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Taiwan grills Sony on PSN as Sony Ericsson site hacked

updated 03:10 pm EDT, Wed May 25, 2011

Sony Ericsson site in Canada hacked, info exposed

The city of Taipei in Taiwan is unsatisfied with Sony's response to its request for information regarding the security leak after Sony's PSN gaming network was hacked. According to ComputerWorld, government officials aren't happy with Sony's offer to extend PSN memberships as compensation for the breach, which left personal and credit card information of users exposed. If Sony didn't answer Taipei's letter within 10 days, it could face a fine between the equivalent of about $1,036 and $10,360.

"We hope they can give us a more complete answer and a better protection guarantee," said Chen said Taipei's commission chief consumer protection officer Chen Pi-chu. The commission isn't sure how many of the city's 2.6 million residents were affected by the outage.

At the same time but over in Canada, Sony Ericsson's Eshop online mobile phone store was hacked, The Toronto Star reported. As a result, the personal information of more than 2,000 customers made vulnerable. This included names, e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords, all of which was taken by an outside party, the company said late on Tuesday.

As soon as the intrusion was found, the e-commerce website was shut down to prevent further breaches. The site is not connected to Sony Ericsson servers, the company added.

A Lebanese hacking group called Idahca took responsibility for the attack and shared its findings using Facebook and Twitter. It also said it could have exposed credit card details but chose not to.

This is the latest in a string of hack against Sony, including Sony's Greek music site.

by MacNN Staff



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