Just when you thought it was safe to be a Sony supporter a tag-team double-whammy of bad news comes up and ruins your day – again.
A day after the restoration of the company’s online services seemed to be nearing its completion reports emerge that a different hacking group has managed to breach another high-profile section of Sony’s network.
The Sony Pictures website was unexpectedly intruded last night by hackers who were able to gain access to an account system holding over one-million users’ personal data – which embarrassingly were stored in plaintext. Taking advantage of attention focused on the Playstation Network and keeping its gamer’s sweet, after trouble befell the service leaving account holders credit card details exposed for theft, a group calling themselves Lulz Security slipped into the account system undetected also dropping their calling card into their hack.
Included in a torrent LulzSec boast “Personal information including passwords, email addresses, home addresses, dates of birth and all Sony opt-in data associated with their accounts. Among other things, we also compromised all admin details on Sony Pictures (including passwords) along with 75,000 ‘music codes’ and 3.5 million ‘music coupons”’
Earlier this week the LulzSec group got into the PBS website system and claim to be “a team of entertainment and security experts that specialise in the production of malicious comedic cybermaterials” and set to prove a point by knocking the already struggling Sony.
“Our goal here is not to come across as master hackers, hence what we’re about to reveal: SonyPictures.com was owned by a very simple SQL injection, one of the most primitive and common vulnerabilities…why do you put such faith in a company that allows itself to become open to these simple attacks?”
It’s seems to be open season on Sony as far as the hackers are concerned. LulzSec refer to the company as “morons” – we’d be hard-pressed to disagree in light of recent events.
Read on HERE for today’s second dose of bad news for Team Sony – This one affects you gamers..
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