Sony cannot seem to catch a break. After suffering a highly publicized data breach to its PlayStation Network online gaming service, the company has reportedly been attacked again by an online cyber criminal.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, last week an "online intruder" breached the customer rewards site of Sony-owned Japanese Internet service provider So-net and stole nearly $1,225-worth of customer redeemable gift points.
Fortunately for Sony, the monetary damage of the breach was relatively minimal. However, the incident does not bode well for the company's reputation, which is still recovering from the attack that forced Sony to take down service to its PSN for several weeks.
According to the report, the hacker attempted to redeem points from more than 200 So-net customer accounts, but only successfully redeemed points from 128 accounts. Additionally, 90 email accounts were also compromised.
As of yet, investigations have not indicated that other sensitive information, such as names and phone numbers, were breached.
"Although we can't completely rule out the possibility that there is a connection with the PSN issue, the likelihood is low," said So-net spokesperson Keisuke Watabe.
Sony's data security woes are mounting to the point of becoming ridiculous. Within the last month, the electronics giant reported incidents affecting its Sony Online Entertainment, the PSN password reset page, a phishing scam on its Thailand server and a breach compromising the Sony SMB Greece website.
According to a recent TechNewsWorld report, the PSN breach will cost Sony an estimated $171 million, not including potential legal fees. Following the breach, the company announced it had taken several steps to prevent future attacks, such as relocating its data center to an undisclosed location and the appointment of a chief information security officer.
Overall, the company expects a $3.2 billion loss in the fiscal year ending March 2012.