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Hackers Allegedly Associated with PlayStation Attack Arrested

PR NEWSWIRE(BARCELONA, Spain) -- Spanish authorities say they have arrested three members of the international group of computer hackers who call themselves Anonymous.

All three are Spanish, and between the ages of 30 and 32, said Manuel Vazquez, chief of the police department's high-tech crime unit. They were arrested in the coastal city of Barcelona, in the region of Valencia and in the southern city of Almeria. Their names were not immediately made public.

There are reports that the three were involved in April's crippling attack on Sony's PlayStation Network. Sony had no immediate comment.

Vazquez said a computer server in one of the suspects' homes was used to take part in cyberattacks on targets, including two major Spanish banks, the Italian energy company Enel, and the governments of Egypt, Algeria, Libya, Iran, Chile, Colombia, and New Zealand.

But the men arrested Friday are only a small part of a loosely organized network. Messages from Anonymous have claimed the group hacked Sony, PBS, banks, credit card databases, and government websites, including Egypt's and New Zealand's.

It's been a bad year for computer security. Citibank acknowledged this week that a data security breach in early May exposed information on about 210,000 of its bankcard customers. Lockheed Martin was also the target of an attack on its internal computer network. 

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Playstation Phone? Xperia PLAY 'Should Appeal to Serious Gamers'

Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- There are phones for music lovers. There will soon be phones for shoppers. There's now also one for serious gamers.

USA Today's Ed Baig says the Xperia PLAY combines a Sony Playstation with a cellphone.

"It's an Android phone, a little bit heavier and bigger than the typical Android phone because it's got those gamepad controls there," he said. "But it should appeal to serious gamers. For the rest of us, it's a decent device but there are a lot of other nice choices out there."

The Xperia costs $200 with a service plan and $450 without.

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Sony CEO: Can't Guarantee Security of PlayStation Network

Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures(TOKYO) -- The top executive at Sony says he can't guarantee the security of the company's video game network or any other web-based system.

Sony chief Howard Stringer says no network is 100 percent secure from the world of cybercrime, this after parts of its PlayStation Network were shut down for weeks. The hack potentially exposed vital personal data of some 70 million users to criminals. Speaking to reporters, Howard Stringer calls the online game outage a hiccup, but says Sony is no closer to finding the hackers who broke in.

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Sony PlayStation Network Further Delayed

Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures(TOKYO) -- PlayStation network users will have to wait a little longer. Sony is holding off on restoring the service so that it can conduct additional testing to make sure that personal data is safe.

Last month, Sony admitted that the PlayStation network had been hacked, and the accounts of more 100 million customers compromised.

No word on how much longer the network would be down.

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Sony Apologizes for PlayStation Security Breach

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Sony executives are apologizing for last week's PlayStation security breach. Over the weekend, they admitted that they still don't know who's to blame. Personal data of 77 million people was compromised. In an effort to make it up to their customers, Sony will be offering 30 days of free service.

The PlayStation breach is just the latest hack attack on a company's customer data, but online customers are still entering more private info than ever. Experts say that means there's little incentive for companies to improve their computer security.

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Sony Playstation Data Breach Exposes Info of 77 Million Users

Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Sony’s online PlayStation Network -- which allows gamers to play video games online and access streaming movies using its popular gaming consoles -- has been breached by hackers, according to the company.

The company says the data of some 77 million customers -- including names, addresses, birthdays, passwords and log-in names -- was accessed by an unauthorized person between April 17 and April 19.  Sony says it doesn’t have evidence that credit card data was hacked, but says it "cannot rule out the possibility."

“For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information,” the company said in a blog post.   “Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, Social Security number or other personally identifiable information.”

Sony further advised customers to "remain vigilant, to review your account statements and to monitor your credit reports."

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Sony PlayStation Network Still Down

Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Sony's PlayStation network is still down.

The company says it is rebuilding the network, after what it calls an "external intrusion." Sony turned off the network April 20 to address the security issues.

The PlayStation network allows gamers to connect and play each other in real time.

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Sony Ericsson Introduces Smart Phone for Gamers

Photo Courtesy - Sony Ericsson(LONDON) -- Sony Ericsson introduced the first ever PlayStation-certified smart phone Monday.

The Xperia PLAY will feature a four-inch multi-touch color screen and a slide-out control pad with buttons similar to those on Sony's PlayStation Portable.  The gaming-inspired smart phone will run on Android software and will have a built-in 5.1-megapixel digital camera, as well as a front-facing camera.

The Xperia PLAY will be available through Verizon Wireless and is set to hit stores sometime in April.

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Sony Unveils New Playstation Portable

Photo Courtesy - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.(TOKYO) -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. unveiled the next generation of its Playstation portable gaming system Thursday in Tokyo.

Codenamed Next Generation Portable, or NGP, the new portable gaming device will feature a multi-touch five-inch screen, Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity and two cameras on its front and rear.  Games for the console will be on a new medium -- a small flash memory-based card.

Sony claims the NGP is as powerful as the PS3, meaning better graphics than the first PSP.  The company says the new gaming device will make its debut at the end of 2011.

On Thursday, Sony also announced plans to release an app that will run PlayStation games on smart phones.  The PlayStation Suite will be available for Android phones.

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