Sony responds to congressional inquiry over ‘highly sophisticated’ cyberattack

By on May 4, 2011 at 1:18 PM.

Sony responds to congressional inquiry over ‘highly sophisticated’ cyberattack

Sony on Wednesday responded to a congressional inquiry regarding major cyberattacks against its Qriocity, PlayStation Network, and Sony Online Entertainment businesses that leaked loads of personal information, including credit card numbers, to hackers. The hackers were able to breach Sony’s security while another group, dubbed “Anonymous” mobbed its servers with denial-of-service (DoS) attacks. “Whether those who participated in the denial of services attacks were conspirators or whether they were simply duped into providing cover for a very clever thief, we may never know,” Sony said in its letter to Congress, noting that it still has no idea who hacked its systems. A total of 101 million accounts across Sony’s multiple networks were compromised as Sony became the “victim of a very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyberattack designed to steal personal and credit card information for illegal purposes,” the company said. According to The Wall Street Journal, 12.3 million credit card numbers were stolen, 5.6 million of which belonged to users in the United States. So far Sony has not confirmed that the credit card numbers have been used illegally. The firm hopes to get its gaming networks back online as soon as possible. More →

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Sony confirms SOE security breach, 25 million accounts compromised

By on May 3, 2011 at 10:44 AM.

Sony confirms SOE security breach, 25 million accounts compromised

Following preliminary news of another major security breach, Sony confirmed late on Monday that its Sony Online Entertainment portal has been hacked and the personal data of its users has been compromised. Sony said the cyberattack took place on Sunday, and its online gaming portal was taken offline as an initial countermeasure. The company is currently working with the FBI to investigate the breach, which the company has confirmed may have exposed personal data associated with 25 million online accounts. Sony has also confirmed that 10,700 non-U.S. debit card numbers and 12,700 non-U.S. credit card numbers may have been stolen, though the company said its main credit card database was not compromised. Sony Online Entertainment, or SOE, is a portal that hosts several popular Massively Multiplayer Online PC games such as EverQuest and DC Universe Online. Hit the break for Sony’s letter to SOE users. More →

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Sony suffers another major security breach

By on May 2, 2011 at 4:23 PM.

Sony suffers another major security breach

Nikkei.com on Monday reported that an online Sony gaming network has once again fallen victim to a cyberattack. This time, the attack may have exposed the credit card numbers of thousands of Sony customers from around the world. According to the report, over 12,700 customer credit card numbers were stolen during a breach of Sony’s online gaming network, Sony Online Entertainment. According to Nikkei.com, Sony discovered the possible attack on Sunday. Sony recently suffered a similar attack on its PlayStation Network, which was offline for days as a result of the breach. Though Sony has yet to confirm this new incident publicly, the Sony Online Entertainment portal has been taken offline while Sony investigates the matter. More →

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In-app billing launches on Android Market

By on March 30, 2011 at 7:32 AM.

In-app billing launches on Android Market

Via a brief blog post, Google has announced the availability of in-app billing for Android Market applications. The new feature will allow application makers to publish apps that can facilitate future payments via Google’s Checkout system. “In-app Billing gives you more ways to monetize your apps with try-and-buy, virtual goods, upgrades, and other billing models,” writes Google. “If you aren’t yet familiar with In-app Billing, we encourage you to learn more about it.” The company notes that several applications, including Tap Tap Revenge and WSOP3, are already utilizing the service. Developers interested in taking in-app payments can find detailed documentation here. More →

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Crime ring uses stolen credit cards in $1 million Apple Store shopping spree

By on February 2, 2011 at 12:11 PM.

Crime ring uses stolen credit cards in $1 million Apple Store shopping spree

Apple once again finds itself the target of criminal activity, though this time the scheme is slightly more elaborate than a small-time smash and grab job. According to court documents filed in the state of New York, dozens of suspects have been charged in association with using thousands of stolen credit card numbers to purchase products from Apple Store locations across the country. The group made fake credit cards with stolen credit card numbers and then used them to purchase Apple laptops, iPhones, iPods and other Apple products. The group’s leader, 28-year-old Shaheed Bilal, allegedly continued to orchestrate the entire operation even while incarcerated from May through December of last year. Bilal had thousands of stolen credit card numbers in his possession and even boasted on Twitter about using stolen cards at restaurants. Records of Bilal’s tweets were referenced by prosecutors at his arraignment on Tuesday. The Apple Store scheme began in May 2009, and the group reportedly purchased over $1 million worth of Apple products using the stolen card numbers. 27 suspects have been charged so far. More →

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