Unfortunately for PlayStation Network gamers around the world, the large hack that forced Sony to suspend its service back in April has painted a massive target on the back of one of the big three companies in the gaming world. Sony has been hacked again.

The good news? This time was in a smaller, more restricted fashion that did not impact the PlayStation Network specifically. So-Net, the Japanese Internet service provider for Sony, spread the word that an intruder had infiltrated their network and stolen credits worth more than 100,000 yen from several accounts. That's roughly $1,200 USD.

The news came with a statement from representatives at So-Net regarding the attack itself and what the company's done since.

"What we've done is stopped the So-Net points exchanges and told customers to change their passwords…At this point in our investigations, we have not confirmed any data leakage. We have not found any sign of a possibility that a third party has obtained members' names, address, birth dates and phone numbers."

And that's the even better set of news. This attack was localized enough that it did not affect the large scale Sony networks, it did not force the company to stop service and there's not been any word of compromised user information.

However, attacks like this will continue to mar the corporate image of Sony and, subsequently, all of their online services. Gamers and consumers may have already started to lose faith in Sony's security, something that the company has been working hard to stabilize since the initial attack. Unfortunately for them, it seems, it's become open season in the hacking world.

It almost sounds cheesy, but Sony's extremely vulnerable right now. And, this is purely my own conjecture, the attacks may continue for a good chunk of time to come.

For now? The PSN is still up, the PlayStation Store is supposedly slated for next week and Sony's working hard to regain full control and stability. We'll have more on the company's story as it continues to develop.

[via PressTheButtons.com]