Hackers are planning a fresh round of attacks against Sony’s online infrastucture, according to reports.
CNET claims the motivation this time is Sony’s handling of the PSN data breach, with hackers discussing on IRC channels their intent not only to attack Sony’s website but publicise some, or all, of the personal information that they obtain.
The hackers apparently claim to currently have access to Sony’s servers. With PSN now in its third week of downtime it seems the target this time is Sony’s main website. This would be the third such attack on Sony’s infrastructure, following a brief outage early last month caused by the hacking collective Anonymous, and the ongoing PSN downtime.
Meanwhile, the LA Times reports that the sudden availability of swathes of stolen credit card details would negatively impact those who seek to sell them on, with basic economic principles dictating that, as supply rises, demand – and therefore price – falls.
Kevin Stevens, a threat researcher at computer security firm Trend Micro, told the paper that the standard asking price for a stolen credit card is between $5 and $10. Earlier this week reports claimed that an underground hacking group was hawking 2.2 million PSN user credit card records around the darker corners of the internet: were all of them to be put up for sale at once, Stevens claims the price would fall to between $1 and $2.
One experienced European hacker, speaking to CNET on condition of anonymity, said: "We’re keeping a close eye on the Sony story as it would drastically affect the resale of other cards."
Sony has maintained throughout that it has found no evidence of credit card records being stolen during the attack, but admits it cannot rule out the possibility. Yesterday the firm revealed the first details of an identity theft protection programme that it is to roll out worldwide, with US PSN users offered 12 months of protection including a $1 million insurance policy.