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Repeat: Sony Attacked Again. (But This Time Credit Card Info Is Safe.)

  • October 12, 2011 6:26 am

Sony, Sony, Sony. New reports are circulating around the web this morning that many a PSN user will surely not want to hear: Sony has been hacked attacked. Again. But before you get all bent out of shape and launch your PS3 through a window we must stress that it’s far less severe than back in April. Much less in fact.

According Sony’s Chief Information Security Officer, Philip Reitinger, the Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment Network are affected. Moreover, a total of roughly 93,000 (at least 35,000 in the U.S. and 20,000 in Europe) PSN accounts have been “halted”, with owners of said accounts being sent emails to verify account information and reset passwords. At this time Sony has stressed that absolutely no credit card/personal information has been compromised. The list of accounts/passwords allegedly comes from several 3rd party sites and sources (credit: HackerNews).

For now, this appears to be nothing more than a small, unsuccessful (for the hackers) hiccup that hopefully doesn’t turn into another Spring-to-Summer PSN downtime. If you recall, Japanese PS3/PSN users felt the worst of the hacking effects with governments stepping in and preventing any PSN re-launch until security measures were up to their standards — a move that didn’t come until late July.

Sony Exec: “PSN Hack Was Enlightening/Great Experience.”

  • July 14, 2011 9:38 am


Oh snap. You’d think that Sony would be perfectly content with only winning 2011′s “Worst Network Security Award”, but Sony’s very own Tim Schaaff (President of Entertainment) thinks the title of “Largest Foot Shoved In Mouth” is yet attainable.

When speaking with VentureBeat about the PSN hack among other things, Schaaf says that the overall PSN hack was “enlightening” and an overall “great experience”. Despite Schaff’s claim, we just can’t manage to shake the thought Sony’s PSN customers think differently.

“I think for people running network businesses, it’s not just about improving your security, because I’ve never talked to a security expert who said, ‘As long you do the following three things you’ll be fine, because hackers won’t get you… the question is how do you build your life so you’re able to cope with those things. It’s been a great experience.”

We know what Schaaf is trying to say. What it comes out sounding like, however, is a PR disaster. Speaking of which — Sony PR: Ready your fingers and keyboards!

PSN Hack: Sony Finally Re-Launching Online Services In Japan This Week.

  • July 4, 2011 8:17 am

Sony’s widespread PSN Hack that brought the online gaming community to its knees back in mid-April is finally coming to a close this week, with Sony planning to finally re-launch the PlayStation Network store and Qriocity this week.

For the rest of the PSN-playing world, “victory” was made public back in mid-May starting with the U.S. and parts of Europe. Back at home, however, the Japanese government levied much stricter guidelines on Sony in an effort to truly make sure a hack of this magnitude never happened again. Whatever Sony and Japanese officials have been discussing is not known at this time, and very well never will be. Nonetheless, it shows the Japanese government is determined to beef up not only Sony’s security but their own country’s image as well.

Japanese PSN and Qriocity users can look towards the full re-launch beginning July 6th.

2+ Months Later: PlayStation Network, Store Still Offline In Japan.

  • June 24, 2011 1:40 pm

Despite the rest of the world regaining Playstation Network and PlayStation Store access as early as May 14th, Sony’s PSN and PlayStation Store customers in Japan remain offline.

The reason is the same as it was a month ago — the Japanese government has demanded that Sony show/prove that specific requirements are being met before they’ll allow the switch to be flipped. Making matters worse is that Sony hasn’t offered up any public explanations as to what the Japanese government’s requirements are, how they’re planning to meet said requirements, or a time frame in which we can look forward to a Japanese re-launch of PSN services.

For what it’s worth, Sony did issue a brief apology today to PSN and Qriocity customers which stated they needed more time “to make adjustments with the various related parties” — the “related parties” of course being various governmental agencies.

Tell us, Japanese PlayStation owners: What have you been doing to pass the time?

Shocker: Sony Withheld Severity Of PSN Hack.

  • June 15, 2011 3:01 pm

In a new report published today by Kyodo News, it is alleged that Sony knew the full extent of the PSN breach but delayed announcing their findings in a feeble attempt to lessen public outcry. Of course, the exact opposite happened as more details trickled out and it was suggested Sony was deliberately withholding information.

The official report claims Sony acknowledged the PSN hack and the severity of the breach on April 25th though told the public on April 26th that they “couldn’t rule out the possibility” of such an attack. Furthermore on May 1st the company claims they didn’t even know of the hack until April 26th — the same day they finally alerted the public.

