Hardware News

  Home arrow Hardware News arrow Sony PSN Hack Leads to Losses
Watch our Tech Videos 
Dev Hardware Forums 
Computer Cases  
Computer Processors  
Computer Systems  
Digital Cameras  
Flat Panels  
Hardware Guides  
Hardware News  
Input Devices  
Mobile Devices  
Networking Hardware  
PC Cooling  
PC Speakers  
Power Supply Units  
Sound Cards  
Storage Devices  
Tech Interviews  
User Experiences  
Video Cards  
Weekly Newsletter
Developer Updates  
Free Website Content 
 RSS  Articles
 RSS  Forums
 RSS  All Feeds
Write For Us 
Contact Us 
Site Map 
Privacy Policy 
  >>> SIGN UP!  
  Lost Password? 

Sony PSN Hack Leads to Losses
By: Terri Wells
  • Search For More Articles!
  • Disclaimer
  • Author Terms
  • Rating: 5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars5 stars / 3

    Table of Contents:

    Rate this Article: Poor Best 
      Del.ici.ous Digg
      Blink Simpy
      Google Spurl
      Y! MyWeb Furl
    Email Me Similar Content When Posted
    Add Developer Shed Article Feed To Your Site
    Email Article To Friend
    Print Version Of Article
    PDF Version Of Article


    Hackers targeted Sony's PlayStation Network again after the company took the network down late last month to recover from a previous attack. Though the attack caused minimal direct financial damage, one has to wonder if Sony's reputation – and its own bottom line – will recover.

    Consumer complaints tipped Sony off to the attack by May 18, but the actual attack may have taken place on May 16 and 17. The company announced the intrusion on Thursday. The hackers stole 100,000 yen (about US$1,225) from account holders. 

    So-net Entertainment spokesman Keisuke Watanabe thinks that this latest attack is unlikely to be connected with the earlier PSN issue, because of differences in the methods of the two attacks. So far, he notes, the company has seen no evidence that other accounts have been hacked. "At this point in our investigations, we have not confirmed any data leakage. We have not found any sign of a possibility that a third party has obtained members' names, address, birth dates and phone numbers," Watanabe elaborated.

    This hacker attack is just the latest in a string of woes that have so far added up to a bad year for Sony. Between the massive earthquake in Japan in March and the PSN outage that stretched from April into May, Sony has had to revise the estimates for its full financial report the fiscal year steeply downward. How steeply? It's rather worse than simply wiping out the profit for the year – much worse, in fact.

    At one point, Sony had predicted a profit of 70 billion yen, which is about US$855 million. Now, however, the company expects to see a loss of 260 billion yen, which is equivalent to US$3.14 billion – yes, that's “billion,” with a “b.” At least 22 billion yen of that loss can be blamed directly on the earthquake; that number might increase, however, when Sony releases the actual report.

    Sony believes that the PSN breach and outage will account for 14 billion yen of the loss. That figure seems very low, however, when you consider that it equates to less than US$2.00 per exposed account. So expect to see that number revised upwards as well – especially if the network is still vulnerable to attack, as some observers have noted. It's a severe blow to PSN users, who may decide to take their business elsewhere. It may be an even worse blow to Sony's reputation, despite continuing attempts by the company to increase security on the network.

    For more on this topic, visit: http://sanfrancisco.ibtimes.com/articles/149504/20110520/sony-playstation-network-hack-100000-yen-stolen.htm and http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/23/sony-estimates-3-2b-loss-this-year-171-million-cost-for-psn-b/.

    DISCLAIMER: The content provided in this article is not warranted or guaranteed by Developer Shed, Inc. The content provided is intended for entertainment and/or educational purposes in order to introduce to the reader key ideas, concepts, and/or product reviews. As such it is incumbent upon the reader to employ real-world tactics for security and implementation of best practices. We are not liable for any negative consequences that may result from implementing any information covered in our articles or tutorials. If this is a hardware review, it is not recommended to open and/or modify your hardware.

    More Hardware News Articles
    More By Terri Wells

    blog comments powered by Disqus


    - IBM`s Watson to Help in Fight Against Cancer
    - IBM Predicts Computers With Five Senses
    - First Kinect, Now Digits: Microsoft Advances...
    - Meet Baxter, Your New Robot Co-Worker
    - LittleBits Wins Funding, Teaches Electronics
    - Microsoft Unveils Surface Tablet
    - Apple Refreshes Laptop Lines at WWDC
    - CES 2012 Preview
    - Black Friday and Cyber Monday Give Plenty of...
    - Apple Founder Steve Jobs Dies
    - HP TouchPad Sale Leaves Trail of Jilted Cust...
    - Best Tech Gifts for Father`s Day
    - Sony PSN Hack Leads to Losses
    - January A Slow Month for Games Sales
    - iPad and Android Hot Topics for Developers

    Developer Shed Affiliates


    © 2003-2019 by Developer Shed. All rights reserved. DS Cluster - Follow our Sitemap
    KEITHLEE2zdeconfigurator/configs/INFUSIONSOFT_OVERLAY.phpzdeconfigurator/configs/ OFFLOADING INFUSIONSOFTLOADING INFUSIONSOFT 1debug:overlay status: OFF
    overlay not displayed overlay cookie defined: TI_CAMPAIGN_1012_D OVERLAY COOKIE set:
    status off