Virtual Cash Stolen From Sony Owned So-net Entertainment

A small Japanese unit belonging to Sony got its servers hacked, with the hacker stealing virtual points valued at $1,225.

So-net Entertainment, a Japan based internet service provider owned by Sony, informed that a hacker had broken into its rewards website and stole virtual gift points belonging to its customers, The Wall Street Journal reported.

The ISP, in which Sony has a 58 percent stake, revealed that the hacker had tried to hack into the systems 10,000 times before he got the access to it, from the same IP address.

The company said that the hacker is thought to be in possession of some usernames and used an automatic password cracking software to generate the passwords.

So-net added that the hacker stole points from 128 customer accounts. A further 73 accounts were accessed by the hacker but no points were stolen. The breach also compromised around 90 email addresses, the company said.

The company however, ruled out the possibility that the hack was related to the massive PSN breach, which caused the entire platform to remain closed for almost a month.

“Although we can't completely rule out the possibility that there is a connection with the PSN issue, the likelihood is low," said Keisuke Watabe, a spokesman at So-net Entertainment to the WSJ.