Several news organizations reported that hackers attacked Sony Ericsson's Canadian eShop website. This latest Sony data breach affected only about 2,000 consumers. The Canadian eShop website provides accessories and support for phone customers. At press time, portions of the Canadian eShop website were unavailable.
The Canadian eShop breach is more bad news for Sony after massive data breaches at its Playstation Network and Online Entertainment units. Sony forecasts its breach-related costs in the United States at $171 million for the coming fiscal year ending March 2012, excluding any lawsuits.
On Tuesday last week, Sony disclosed a breach at its Sony Music Entertainment Greece website, which affected about 8,500 customers. Sony also disclosed that an unauthorized user had accessed and changed its Sony Music Indonesia website, and a hacker may have accessed its Thailand website to send e-mail spam.
On Friday May 27, Sony announced a phased restoration of service at its Playstation Network unit:
"... Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI, the company) will begin a phased restoration of PlayStation®Network and Qriocity Services in Japan and Asian countries and regions including Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand*1 on May 28. A new identity protection program will also be offered in conjunction with the phased restoration for PlayStation Network and Qriocity customers in Japan..."