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Report: Third hack of Sony sites planned

SAN DIEGO, May 6 (UPI) -- A third cyber-attack is planned for Japanese media giant Sony as a response to its handling of the PlayStation Network breach, Internet chatter indicates.

A monitor of the Internet Relay Chat channel, used by hackers, told CNET the attack was planned for this weekend against Sony's Web site.

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The observer said the hackers involved in the breach intend to publish some or all of the data they can copy from Sony's servers, which could include consumers' personal and financial information. The hackers claim to have access to some of Sony's servers, the source told CNET Thursday.

If successful, the breach would be the latest blow in a series of security hacks into Sony's servers during the past month. The failure of Sony's server security led to investigations by the FBI, the Justice Department, Congress, and the New York attorney general, as well as data security and privacy authorities in Britain, Canada and Taiwan.

Sony suffered two cyberattacks, one on several of its Web sites, including Sony.com and SonyStyle.com, and the second on its PlayStation Network, along with its Qriocity service and Sony Online. Sony was forced to suspend its PlayStation Network, Qriocity, and Sony Online, and is working to bring them back online after rebuilding the security of its servers.

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Personal data of 24.6 million Sony Online Entertainment, based in San Diego, accounts may have been stolen, company officials said.

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