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Hackers target Sony

Some users out after latest data attack

Sony revealed Wednesday that it had detected a large number of unauthorized sign-in attempts on its PlayStation Network, Sony Entertainment Network and Sony Online Entertainment Services.

The Japanese tech giant said “less than one-tenth” of users were affected. But it was forced to lock 93,000 accounts after hackers managed to use valid IDs and passwords to sign in. Only a small fraction of those accounts showed additional activity prior to being locked.

The company said credit card numbers associated with the accounts are not at risk.The attempts, made between Oct. 7-10, appear to involve a large amount of data obtained from one or more compromised lists from other companies, sites or sources, Sony said.

In April, Sony experienced a massive cyber-attack on its PlayStation Network that forced it to shut the service down temporarily.

Sony also announced Wednesday a global recall of 1.6 million flatscreen Bravia TVs sold since 2007 because of defective parts that could cause them to overheat or catch fire. There have been 11 incidents reported with the TVs since 2008, all in Japan and none fatal.

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