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October 12, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Sony’s bad week: Bravia TV recall, more PlayStation hacks

When it rains it pours for Sony.

The company today announced a recall of its premium Bravia TV models, to check a component that could overheat and catch fire. Affected are certain 40-inch LCD models.

That’s on top of Tuesday’s report that hackers found their way into Sony’s PlayStation Network again, breaching 93,000 accounts globally. PSN was supposed to be locked down after a major intrusion led to a prolonged shutdown and security overhaul in April.

Sony turned off the affected accounts and is notifying affected people by email. Credit card numbers weren’t obtained, the company said in a release.

The PSN attackers obtained login information from other websites, then looked for PSN accounts that used the same logins, Sony said. That’s a reminder not to use the same user ID and password over and over again.

For the Bravia TVs affected by the recall, Sony will send a technician to check the set and make a free repair if necessary. Affected model numbers are KDL-40V3000, KDL-40VL130, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40WL135, KDL-40XBR4, and KDL-40XBR5. To request the inspection, visit www.updatemytv.com.

(I would have posted this sooner but I’m using a BlackBerry, which is also on the fritz …)

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