Sony confirms Sony Pictures breach, says 37,500 users affected [updated]

By on June 8, 2011 at 1:15 PM.

Sony confirms Sony Pictures breach, says 37,500 users affected [updated]

Sony has released more information regarding a recent breach suffered by one of the many Sony properties that have been targeted by hackers over the past few months. The company said on Wednesday that personal information belonging to 37,500 users has been compromised as a result of a cyberattack on the Sony Pictures website last week. Hackers from a small group known as Lulz Security claimed to have accessed over one million accounts during their breach of the Sony Pictures site, but they were only able to download a small sample of those records due to their limited resources. Sony states that no credit card numbers were stored on the website’s servers, but information including names, genders, addresses, email addresses, phone numbers, birth dates, user account names and passwords was taken during the breach.

UPDATE: Sony Pictures’ letter to customers affected by the breach can now be seen after the break. More →

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Sony suffers yet another breach; Sony Music Brazil site hacked

By on June 6, 2011 at 9:31 AM.

Sony suffers yet another breach; Sony Music Brazil site hacked

The list of hacked Sony properties continues to grow as Sony Music Brazil finds its website the latest victim in a long line of breaches. The company’s website was the target of a cyberattack on Saturday night and nearly 36 hours later, the site is still offline. Initially, the hackers defaced the site with a single page titled “Hacked The UnderTaker,” which apparently contained nicknames of several people responsible for the attack. More than 12 hours later, the website was finally taken offline. Sony Music Brazil has not commented on the breach and it is unclear if any private data was exposed. More →

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Sony Pictures breach confirmed to be authentic; Sony launches investigation

By on June 3, 2011 at 9:15 AM.

Sony Pictures breach confirmed to be authentic; Sony launches investigation

A small group of hackers calling themselves LulzSec on Thursday claimed to have breached a Sony website and gained access to personal information belonging to over 1 million Sony customers. The group posted a statement claiming it did not have the resources to download the massive database tied to SonyPictures.com, but it provided samples of the data accessed in order to prove the breach was real. The Associated Press contacted several of the purported victims using phone numbers posted by LulzSec, and it was able to confirm with multiple victims that the data, which included account passwords, was authentic and accurate. Sony has not yet confirmed the breach, though a company spokesperson did say Sony is currently investigating the claims. This new breach is the latest in a string of hacks on various Sony networks that have compromised personal data belonging to over 100 million Sony customers. More →

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Sony Pictures website hacked, 1 million accounts compromised

By on June 2, 2011 at 6:30 PM.

Sony Pictures website hacked, 1 million accounts compromised

Hackers from a group called LulzSec announced on Thursday that they had breached sonypictures.com, the website belonging to Sony-owned studio Sony Pictures. The group claims to have compromised personal information belonging to over 1 million users, including user names, passwords, home addresses, dates of birth and other sensitive data. The group also claims to have accessed 75,000 “music codes” and 3.5 million “music coupons.” LulzSec says it employed a simple SQL injection technique to access the data, and that Sony Pictures’ site was not secure and was therefore easy to breach. The hackers did not have the resources to download all of the exposed data, but they say they did obtain samples in order to prove the authenticity of the attack. LulzSec’s statement on the breach is after the break. More →

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Sony PlayStation Network to be fully restored by this weekend in most regions

By on May 31, 2011 at 10:03 AM.

Sony PlayStation Network to be fully restored by this weekend in most regions

Sony on Tuesday stated that services associated with its PlayStation Network will be fully restored by the end of this week in all regions outside Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Sony also said it would fully restore the Music Unlimited services tied to its Qriocity streaming music offering for the PlayStation 3, PSP and PCs. “We have been conducting additional testing and further security verification of our commerce functions in order to bring the PlayStation Network completely back online so that our fans can again enjoy the first class entertainment experience they have come to love,” said Kazuo Hirai, Sony’s Executive Deputy President, in a statement. “We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time.” Sony recently suffered a series of cyberattacks across various networks that exposed personal data belonging to over 100 million of the company’s customers. Sony is currently working with the FBI to identify the parties responsible for breaching its various digital networks. Hit the break for Sony’s full press release. More →

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Sony cyberattacks spill over to Sony Ericsson

By on May 25, 2011 at 2:43 PM.

Sony cyberattacks spill over to Sony Ericsson

Sony continues to be targeted in a series of cyberattacks that have resulted in the theft of personal information belonging to over 100 million Sony customers. Following breaches of the company’s PlayStation Network, Sony Online Entertainment, So-net Entertainment and most recently, the Sony’s Greek website, hackers have breached a database associated with Sony Ericsson’s Canadian online shop. Personal data including names, email addresses and passwords belonging to more than 2,000 customers was compromised, but Sony said no credit card numbers were stolen. A Lebanese hacking group called Idahca claimed responsibility for the attack, and it said the information obtained has been leaked on Facebook and Twitter. It is unclear if this latest attack is tied in any way to previous attacks on Sony’s various digital properties. More →

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Sony suffers another cyberattack

By on May 24, 2011 at 9:00 AM.

