Sony's hacking woes mount after PSN breach (roundup)

It started as a security breach on the Sony PlayStation network, exposing the personal info of 100 million users. From there, the troubles have mushroomed across the Sony empire and spilled out into the wider world.

CNET News staff
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It started as a security breach on the PlayStation network and other Sony services that exposed the personal information of 100 million users. From there, it has mushroomed into broader, ongoing security troubles across the Sony empire that have spilled out into the wider world.

Sony: PSN difficulties a 'bump in the road'

Sony Computer Entertainment America senior vice president Phil Rosenberg told IndustryGamers in an interview published yesterday that 90 percent of PlayStation Network users are back.
(Posted in The Digital Home by Don Reisinger)
June 23, 2011 7:34 AM PDT

Turkey arrests 32 after Anonymous' Web attacks

The government says those detained were connected with the hacktivist group's protest attack on Turkish Web sites last week.
• Anonymous takes down Turkish site to protest censorship
(Posted in Deep Tech by Stephen Shankland)
June 13, 2011 9:52 AM PDT

Anonymous takes down Spanish police site

According to El Mundo, the country's national police site was down for an hour on Saturday--a day after the announcement of the arrest of three alleged hackers in Spain.
• Spain says it has arrested Anonymous hackers
(Posted in Security by Eric Mack)
June 13, 2011 8:31 AM PDT

Arrests in Spain don't mean Sony's troubles are over

Spanish police arrest three people in connection with PlayStation Network breach. But given the nature of loosely organized hacking groups and the state of Sony's Web security, the company still has work to do.
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
June 10, 2011 1:32 PM PDT

LulzSec hackers--just having a laugh?

LulzSec hacker group's antics include fake news stories and thumbing its nose at big companies, government partners, and others.
(Posted in InSecurity Complex by Elinor Mills)
June 9, 2011 6:13 PM PDT

May 16 - June 8: Sony bounces back--and endures more attacks

Sony Pictures says 37,500 customer records exposed

Sony's film group provides a few more details on last week's hacking attack claimed by the group known as Lulzsec.
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
June 8, 2011 9:01 AM PDT

Hackers taunt Sony with more intrusions

The latest hacks bring the total against Sony to 16, the group LulzSec says as it exposes data from several internal Sony networks.
(Posted in InSecurity Complex by Elinor Mills)
June 6, 2011 2:09 PM PDT

Exclusive: CEO says hackers tried to extort data, money

Hacking victim describes the mysterious network attacks, conference call, and e-mail activities that led up to hackers threatening to go public with his information.
• Hackers target Sony, Nintendo and FBI partner Web sites
(Posted in InSecurity Complex by Elinor Mills)
June 4, 2011 7:30 AM PDT

Sony starts free games, movie rentals for PSN users

The long-awaited compensation package Sony is offering for users' whose personal information was compromised during the PlayStation Network security breach in April is finally live.
• PlayStation Store back online
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
June 3, 2011 10:20 AM PDT

Hackers steal more customer info from Sony servers

The same group that hacked PBS's Web site over the weekend says it has compromised the personal information and passwords of "over 1 million" Sony customers.
• Tupac hackers to Sony: 'Beginning of the end'
• Report: Sony Music Japan, Sony Ericsson hacked
• Sony confirms Lulzsec compromised server data
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
June 2, 2011 1:34 PM PDT

Six tips for surviving the Sony breach

If you've ever given up your personal information to any Sony or Sony-related brands, your personal data might be at risk. Here's what to do.
(Posted in Crave by Sharon Vaknin)
June 2, 2011 4:47 PM PDT

Sony set to revive PSN in Japan

The restoration in Japan and other Asian countries will begin tomorrow, allowing gamers to play titles from the PlayStation console. The Qriocity will also become available again.
• Sony offers sign-up page for identity-theft protection
(Posted in The Digital Home by Don Reisinger)
May 27, 2011 6:13 AM PDT

