Sony Admits That The Sony Ericsson Canada Site Has Been Hacked
And the hits just keep on coming for Sony. In the last two months the company has suffered from an unprecedented series of serious and, at this point, completely preventable humiliations that have us wondering how they can continue to tolerate whomever is in charge of managing their security. There is of course the month+ long PSN outage. Total losses incurred thanks to that hack are pushing $200 million, and that doesn’t factor in the affects of the recent Japanese quake. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the news this week is confirmation that whatever went wrong internally, it hasn’t been addressed. First, Sony/BMG Greece was hacked.
And now? The AP reports that Sony has just admitted that Sony Ericsson Canada’s website has been breached as well:
Sony has suffered another online security breach, this time for 2,000 customers of its Sony Ericsson joint venture in Canada…
Sony Corp. spokesman Atsuo Omagari said Wednesday that names, e-mail and encrypted passwords may have been stolen from the Sony Ericsson Canada website, but no credit card information was taken.
Well that’s a relief, I mean HEYWAITAMINNIT where have I heard this before? Oh, right. News also broke yesterday that Sony Indonesia was hit soon after the Greek hack. Throw in last week’s report that that So-net was breached and it really is beginning to look like Sony has no idea what it is doing. Seriously, how is it even possible after the severely embarrassing and potentially implicating PSN outage that Sony continues to be this vulnerable?
We hesitate to pretend we actually know what’s going on in the dark recesses of Sony’s corporate culture but it looks from here like there simply has been no accountability or correction of any kind. At this point, the smart move might simply be to advise consumers worried about their personal data to simply stop registering with any Sony service until each and every single site has been hacked. At the very least, that seems to be the method Sony is using to root out their network vulnerabilities. No sense in doing their work for them.
In the meantime, this does confirm that there is a Sony Ericsson Canada. I won’t be surprised if we find out tomorrow that Sony/McDonald’s exists, probably at the same time we find out it was breached.