Hacked Again – Sony’s Re-occuring Nightmare

This morning, BBC News reports that hackers have again attacked the Sony Network. Whilst no one can condone the actions of these hackers, the damage currently being done by these repeated attacks on one of the worlds largest brands is huge. Sony estimates that the previous hack in April , where 77 million accounts were hacked, could hit their operating profits to the tune of £100 million pounds. The hack came the day after Sony announced that its PSN network was back online.

In this latest attack, hackers claim to have broken into servers that run SonyPictures.com, stealing in excess of one million passwords, email addresses, home addresses and dates of birth. In addition they claim to have also stolen 75,000 ‘music codes’ and 3.5 million ‘music coupons’.

Taking credit for this latest hack is agroup which calls itself Luiz Security. The hack was carried out by using a simple SQL injection and Luiz released a statment saying ‘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’.

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Cyber Attacks

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