Sony Suspends 93,000 PSN Accounts, Has HDTV Woes
Sony has temporarily suspended 93,000 PlayStation Network accounts because it found a "large amount of unauthorized sign-in attempts," proving that the besieged company just can’t catch a break.
The unauthorized sign-in attempts were both on the PlayStation Network and on other online entertainment services, according to The Wall Street Journal. Sony says that the credit card details for the temporarily suspended accounts, the majority of which are located in the United States and Europe, are "not at risk."
A Sony official said the current situation is "very different from the hacker attacks earlier this year" because the sign-in attempts do not involve any actual attacks on Sony's servers.
Meanwhile, Sony has other problems: the company also announced that it had discovered a defect in 1.6 million Sony Bravia HDTVs. The defect causes parts of the HDTVs to melt and potentially catch fire.
There have been 11 reported incidents of overheating since 2008. All of the incidents have been in Japan, but the affected parts are in 1.6 million Bravia HDTVs that have been sold worldwide.
Bloomberg's BusinessWeek reports that Sony is recalling more than one million faulty sets after Japan's trade ministry instructed it to do so, but the company denies this claim.
According to The Guardian, a Sony spokesman said "This is not a product recall and is not a case of switching over affected TV sets for new ones." Still, The Guardian reports that Sony is "urging" owners to have safety inspections carried out at Sony service centers.
The affected Bravia sets include KDL-40D3400, KDL-40D3500, KDL-40D3550, KDL-40D3660, KDL-40V3000, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40X3000, and KDL-40X3500.