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Sony Pictures confirmed it was hacked by LulzSec

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 04 Jun 2011 14:22 User comments (16)

Sony Pictures confirmed it was hacked by LulzSec Earlier this week we reported that the hacking group that took down PBS had hacked Sony and posted the info online, adding another chapter to the long saga of security breaches that have plagued the company since April.
"LulzSec" posted that they had broken into the servers of Sony Pictures Entertainment websites and stole personal info for 1 million customers.

The group then posted names, addresses, emails and passwords for 150,000 customers on the Internet, bashing Sony in the process.

Sony Pictures has admitted the attack occurred, and apologized for the inconvenience.

Says CEO Michael Lynton:

The cybercrime wave that has affected Sony companies and a number of government agencies, businesses and individuals in recent months has hit Sony Pictures as well. We have confirmed that a breach has occurred and have taken action to protect against further intrusion.


The breach has also been reported to the FBI, says Sony Pictures.

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16 user comments

14.6.2011 14:25

hack #8? I was going to buy Sony laptop and ps3, you can forget it now. Even if I did pay for it with cash, when I register the laptop, my info will be saved onto their server.

24.6.2011 14:53

Nothing to see here move along.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 04 Jun 2011 @ 15:22

34.6.2011 15:03

Not that important.
Being banned by a mod may screw your day.
Jeff

44.6.2011 15:23

Originally posted by Jeffrey_P:
Not that important.
Being banned by a mod may screw your day.
Jeff


Ah yes because AD is my life, what ever would I do without it. :p

54.6.2011 15:25

I don't think this is ever going to end. I expect all these hacks are going to bring about the digital 1984 era faster then we realize, but it is what we have made for ourselves, humans are good at 2 things, creating and destroying, everything else is irrelevant Hollywood gossip.

64.6.2011 18:42

This is a lesson for Sony. They should not have messed with the hackers by taking them to court.


DEVILZ TEARS

74.6.2011 18:59

Originally posted by devilzpsp:
This is a lesson for Sony. They should not have messed with the hackers by taking them to court.
Trying to fight a huge corporation like Sony is like trying to break the bank at a casino. It's a no win situation.

Too many ex-hackers have been hired to avoid jail time.

Sooner or later these folks will get caught and will be looking at years in prison.

The mission of hackers seems to be expanding everyday with new targets just because.....

I empathize with the, "cause" but the mission they are on effects Joe Sixpack

Jeff

84.6.2011 21:44

hope they catch them fast.

94.6.2011 22:47

I wonder how many more services sony has...it seems like they refuse to do security reviews on servers unless those specific servers have already been hacked. We will probably see a couple full cycles of all their services before the security is tight enough to keep people from using known security holes to break in.

Sony simply does not care about user data, and users will forgive them because they are sheep...then they will blame the hackers for sony having poor security.

Sony gets hacked for two reasons, and they are 100% to blame for both: lax security and public policies. If they did not attack innocent people for no reason, if they did not remove selling features because they were tired of supporting them, if they would just do security updates once a month, then none of this would have happened!



104.6.2011 23:09

Originally posted by KillerBug:
I wonder how many more services sony has...it seems like they refuse to do security reviews on servers unless those specific servers have already been hacked. We will probably see a couple full cycles of all their services before the security is tight enough to keep people from using known security holes to break in.

Sony simply does not care about user data, and users will forgive them because they are sheep...then they will blame the hackers for sony having poor security.

Sony gets hacked for two reasons, and they are 100% to blame for both: lax security and public policies. If they did not attack innocent people for no reason, if they did not remove selling features because they were tired of supporting them, if they would just do security updates once a month, then none of this would have happened!
When Sony was smaller as a company they stood up for fair use VHS copies.

Of course the video quality was horrible. It seems in the digital era where anybody who has skills enough to make almost an exact copy of an original, greedy people who now run the this huge conglomeration take exception to anybody having the nerve to make a digital reproduction.

It is very expensive to generate ridiculous, frivolous lawsuits. Even if people purchase the original, which I do.
Sony can go to hell..

If it wasn't efforts from DVDFab and AnyDVD it would almost be impossible to make a copy of purchased DVD or Blu-Ray. Yea, I know DVD shrink. The original source code was used to create what it is today. DVD Shink hasn't been updated for years.
My hat is off to these people
Antigua eh? Hahahaha

I also like the option of removing trailers , adverts and the like. I just put the disk in and it plays the movie, not a bunch of BS.

Originally when DVD's where first produced there was supposed to be no adverts and multiple camera angles. Very few dvd's give you multiple camera angles.
Crock 'o shit.
Jeff
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 04 Jun 2011 @ 23:38

Cars, Guitars & Radiation.

115.6.2011 2:13

It's been reported that Nintendo's website was hacked as well (by LulzSec too supposedly)...I wonder if/when & where the backlash for their "lax and insecure network system infrastructure" happens.

Doubtful...

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 05 Jun 2011 @ 2:20

125.6.2011 5:21

Originally posted by Jeffrey_P:
Originally posted by KillerBug:
I wonder how many more services sony has...it seems like they refuse to do security reviews on servers unless those specific servers have already been hacked. We will probably see a couple full cycles of all their services before the security is tight enough to keep people from using known security holes to break in.

