Sony network reportedly being targeted again this weekend

The would-be attackers may already have access to Sony servers

Hackers talking in an online chat room are reportedly planning to steal customer data from Sony's network again this weekend and post it online.

The would-be attackers already have access to Sony servers, according to a news story posted by CNET, which based its report on an unnamed source who observed an IRC chat involving parties who said they were the attackers that have already stolen information about 77 million Sony PlayStation Network customers.

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If it happens, it will be the third attack against Sony since April 6 when the hacker group Anonymous launched a DDoS attack that took down Sony's PlayStation Network for several hours. Somewhere between April 17 and 19 an unknown attacker broke into the PlayStation Network and stole customer data. Sony's not sure who did it and no one has claimed responsibility, but Sony has hinted it thinks Anonymous did it.

Meanwhile, Sony CEO Howard Stringer has apologized about the breach in a letter posted to the PlayStation blog. "As a company we -- and I -- apologize for the inconvenience and concern caused by this attack," he writes. The letter outlines steps Sony is taking to make it up to customers, but no word on when PlayStation Network will come back online fully.

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