The Economist | Corporate computing: Online reputations in the dirt

The Economist

Corporate computing
Online reputations in the dirt
Serious glitches at Sony and Amazon have revived worries about the risks of handling data online

SAN FRANCISCO AND TOKYO

THEY are two of the biggest names in technology and each is grappling with a huge and highly embarrassing debacle. On April 26th Amazon’s finance chief, Thomas Szkutak, said the firm was still trying to get to the bottom of a glitch that caused numerous websites it hosts for other businesses to crash or run painfully slowly during the previous week. The same day, Sony of Japan revealed that names, addresses, passwords and possibly credit-card details of 77m accounts were stolen when hackers gained access to the network it runs in 60 countries for its PlayStation online-gaming system, as well as for Qriocity, a service offering music, films and television shows.

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