Sony simply does not care about user data, and users will forgive them because they are sheep...then they will blame the hackers for sony having poor security.

Sony gets hacked for two reasons, and they are 100% to blame for both: lax security and public policies. If they did not attack innocent people for no reason, if they did not remove selling features because they were tired of supporting them, if they would just do security updates once a month, then none of this would have happened!
When Sony was smaller as a company they stood up for fair use VHS copies.

Of course the video quality was horrible. It seems in the digital era where anybody who has skills enough to make almost an exact copy of an original, greedy people who now run the this huge conglomeration take exception to anybody having the nerve to make a digital reproduction.

It is very expensive to generate ridiculous, frivolous lawsuits. Even if people purchase the original, which I do.
Sony can go to hell..

If it wasn't efforts from DVDFab and AnyDVD it would almost be impossible to make a copy of purchased DVD or Blu-Ray. Yea, I know DVD shrink. The original source code was used to create what it is today. DVD Shink hasn't been updated for years.
My hat is off to these people
Antigua eh? Hahahaha

I also like the option of removing trailers , adverts and the like. I just put the disk in and it plays the movie, not a bunch of BS.

Originally when DVD's where first produced there was supposed to be no adverts and multiple camera angles. Very few dvd's give you multiple camera angles.
Crock 'o shit.
Jeff
Those forced ads...that is why I ripped all my movies to my hard drives.

As for the low quality of VHS copies, Sony attacks people for ultra-low-quality rips that make a copy of a copy of a copy of a VHS tape look great. Sony only cares about money...if their product does something illegal, they will go into court and make that thing legal...if someone then uses that court ruling in a way that they don't want, they go back to court and get an exception made.


135.6.2011 6:54

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Originally posted by Jeffrey_P:
Originally posted by KillerBug:
I wonder how many more services sony has...it seems like they refuse to do security reviews on servers unless those specific servers have already been hacked. We will probably see a couple full cycles of all their services before the security is tight enough to keep people from using known security holes to break in.

Sony simply does not care about user data, and users will forgive them because they are sheep...then they will blame the hackers for sony having poor security.

Sony gets hacked for two reasons, and they are 100% to blame for both: lax security and public policies. If they did not attack innocent people for no reason, if they did not remove selling features because they were tired of supporting them, if they would just do security updates once a month, then none of this would have happened!
When Sony was smaller as a company they stood up for fair use VHS copies.

Of course the video quality was horrible. It seems in the digital era where anybody who has skills enough to make almost an exact copy of an original, greedy people who now run the this huge conglomeration take exception to anybody having the nerve to make a digital reproduction.

It is very expensive to generate ridiculous, frivolous lawsuits. Even if people purchase the original, which I do.
Sony can go to hell..

If it wasn't efforts from DVDFab and AnyDVD it would almost be impossible to make a copy of purchased DVD or Blu-Ray. Yea, I know DVD shrink. The original source code was used to create what it is today. DVD Shink hasn't been updated for years.
My hat is off to these people
Antigua eh? Hahahaha

I also like the option of removing trailers , adverts and the like. I just put the disk in and it plays the movie, not a bunch of BS.

Originally when DVD's where first produced there was supposed to be no adverts and multiple camera angles. Very few dvd's give you multiple camera angles.
Crock 'o shit.
Jeff
Those forced ads...that is why I ripped all my movies to my hard drives.

As for the low quality of VHS copies, Sony attacks people for ultra-low-quality rips that make a copy of a copy of a copy of a VHS tape look great. Sony only cares about money...if their product does something illegal, they will go into court and make that thing legal...if someone then uses that court ruling in a way that they don't want, they go back to court and get an exception made.
If you rip Blu-Ray disks that are ~ 20 gigs it requires huge amounts of hard drive space to store them and use something like Virtual CloneDrive to view an ISO of the movie. If you also own a stand alone being able to move a disk from the computer to the stand alone is handy.
Good morning
Jeff
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 05 Jun 2011 @ 6:55

Cars, Guitars & Radiation.

145.6.2011 14:36

Adding on to the article..

Quote:
Also compromised all admin details of Sony Pictures(including passwords) along with 75,000 "music codes" and 3.5 million "music coupons".

The worst thing is Sony stored over 1,000,000 passwords of its customers in plaintext, No md5 OR other type of Encryption.
Sources are ArsTechnica, TheHackerNews, PCmagazine, and PCWorld.

156.6.2011 3:01

If only movies cost nothing to make.

And people can't figure out why they get sued by movie companies copying their newest 100 million dollar movie?

I don't agree with everything theRIAA and MPAA do but if I was in the movie business as a worker and didn't get paid I'd be pissed off and funnily enough many workers are in the same boat.

No one wants to work for free and then get paid a decent pay.

166.6.2011 15:00

"Your password will expire in 36 hours, EVERY 36 hours. Click HERE: to change your password"


For employees sooner rather than later I imagine.

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