Sony Hacked Again, Loses 1,000,000 Accounts


Sony’s reputation as a computer security pygmy has deepened again, with the latest hack seeing it apparently lose a million user accounts to hackers.

Reportedly, hackers used yet another SQL injection attack to break into the database of, making off with the account details of a million users, including names, addresses, email addresses, and passwords, though mercifully not credit card details.

No confirmation is yet forthcoming from Sony, but the perpetrators have helpfully posted all the data obtained online, something unlikely to endear them to Sony customers.

The group claiming responsibility for this hack has also taken things a step further, having been publicly taunting and threatening Sony via Twitter for some time.

Some of their latest gloating:

“From a single injection, we accessed EVERYTHING. Why do you put such faith in a company that allows itself to become open to these simple attacks?

What’s worse is that every bit of data we took wasn’t encrypted. Sony stored over 1,000,000 passwords of its customers in plain text, which means it’s just a matter of taking it.

This is disgraceful and insecure: they were asking for it.”

Sony has now lost well over 100 million accounts to hackers – certainly an abject lesson in the wisdom of trusting big corporations to safeguard user data.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    16:19 03/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Oh, boy, that's sad... Sony's fucked up these days.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:33 03/06/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Fire their IT department and replace them with competent ones, even if that means having to pay them more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:53 03/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    5 bucks says that every Sony site uses the exact same security - if you can break through one, you can break through the rest. Obviously, there's nothing particularly wrong with it; tons of companies do shit like that.
    They should probably start working on a new one though... like, right now.

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    Comment by toyNN
    05:43 04/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Hackers 6 - Sony 0

    Win - Hackers

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:47 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    But failed attempts aren't being reported.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:56 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Every time the hackers fail, Sony should gain some experience.

    Sony is a international beast, too bad it failed miserably to few geniuses.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Flawless Victory!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:21 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    the sad truth likely is that they gladly hire cheap goofballs and if there are any capable people they arent allowed to do shit because it would cost the brass their bonus money
    and apparently several slaps on each cheek werent enough to change their strategy

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:54 04/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    They should hire Battle Programmer Shirase!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:46 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    that'd show 'em!

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    Comment by konakona
    23:14 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hire the hackers instead xD.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:28 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed on that point. Fire the people doing their security, because they either:

    1. Aren't very good at doing it.
    2. Aren't asking for the proper funds to do it.
    3. Are just lazy in general.

    SQL injection should NOT be able to be done, it's one of the goddamned easiest attacks to mitigate with proper coding!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:04 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    they should just hire the hackers.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Sony could just ban the IT department from playing World of WarCraft while they are on pay time at SONY.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:51 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like how they didnt post when they came back on line, but made a post when they got hacked again. So negative.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:21 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    that's Sankaku for you

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    Comment by Megidola
    23:48 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    One more nail in the coffin...

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    Comment by Imyou
    04:27 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sony's coffin is the size of a stadium however, so it will take a lot more nails than that! They're one of the biggest companies... full stop.
    I thought they'd be in financial trouble after the PSN hack - at least enough to cut back a little in their gaming projects - but apparently not. What's a few billion dollars? Just operating overhead it seems.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:38 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Might as well put a grenade in the coffin.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Sony's coffin has a thousand nails now. Ever since the PS3 released the media has been on their tails with negativity.

    And yet that coffin isn't buried yet.

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    Comment by Lonesnipa
    02:44 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I wanna know how they have anything left to hack considering all the hacking thats been done.

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    Comment by Ota-Kool
    22:06 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Sony should hire Fujimaru Takagi AKA The Falcon the Super Hacker of Bloody Monday!

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    Comment by Rulix
    17:59 03/06/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    At this rate, I would not be surprise if a "hacking sony for dummies" guide appear on the internet

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    Comment by Castian
    15:28 07/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "And for the Trolled of the year....... Sony!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:54 03/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    i have a more pressing issue WTF are the freebies and PSN credit we were promised we'd get when PSN came back on i checked my acct balance is 0.00 atm

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    Comment by Justp94
    23:02 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Are you stupid??? You don't get credit... u get 2 free ps3 games, 2 free psp games... and 30 days free of ps plus... Check the PlayStation Store.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:47 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No such thing was promised. Rumors are not fact.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:09 06/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Erm, there are freebies, you fucking idiot. Check the fucking Welcome Back page on the top of the PSN. Get that? Free games, and there are some freebies up, jesus.