City of Taipei wants more info on PSN breach

The Law and Regulations Commission in Taipei, Taiwan, writes letter to Sony asking that PlayStation customers get a better guarantee that a similar breach won't happen again, according to IDG.
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
May 25, 2011 10:02 AM PDT

Sony takes sites down after log-in exploit found

An exploit that allows hackers to change PlayStation Network passwords was discovered this morning and posted on a blog. Sony has since taken some Web sites down to fix the problem.
• Report: PlayStation Store back online next week
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
May 18, 2011 9:41 AM PDT

Expert: Sony attack may have been multipronged

Researcher speculates that Sony's PlayStation Network was hit from several directions during the massive security breach.
(Posted in InSecurity Complex by Elinor Mills)
May 18, 2011 4:00 AM PDT

Sony: PSN back, but no system is 100 percent secure

Howard Stringer speaks to a handful of reporters today about the security breach that brought down the company's gaming network for more than three weeks.
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
May 17, 2011 4:35 PM PDT

Japan says no to PlayStation Network relaunch

An official in Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry says the government is waiting for Sony to deliver better security measures.
(Posted in The Digital Home by Don Reisinger)
May 16, 2011 6:40 AM PDT

May 4-14: Enter Anonymous; also, working toward a relaunch

Sony begins relaunching PlayStation Network

Sony says network will return in stages starting today, after a weeks-long outage that began when the company's computer servers suffered a devastating and illegal intrusion.
• Hiccups dog PlayStation Network restoration
(Posted in Media Maverick by Greg Sandoval)
May 14, 2011 5:03 PM PDT

"We know even the most loyal customers have been frustrated by this process.... We are taking aggressive action at all levels to address the concerns that were raised by this incident, and are making consumer data protection a full-time, companywide commitment."
--Kazuo Hirai, Sony, in a May 14 statement

Poll: Is Sony's compensation enough?

In latest measure, Sony is offering Sony Online customers a month of free service, plus ID theft monitoring and in-game perks to make up for the outage related to the security breach. Is that enough?
• With PSN still down, what else is there to do?
(Posted in Crave by Tim Hornyak)
May 13, 2011 2:28 PM PDT

Game makers get few new details about PSN outage

A letter from Sony to publishers is short on new info about when PSN will return, but reveals some facts about the cyberattack that downed the network for going on four weeks.
• Report: PlayStation 3 trade-ins on the rise
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
May 13, 2011 12:05 PM PDT

Sony Online announces perks post-breach

Sony's multiplayer gaming network says it will offer free ID theft monitoring and in-game bonuses to customers whose personal information was stolen.
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
May 12, 2011 4:54 PM PDT

Anonymous: Group didn't hack Sony, but members may have

The hacker group says it's possible individual participants in Anonymous may have been involved, but reiterates that the attack was not orchestrated or condoned by the larger group.
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
May 10, 2011 11:53 AM PDT

Sony may have headed off planned weekend attack

It appears the plan to hack into a Sony Web site and publish information from it online was thwarted when Sony found out about it ahead of time.
• Sony: More testing needed before PlayStation relaunch
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
May 9, 2011 8:33 AM PDT

Exclusive: Third attack against Sony planned

A source tells CNET a third major cyberattack is planned on Sony this weekend and could lead to the release of information copied from the company's servers.
• Sony considers offering reward to help catch hackers
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
May 5, 2011 4:36 PM PDT

Sony CEO Stringer apologizes for PlayStation breach

Stringer offers explanation for Sony's slow response, as meanwhile company offers year of free ID-theft monitoring to U.S. customers who were registered with PlayStation Network and Qriocity prior cyberattack.
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
May 5, 2011 5:29 PM PDT

N.Y. attorney general subpoenas Sony

Eric Schneiderman requests more details on Sony's security methods in the wake of the breach of 100 million of its customers' personal information.
• Did Sony know its security was outdated?
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
May 5, 2011 11:18 AM PDT

