Sorry Sony wonks, heave a collective sigh, shoulders slumped, heads down, and brace for more bad news: Sony's been hacked again.
Citing the Wall Street Journal, Reuters reports an intruder broke into So-Net, an Internet service provider subsidiary of Sony Japan, and made off with over $1,000 in virtual points from account holders.
Note, importantly, that this isn't PlayStation Network, Qriocity, or Sony Online Entertainment related. In fact I'd never heard of So-Net until now, though that doesn't make it any less dreadful as questions of corporate competence go.
A official statement on the site (in Japanese) explains So-Net has terminated exchanges of points, and asked customers to change their passwords. Reuters' translator says the total lost was "about 100,000 yen," or $1,224. Google's translation of the site reads it as "approximately 10 million yen," or $122,384, which is probably why we shouldn't trust Google Translate.
Here's the odd bit: So-Net admitted the site had been accessed thousands of times from the same IP address, which looks like a brute-force password attack. Why didn't So-Net throw up a block, you know, at 100? My web host kicked my IP address to the curb for screwing up twice. IP spoofing? Perhaps.
As info-leaks go, So-Net says it can't yet confirm any personal data was stolen. If it was, information obtained would be similar to that exposed in the mid-April PSN network hack, including names, addresses, birth dates, and phone numbers.
To recap, the good news: not the PSN or SOE. The bad news, still Sony corporate, and this time, they made off with actual cash.
This story, "Yep, looks like Sony's been hacked again" was originally published by PCWorld.