Sony Reportedly Hit Again by Hackers

By Ed Silverstein June 07, 2011

Sony has reportedly been once again hit by hackers – with the latest target being a computer network at the company.

The Wall Street Journal reports a group of hackers, who go by the name "LulzSec," claim they hacked Sony for a fifth time. The group allegedly posted network plans and codes from Sony’s developer network and music entertainment group, The Journal said.

LulzSec allegedly “released 54MB of Sony Computer Entertainment Developer Network source code and internal network maps of Sony BMG,” according to a report from Computerworld. LulzSec also posted on Pirate Bay that, "ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: HACK SONY 6 TIMES!...Enjoy this 54MB collection of SVN Sony Developer source code. That's hackers 16, Sony 0. Your move!"

LulzSec last week also published e-mail addresses and passwords of some 50,000 consumers, according to Computerworld.

There were reports that one of those responsible for the recent incident was in FBI custody, and other arrests were likely.

One site identified the arrested hacker as New York resident Robert Cavanaugh, "alias xyz, alias ev0."

But in a statement on Monday, LulzSec said that the reports about the “arrest” were untrue or not connected to their group. Also, ev0 “was never a part of LulzSec or in fact the subcrew. We don't even know who he is.” LulzSec added that its “core team” was "at full strength.”

Sony has been a popular target for hackers since it filed a lawsuit against George Hotz for publishing a program that lets users change PlayStation 3 consoles, The Journal said.

Late last month, Sony was the target of hackers – in Japan and Greece, as well as in Indonesia, TechZone360 said. The attacks were on Sony’s music sites, according to media reports. The attack in Greece led to the leak of user information, such as names and passwords. Hackers may have posted account info of some 8,300 users online, reports GameSpy.

LulzSec has also targeted PBS and an entity affiliated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In a related matter, in April Sony’s videogame network was the victim of denial-of-service hacking by a group called "Anonymous." They apparently targeted Sony in response to the company’s lawsuit against Hotz, The Journal said.

Sony was also targeted by hackers who compromised names, addresses and birth dates of over 100 million users of PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment videogame networks, The Journal adds.

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Ed Silverstein is a TechZone360 contributor. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin

TechZone360 Contributor

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