it may be coincidence

(Newser) - Chatting in online forums, hackers are citing a huge haul from the attack on Sony’s PlayStation Network : They claim they now have access to some 2.2 million credit cards. The assertion can’t be verified, say experts—but a number of users are reporting suspicious charges on their...

PlayStation Hacker May Have Users’ Credit Card Info

Sony's security breach just got a lot worse

(Newser) - A hacker who got into the PlayStation Network may have gotten players' credit card information—including expiration dates and security codes, reports USA Today . "We cannot rule out the possibility," says a Sony executive on a company blog . The hacker, or hackers, did get personal information such as...

Sony Tablet Computers Coming This Fall, Firm Says
 Sony Unveils 2 Tablets 

Sony Unveils 2 Tablets

S1, S2 computers coming later this year

(Newser) - Sony's engineers have come down from the mountain with not one, but two tablet computers. The company says the computers—code-named S1 and S2—will hit stores worldwide this fall, reports the Wall Street Journal . The S1 will be a slate-style tablet, and the S2 will be a shell-shaped...

Quake May Cause iPad Part Shortage

Toshiba shut down a flash memory facility

(Newser) - The earthquake that rocked Japan may also put a dent into Apple’s iPad supply, a financial analyst warned yesterday. Two key iPad 2 components—its super-thin battery and its flash memory—are manufactured in Japan, research firm HIS iSuppli noted. Toshiba, which makes the device’s flash memory, had...

On iPod's Birthday, Sony Stops Making Walkmans

OK, one day before iPod's birthday, but still...

(Newser) - Almost exactly nine years to the day after Apple started selling the iPod, Sony announced it will stop making and selling its classic Walkman. The portable cassette player wasn’t an overnight sensation when it was introduced in 1979, but gained must-have status by the 1980s and ultimately sold 200...

Nintendo Rolls Out 'Stunning' No-Glasses 3D Game System

Nintendo's 'stunning' 3DS can also take 3D pictures

(Newser) - Nintendo made a deep splash at E3 last night with the 3DS, a 3D version of its portable system. The device doesn’t require any glasses to produce the illusion of 3D, and can turn the effect off if your eyes ever get tired. It can also play 3D movies...

Google Unveils 'GoogleTV'
 Google Unveils 'GoogleTV' 

Google Unveils 'GoogleTV'

It partners with Sony, Intel

(Newser) - Google is hoping to succeed where Apple and so many others have failed with GoogleTV, its attempt to bring the Internet to your television set. Google unveiled the software today, at what the Wall Street Journal called a “glitch-plagued demonstration” in San Francisco. The software will allow you to...

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