Anonymous: We didn't hack PlayStation Network

A letter purporting to come from the hacker group denies involvement in the PlayStation Network attack that forced Sony to take down its online service.
(Posted in The Digital Home by Don Reisinger)
May 5, 2011 8:08 AM PDT

Sony says planted file in attack was named 'Anonymous'

Sony Computer Entertainment America chairman tells U.S. Congress that attack came shortly after denial-of-service attacks launched by hacker group, but says individuals responsible haven't been identified.
• Senator slams Sony's response to security breach
(Posted in InSecurity Complex by Elinor Mills)
May 4, 2011 10:17 AM PDT

April 21 - May 4: Initial breaches, initial questions

Why has Sony's CEO remained silent on security breach?

Two weeks after Sony's PlayStation Network was hacked, Sony's leader hasn't publicly addressed it, even as the scandal over the company's customer data security grows.
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
May 4, 2011 4:00 AM PDT

PlayStation Network

The PlayStation Network breach

faq A rundown of what we know so far: how PSN got hacked, what Sony is doing about it, whether credit cards were stolen, and how the company is trying to regain the trust of its customers.
• EU official says Sony, Apple need to rebuild trust
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
May 3, 2011 4:00 AM PDT

Sony Online Entertainment data may have been stolen

Following PlayStation Network news, Sony takes down online entertainment service and warns even more customers that their data may have been exposed in the intrusion into their systems two weeks ago.
(Posted in InSecurity Complex by Elinor Mills)
May 2, 2011 2:37 PM PDT

Sony to restore PSN services, compensate customers

Head of PlayStation Kaz Hirai says most PlayStation Network services will be back on this week. Customers will get free 30-day service and theft protection monitoring service.
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
April 30, 2011 10:52 PM PDT

Governments press Sony on PlayStation breach

Officials in Taiwan, Canada, Britain, and the U.S. want to know how Sony will make things right for customers stung by the PlayStation Network security lapse.
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
April 29, 2011 11:15 AM PDT

Hackers claim to have stolen PSN credit card info

A purported database of 2.2 million Sony customer credit cards is offered for sale on an underground Internet forum following a security breach involving the company's PlayStation Network.
(Posted in Security by Steven Musil)
April 28, 2011 10:30 PM PDT

Five questions for Sony about PSN breach

The company finally came clean with customers yesterday about the personal information exposed in a PlayStation Network security breach. But there's still plenty more Sony needs to answer for.
• Sony's missteps through the years
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
April 27, 2011 12:21 PM PDT

Are fraud reports related to Sony breach?

Sony PlayStation Network customers report fraud, but it's unclear if cases are related to the Sony data breach.
(Posted in InSecurity Complex by Elinor Mills)
April 27, 2011 4:55 PM PDT

Sony sued for PlayStation Network data breach

A suit filed today accuses Sony of not ensuring the security of its customers' personal data after the network was accessed last week by an unauthorized person.
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
April 27, 2011 9:56 AM PDT

Sony PS3 data breach highlights what a loser I am

Forget credit card security concerns. CBSNews.com's David Hancock is pining to post his PixelJunk Monsters scores on the downed network.
(Posted in Crave by David Hancock)
April 27, 2011 2:54 PM PDT

Sony: Personal info compromised on PSN

Sony says billing addresses, user names, passwords, and possibly credit card information belonging to its PlayStation Network customers have been stolen.
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
April 26, 2011 1:07 PM PDT

PlayStation Network outage: 6 days and counting

Sony still has no answers for its customers who'd like to access its video and game downloading center. Cloud music subscription service Qriocity is also unavailable.
• PlayStation Network outage continues
• Friday Poll: Should Sony reimburse gamers for PSN outage?
(Posted in Circuit Breaker by Erica Ogg)
April 26, 2011 9:53 AM PDT