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Sony shares hit 32-year low as it is hit by new cyberattack

AFP, TOKYO

Sony Corp said yesterday that hackers stole details belonging to hundreds of its mobile unit clients, the latest in a string of cyberattacks to hit the embattled Japanese electronics giant.

A group calling itself “NullCrew” said it had attacked a mobile communications server, with a Sony spokesman confirming the cyberthieves had grabbed information belonging to 400 customers in China and Taiwan.

NullCrew, which reportedly has links to international hacking group Anonymous, posted online usernames, e-mails and some passwords along with a statement critical of the Japanese firm.

“Sony, we are dearly disappointed in your security,” it said, adding that it had gained control of eight Sony servers, which could not be immediately confirmed. “Not even your customers can trust you.”

The company spokesman said the incident was being investigated and that the server with client details belonged to an unnamed “third party,” and not Sony.

Shares in Sony hit a fresh 32-year low of ¥849 earlier yesterday before closing at ¥860, down 0.34 percent, in Tokyo.

In April last year, Sony suffered a massive data breach that compromised more than 100 million accounts and forced it to temporarily halt its PlayStation Network and Qriocity services.

In another incident, a group of hackers known as Lulz Security in June said they had compromised more than 1 million passwords, e-mail addresses and other information from SonyPictures.com.

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