Sony Reportedly Hit Again by Hackers

By

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.

Want to learn more about the latest in communications and technology? Then be sure to attend ITEXPO West 2011, taking place Sept. 13-15, 2011, in Austin, Texas. ITEXPO offers an educational program to help corporate decision makers select the right IP-based voice, video, fax and unified communications solutions to improve their operations. It's also where service providers learn how to profitably roll out the services their subscribers are clamoring for – and where resellers can learn about new growth opportunities. To register, click here.


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

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin

TechZone360 Contributor

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Related Articles

8 Tips on Securing Your Smartphone

By: Special Guest    10/17/2019

People spend more and more time on their smartphone nowadays and it's no wonder. You can do some shopping, check your email, and even visit real money…

Read More

How Bitcoin Trading Is Evolving with Technology

By: Special Guest    10/16/2019

Bitcoin was launched as a purely digital currency at the turn of the decade but soon after, physical bitcoins were introduced into the market. While p…

Read More

The Basic Guide to Choosing Patch Management Software

By: Special Guest    10/16/2019

Patch management plays a crucial role in the security of any business enterprise. Insufficient patch management can leave a business system vulnerable…

Read More

Getting Your (Real) Job Done Means Outsmarting Your Email

By: Erik Linask    10/15/2019

Is your email inbox slowing you down and keeping you from getting your work done? It's time to outsmart and take control of your inbox.

Read More

5 Apps to Help Prioritize, Organize and Get Stuff Done at work

By: Special Guest    10/3/2019

For most people, freedom is best utilized with a combination of other things. Researchers have also revealed that people today fancy a busy and overwo…

Read More