Sony responded to the report and maintained that they didn’t know the full extent of the hack and didn’t want to “bewilder” customers with false alarms if it was “only” information such as PSN account names and passwords that were stolen. Unfortunately for Sony they took their sweet time releasing information to the public whom did have personal information stolen in various forms.

The question on everyone’s minds now is what will the Japanese government do with these new allegations that Sony deliberately misled the public?

Following Anonymous Arrests, Spanish Police Website Taken Offline By Attack.

  • June 13, 2011 9:54 am


It appears Anonymous has “officially” responded to recent arrests targeting three claimed “core” members of the infamous hacker group by taking the Spanish police website offline. The total time of the outage on www.policia.es wasn’t too severe — roughly one hour — though the Spanish police themselves won’t go as far as claiming it was Anonymous. But they don’t really have to. Anonops is a site routinely used as a public front page for anonymous which has seena recent update claiming responsibility for the latest attack and giving it the name #OpPolicia. At the same time, Anonymous claims that no core group members have been arrested because…they don’t have a “core” group.

Who’s next…?

3 Suspected Anonymous Hackers Tied To PSN Hacks Arrested In Spain.

  • June 10, 2011 9:37 am


If authorities in Spain are to be believed, part of the hacker group Anonymous has been cracked. Three unnamed hackers believed to be members of Anonymous and tied to recent PSN Hacks were taken into custody Friday. In their efforts, Spanish police also found a server in one of the members’ apartments in Gijon that was supposedly used to not only hack Sony’s PSN but several Spanish banks and a slew of government websites across the world.

For now, the police aren’t naming anyone publicly or sharing many details outside of the general facts above. Also absent from the list of known information is just how involved these hackers were in the Sony hacks and Anonymous overall. At any rate, it appears Anonymous is coming under increasing fire as they hack their way around the world.

Another Day, Another Sony Hack. Sony Brazil Falls.

  • June 6, 2011 10:33 am


It’s no secret that Sony’s cyber security is border line useless, a joke, etc. The ridiculous nature has long run its course. With that said we have a new hack to speak of today. Sony Brazil’s website has been hacked and defaced with the image above. 10 hours later and the site is still down. Nice, Sony. Real nice.

LulzSec Delivers. Another Massive Data Breach Hits Sony. 1,000,000+ Users Compromised.

  • June 2, 2011 5:00 pm

Well folks. Some one is losing their job after this. The LulzSec hacker group that has been boasting of hacking into Sony and stealing millions of users’ information over the last week has finally delivered. Today’s release marks the second major breach of Sony servers in two months. However, unlike the original “PSN hack” that hit Sony’s PlayStation Network, this latest attack by LulzSec has touched many different areas of Sony online including Sonypictures.com and Songbmg websites. Of course, the most telling part of this latest hack is the fact that a simple SQL injection was all that was needed. Of course, there’s not much security to be spoken of when you’re storing sensitive user information in plain text.

The full list of compromised sites with download links for samples of the stolen information/proof:

  • LulzSec Hack Summary (with links to compromised data): Pastebin
  • Sonypictures.com AutoTrader user database
  • Sonypictures.com Summer of Restless Beauty users database
  • Sonypictures.com Sony Wonder coupons database
  • Sonypictures.com Sony Wonder music codes database
  • Sonypictures.com Seinfeld Del Boca Vista database
  • Sonypictures.com database tables
  • Sonybmg.nl database
  • Sonybmg.be database

Because fully downloading the 1,000,000 user account information LulzSec had access to would have taken many more days if not weeks, the group posted download links to shorter samples pulled from Sony’s servers. With that said, while the more serious information includes scores of coupon codes, full addresses, and email accounts + passwords, we don’t see any credit card information — yet.

Seeing as how this would be another massive screw up on Sony’s part, the company must be on the verge of addressing the public, right? Wrong. In an earlier email response to the ibTimes (Sony hasn’t responded to us yet) from earlier [~2pm EST], answering questions about the claimed ongoing hack over the past week, a Sony spokeswoman said:

“We have been performing regular, thorough testing of the implemented security enhancements. After investigating further, there is no indication that the claim by [LulzSec] is accurate at the moment.”

Thus far, Sony has yet to respond to these latest developments as well. Though if Sony’s previous two months have shown us, we can almost certainly give the hackers the benefit of the doubt.

The year just went from terrible to suicidal (for Sony). Full “press release”/official statement from LulzSec after the break…

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