Thursday, June 02, 2011

More Sony Hacker Trouble


I am working as hard as I can but it's almost impossible to keep ahead of the assaults in Internet companies. Here is the latest from The Independent, a very serious British newspaper.

Hackers claim another raid on Sony accounts

By Kevin Rawlinson

Friday, 3 June 2011

It was supposed to be the day Sony clawed back some pride. Yesterday morning, the company announced that its PSN network was back online after the biggest hacking attack in history more than a month earlier.

Last night, though, the Japanese manufacturer was dealing with another disaster, after hackers claimed to have broken into its network yet again, saying they had stolen more than one million users' personal account details and posted them online.

The hackers claimed the data taken during the attacks on Sony and BMG included passwords, email addresses, home addresses, dates of birth and all Sony opt-in data associated with their accounts. A statement from the hackers read: "Among other things, we also compromised all admin details of Sony Pictures (including passwords) along with 75,000 'music codes' and 3.5m 'music coupons'."

The "hacktivist" group LulzSec claims to have carried out the attack – as well as recent ones on the PBS and Fox networks.

On its Twitter account, the group said it had also stolen "unencrypted admin accounts, government and military passwords saved in plaintext" [sic]. The alleged hacking is the latest in a series to be carried out on high profile companies and heaps more embarrassment on the highest profile of them all: Sony. In early May, The Independent reported rumours in the hacking community that the company was to be the target of another group of hacktivists."

Well this is certainly bad news! You'd think that a huge sophisticated company like Sony would have or put in place quickly radical internet security. Truth is these big giants have neglected security for many years. now we reap the biter, bitter fruit of that neglect.

The hackers actually said, "Sony stored over 1,000,000 passwords of its customers in plaintext, which means it's just a matter of taking it. This is disgraceful and insecure:"

Howdja feel about being upbraided and browbeaten by a bunch of hackers Sony?!

What's most disgraceful is that when you go to the Play Station web site and the Sony web site THERE IS NOT ONE WORD ABOUT THE HACK! I guess "Screw our customers we are going to play this quiet and close to the chest and hope that most of our huge customer base won't know their private information has been hacked."

Steffen Schmidt, Professor

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