Sony seems to have become the hackers' favorite target with reports flooding the Internet that Sony Ericsson website in Canada has been hacked and its websites in Thailand and Greece are under seize.
Sony suffered another attack from malicious hackers, who reportedly stole around 2,000 account information, and forced the Japanese company to shut down their online service in Canada, Thailand, Indonesia and Greece.
Sony Ericsson's Website in Canada, which advertises its products, has been hacked, affecting 2,000 people, a Sony spokesman told AFP.
A group of Lebanese hackers Idahca, who claimed responsibility for the hack attack in Canada, stole information such as names, e-mail addresses, and encrypted passwords. Idahca also claimed that they could have taken credit card information but chose not to do so.
The stolen information was posted online, Sony said.
Their personal information was posted on a Website called The Hacker News. The information includes registered names, email addresses and encrypted passwords. But it does not include credit card information, the Sony spokesman said.
Sony had already suffered a major hack attack in April, which turned out to be one of the biggest data breaches in the U.S. history. On April 20, Sony was forced to shut down its PlayStation Network (PSN) after it found that the account information of over 75 million, including credit card information, was stolen.
Soon thereafter, Sony Qriocity music service also went offline as the company discovered that personal information of over 25 million users were stolen.
The hack attacks caused 14 billion yen (about $171 million) loss to Sony, besides damaging its brand image.
Last week, Sony began restoring its PSN service, after nearly three weeks of delay, saying it wanted to boost its online security first.
However, only a few days after the network went back online, Sony had to take down the PSN password reset page because it left room for hackers to take advantage of their victims.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Sony Music Entertainment in Indonesia was hacked last weekend. The site is down, but apparently no information has been stolen.
Sony's Thailand site also warned of a phishing website that sends out scam e-mails.
Sony Greece also discovered intruders yesterday, who leaked information of 8,500 account holders.