Sony Targeted by More Online Hackers; 93,000 Accounts Suspended

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The company reported unauthorized sign-in attempts on its PlayStation Network and other online entertainment services just months after a big cyber attack that led to the second-largest online data breach in U.S. history.


NEW YORK - Sony Corp. has temporarily suspended about 93,000 user accounts of its online gaming and entertainment services after latest online hacking attempts, Bloomberg News reported.

Sony, the world’s second-largest maker of video game devices, said that “a massive number” of unauthorized sign-in attempts on its PlayStation Network and other online entertainment services were detected between Oct. 7 and Oct. 10, according to the report.

The efforts included usernames and passwords for 93,000 Sony user accounts, or less than 0.1 percent of the company's customers using Sony's online offers, a spokesman told Bloomberg. The accounts affected include at least 35,000 in the U.S. and 24,000 in Europe, the company said.

Personal information, such as home addresses, may have been compromised in some cases, Bloomberg said. However, credit card information has not been leaked, according to the report. Sony, led by chairman and CEO Sir Howard Stringer, plans to e-mail users of the suspended accounts to ask them to change their passwords.

Three months ago, Sony resumed its online services following hacker attacks in April that compromised more than 100 million customer accounts in what was the second-largest online data breach in U.S. history, according to Bloomberg.

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