Stolen Sony data starts appearing online

Another day, another piece of drama for poor Sony. The company has now confirmed that it has “removed from the internet” 2,500 names and partial addresses belonging to contestants who entered a 2001 product sweepstakes contest. As if that wasn’t bad enough, it’s also confessed that it “does not know” when the PlayStation Network might be restored.

PlayStation Network

Still in single-player only mode

The sweepstakes information did include names, but did not feature credit card details, social security numbers or account passwords, with Sony asserting that the information was old.

“The website was out of date and inactive when discovered as part of the continued attacks on Sony.”

While Sony had hoped to begin restoring services within the week, a weekend update revealed that was maybe a little over-eager. A spokeswoman announced that this schedule was not possible, replacing that nebulous date with nothing at all, the company seemingly with no idea when the services would resume.

All of this drama is taking its toll on Sony over at the stock market, too – shares have plunged approximately 6 percent since the breach was first revealed late last month.

Publicly, Sony are no closer to identifying the culprits behind the unauthorised intrusion that is responsible for closing down the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, first attacked on April 19th (with Sony Online Entertainment servers hit several days earlier). Hacktivist group Anonymous continues to deny it is behind the attacks.

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