Sony Pictures hacked

Written by David Hing

June 3, 2011 // 12:03 p.m.

Tags: #hackers #hacking #lulzsec #psn #sony #sony-news #sony-pictures #sony-pictures-hack #sony-psn

Hackers have struck Sony once again, this time hitting Sony Pictures and Sony BMG and posting the email addresses and passwords of over 60,000 users. The hackers also posted details of how to carry out further attacks.

Data was posted to BitTorrent by a hacking group calling itself LulzSec. The group claims it was able to access the details of over a million customers, along with admin usernames and passwords for Sony staff. The group also accessed around 3.5 million music coupons and 75,000 music codes as well.

LulzSec released a statement saying that the hack was performed by an SQL injection and that Sony stored passwords in plain text, without encryption.

This is disgraceful and insecure,’ reads a Lulzsec statement. ‘They were asking for it...Why do you put such faith in a company that allows itself to become open to these simple attacks?'

The hacker group came to light earlier in the week for hacking US TV station PBS' website as retaliation for a Wikileaks documentary that they deemed to be unfair.

This attack hits Sony just after they have restored the PSN and updated many security systems. Sony is announcing the re-launch of the PlayStation Network by offering a free trial of their premium service and a selection of free games to customers as way of apology for the outage.

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