Sony is facing substantial security problems. The company, which had to apologize for an April security breach of millions of its Playstation customers’ data and then a later security breach at its Sony Online Entertainment division, recently began to restore some of the services affected by the security attack. But this week, there were reports that there were yet more data security breaches in Sony’s systems in Greece, Thailand and Indonesia.
Now, Bloomberg reports that Sony has to shut down Web sites in Canada, as well, because of data security problems:
Intruders stole the names and e-mail addresses of about 2,000 customers at Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB’s Canadian website, while a site in Thailand may have been modified to help send fraudulent e-mails, spokesman Atsuo Omagari said. […]
The incidents fuel investor concerns over Sony’s online security after hackers stole data from possibly more than 100 million user accounts last month, crippling its PlayStation Network and costing the company an estimated 14 billion yen ($171 million). The new intrusions indicate Sony is failing to contain the situation, analysts including Nobuo Kurahashi said. […]
Malicious attacks in the U.S. are on the rise. They made up 31 percent of data breaches in 2010, up from 24 percent a year earlier, with each event costing U.S. businesses an average of $7.2 million, according to a March report by the Ponemon Institute. The study found that about 85 percent of all U.S. companies have experienced one or more attacks.