We may not completely understand the motivations behind the hackers who broke into the PlayStation Network and stole customer information, especially since the company itself was the intended target. Now it seems that a few more websites bearing the Sony name have fallen prey to hacks, with the personal information of several thousand customers once again being exposed.
This news comes hot on the heels of Sony Thailand’s website playing host to a credit card phishing scam, making it abundantly clear that to the worldwide hacking community, all of the Japanese company’s various databases are now fair game.
Sony has now confirmed that the e-mail addresses, passwords and phone numbers of over 2,000 customers were obtained through an attack on the Canadian Sony Ericsson website, as well as those of over 8,500 users from Sony Music Entertainment’s site in Greece.
While Sony maintains that no credit card details were accessed through the intrusions, and that both websites were operated by third parties with no connections to the company’s larger network the pattern forming is clear. With another attack on Sony Music Entertainment’s Indonesian site that led to no data being exposed, it seems that hackers are now more interested in simply attacking any network tied to the company than actually gaining usable information.
The personal information of a few thousand customers is certainly nothing to scoff at, even if these latest attacks aren’t on the same scale as those fired against PSN and Sony Online Entertainment. The worst part of this recent slew of hacks is that overnight, any consumer who has entrusted information to any network with ‘Sony’ in the name is suddenly a target. And justified or not, they’ve been given reason to feel that they are now more likely to fall victim to identity theft in some way.
It’s impossible to know if these latest offenders were motivated by other hacks on Sony’s global community, or the crime was merely one of opportunity, but the company – and its shareholders – can’t be happy with the news. The PSN outage alone is expected to cost Sony billions in the long run, so who knows how much of an impact hackers may have on the company going forward.
We’re hoping that news like this becomes less and less available as time passes and that Sony escapes from hackers’ cross-hairs soon, but we’ll keep you up to date in the meantime.