Sony hacked and humiliated once, twice more
Sony is like a bruised and bloody boxer who just can't fight his way out of a corner. Indeed, the Japanese-based corporation has apparently been hacked yet again - in two separate incidents.
The first security breach involves Tokyo-So-net Entertainment Corp, an Internet service provider subsidiary of Sony.
Cyber intruders managed to infiltrate the company's customer rewards site and steal redeemable gift points worth about $1,225.
Approximately 90 email accounts on the So-net network were compromised, while another 73 accounts were accessed.
Still, So-net insists there is no evidence that any personal data such as names, addresses, birth dates or phone numbers were snatched by the digital infiltrators.
"Although we can't completely rule out the possibility that there is a connection with the PSN issue, the likelihood is low," So-net spokesperson Keisuke Watabe claimed in an official statement obtained by the Wall Street Journal.
Meanwhile, F-Secure security analyst Mikko H. Hypponen identified a phishing site running on one of Sony's servers.
"We know you're not supposed to kick somebody when they're already down... but we just found a live phishing site running on one of Sony's servers," Watabe wrote in a blog post.
"However, this incident has nothing to do with the Sony PSN hack."
Watabe later tweeted that Sony had "cleaned its site" and removed the phishing hook from hdworld.sony co.th.