Hackers claim another raid on Sony accounts
Friday 03 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.
And, later that month, Lulzsec – now famous for its defacing of the PBS website with a fake story about dead rapper Tupac Shakur still being alive – tweeted: "Working on another Sony operation... this is the beginning of the end for Sony."
Yesterday, before releasing the information it said it had stolen in an operation it has called "Sownage" (Sony ownage), it taunted the Japanese manufacturer, tweeting: "Hey [Sony], you know we're making off with a bunch of your internal stuff right now and you haven't even noticed? Slow and steady, guys."
A message from the hacktivists, posted last night on a site hosting the file, claimed that the stolen data within came from "internal Sony networks and websites, all of which we accessed easily and without the need for outside support or money".
It added that the affected sites were SonyPictures.com, the site for the company's film and television wing, and Sony-owned record label BMG. The hacktivists asserted that they had not released all of the information they had access to online "due to a lack of resource". They said they were unable to fully copy all of the information and released samples in a bid to prove their authenticity. That included around 39,000 email addresses and passwords, 12,500 more with home addresses, as well as dates of birth. Details of hundreds of BMG users were also released.
They added that SonyPictures.com was hacked by taking advantage of "one of the most primitive and common vulnerabilities". The statement said: "What's worse is that every bit of data we took wasn't encrypted.
"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: they were asking for it."
A Sony spokesman could not be contacted last night but reportedly told technology blog thisismynext.com that the company was "looking into these claims".
Life & Style blogs
Alexander McQueen at auction: What makes a really great piece of fashion?
A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
No female ejaculation, please, we’re British: a history of porn and censorship
Stressed nurses are 'forced to choose between health of patients and their own'
Pornhub: Kim Kardashian's sex tape is the most-watched porn video of all-time
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...
£30 per hour: Ashdown Group: An industry leading and well established business...
£20000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly reputable business is looking to rec...
£28000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A highly reputable business is looking to rec...