Sony suffers another cyberattack

Sony’s ongoing battle with cyberattacks has already left the personal data of over 100 million customers exposed, and now the company has fallen victim to yet another attack. Details are slim for the time being, but Reuters cites a report from Jiji news service in stating that roughly 8,500 people across three countries have been affected by this latest breach. Their personal information has been leaked as a result of an attack on Sony’s Greek website on Tuesday, though it is unclear exactly what data the hackers gained access to. Sony has not yet confirmed the attacks, but its Greek website, sony.gr, was back online at the time of this writing. More →

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Sony to post $3.2 billion annual loss

By on May 24, 2011 at 2:19 AM.

Sony to post $3.2 billion annual loss

Sony Chief Financial Officer Masaru Kato announced to the press on Monday that the company expects to post an annual loss of $3.2 billion for its fiscal year ending in March 2011 — the second largest loss in company history. The news comes as yet another blow for the Japanese consumer electronics giant, whose online networks have been the target of a series of cyberattacks that impacted more than 100 million customers. Sony had previously expected to post a profit this year, however the company had to write off $4.4 billion for a tax credit from a previous quarter. A series of earthquakes that rocked Japan earlier this year had a negative impact on the company as well, slowing production and destroying factories. The affect of the quakes carried over to the company’s first quarter, Kato told the press, but Sony is still optimistic about 2011/2012. For the fiscal year ending in March 2012, Sony expects to post an operating profit of 200 billion yen, or $2.45 billion at today’s exchange rate. More →

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Sony begins restoring PSN services

By on May 16, 2011 at 9:30 AM.

Sony begins restoring PSN services

Sony has announced that it’s starting to bring its services back online after a major security breach leaked the credit card data and personal information of over a hundred million users. The first step for Sony’s PlayStation Network members is a firmware update that’s been issued for the PlayStation 3. After applying the patch, PS3 users will be prompted to change their PSN passwords. “Please note that these services will take a bit of time to be turned on and rolled out to the whole country,” the company said in a blog post Saturday. “The process has begun and some states are being turned on now, so please be patient as we reach your city and state.” More →

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Capcom exec says Sony breach cost his company ‘hundreds of thousands, if not millions’ of dollars

By on May 10, 2011 at 10:50 AM.

Capcom exec says Sony breach cost his company ‘hundreds of thousands, if not millions’ of dollars

Capcom senior vice president Christian Svensson has voiced his opinion over the Sony’s massive security breach on the Capcom forums. “As an executive responsible for running a business, the resulting outage [is] obviously costing us hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in revenue that were planned for within our budget,” Svensson said in a public forum response. “These are funds we rely on to bring new games to market for our fans.” Capcom has a storefront that offers users the option to purchase extra game content on the PlayStation Network. Svenesson clarified in another post and added that he — and perhaps Capcom, too — is more frustrated with the hackers than with Sony, which he views as the victim. More →

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Sony to restore access to PlayStation Network by May 31st

By on May 9, 2011 at 4:31 PM.

Sony to restore access to PlayStation Network by May 31st

Sony will access to its PlayStation Network and Qriocity services by May 31st, Bloomberg is reporting. Sony took its networks offline after a confirmed 101 million accounts were compromised and 12.3 million credit card numbers were stolen by hackers. Sony’s president, chairman, and CEO, Howard Stringer, has said Sony is “absolutely dedicated to restoring full and safe service as soon as possible,” and has promised users a “Welcome Back” package that includes a free month of its PlayStation Plus service, as well as credit for the downtime. More →

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‘Anonymous’ denies involvement in Sony cyberattacks

By on May 5, 2011 at 10:01 AM.

‘Anonymous’ denies involvement in Sony cyberattacks

In its response to a congressional inquiry over recent cyberattacks aimed at several of Sony’s online networks, the company on Wednesday claimed it possessed evidence of hacker activist group Anonymous’ involvement. Sony did state, however, that it could not be certain if Anonymous knowingly carried out Denial of Service attacks in order to facilitate the theft of customer data, or if the group was merely an unwitting pawn in a scheme carried out by more malicious attackers. Anonymous on Wednesday issued a press release denying any involvement with the theft of customer data, which included over 12.3 million credit card numbers. Anonymous does acknowledge that the breach took place while it was carrying out an attack on Sony’s servers, but says it did not not participate in any data theft. The group also claims it did not leave any files on Sony’s servers — Sony stated earlier that it discovered a file called “Anonymous” on its servers following the breaches that contained a portion of Anonymous’ slogan. Hit the break for the full press release. More →

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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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