    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not in it's full recovery yet, sony posted saying that the Apology package will handed out when PSN is fully operational for all countries which should be by the end of this(or next) week.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:13 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The apology package was here yesterday. My friend even downloaded wipeout

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:11 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope your credit card gets stolen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:44 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I hope you die in a fire.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:11 03/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    c'mon be nice annons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:00 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I think Il play...

    ...on my Xbox.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:22 03/06/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    You won't play for a very long time once that RROD creeps up

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    17:46 03/06/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    i was already out of a 360 for 4 years because of that stupid shit, like other people said, at least ps3's are cheap now

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    20:43 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm just waiting for that..... like a predator. Grrrr

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    Comment by Kwonnie
    06:08 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    LulzSec claims to have made the hack, which may or may not be complete bullshit this time, though we know they're quite capable of it. But would Sony really be dumb enough to NOT encrypt all the users' information and display them in plaintext on their database AND allow a hole for something as simple as an SQL injection? That sounds a little farfetched, but I don't know; maybe Sony is just full of security-based idiots.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:59 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Since the Navy ports in Hong Kong back in the mid '00s, many brought their xboxs' to shore to get hacked and also installed 100gig HDDs for all those hundreds of rips. Think about it; there's a system that has the Entire game library within!
    ahh~ those where the days~~~~~

    Comment by Anonymous

    you guys are dumb

    he obviously said he's going to play on his XBOX, not the 360 > 3>

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    22:27 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seems we can't win either way. We either worry about RRoD, or all our account details being "shared" with hackers.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:37 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, they aren't from the banning of lead solders. The fact is that lead solders are not any easier nor harder to break than non-lead ones.

    The real problem was that in the first generation XBox 360's, you had people putting them in places where they could not get adequate airflow, therefore they were overheating massively and melting the solder/warping the motherboard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:05 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    RRoD are the product of epa tree huggers, so if you see some twit wearing a "save lady gaia" & "grobal warming is the evil of usa companies". Bitch slap the fuck out of them, since they're the ones one forced all American companies to drop the decades old LEAD filled solders(that Worked!) which connected all your chips within you game systems and used tree hugger friendly EASY to BREAK solder that gave you all those YLoD and RRoDs!
    Go Sinatra and slap them pussies to the floor, because they're not even worthy of a punch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:20 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    OR just never go online, heaven forbid!

    Comment by Anonymous

    the RROD isnt as much of a threat as ppl make it to seem, mine is from the 1st generation, bought like 1-2 months after the launch, still works like a marvel, the only grief i have is that it doesnt support HD

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    Comment by Imyou
    04:30 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    When will people learn that their own single case doesn't overturn massive statistical trends? Never, is my guess...

    You're lucky then. Countless others have treated their machines well, like any other console, and are onto their 5th 360s or worse. My couple-year Elite is still running like new, knock on wood, but I won't kid myself - its untimely failure is pretty much a given. By 2015 it will have suffered an irreparable general failure. I'm just enjoying it while it lasts because apart from hardware failure and subscription fees, it's a great system.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:21 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    My box RRODed and my brother's box RRODed and I know a guy from the office who's box RRODed. Not that often, eh? Like 30% of current PS3 owners are people whose boxes RRODed.

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    Comment by SpideyPHL
    03:52 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, this is bullshit. The first generation xbox had a near 50% failure rate, including mine--I had to trade it in for a new one last year. Meanwhile, my older PS3 still works as well as the day i bought it.

    I'm peeved about the PSN, thing, sure, but I'm more peeved at these hackers for doing it in the first place. Whatever point they *think* they're making about Sony, they're only hurting customers more.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:30 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    True. Many of the RROD's came from people NOT CLEANING THEIR XBOX'S! Seriously, you have to open up the damned thing and clean it about once or twice a year.

    If you are afraid to do it yourself? Have a techie friend do it!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:10 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think I'll play on my PC.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:42 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wish my PC used its hardware to its potential in games.

    Unfortunately, it never will in the parts' lifetimes, IF EVER.

    Damn you, DirectX!
    [shit has to go through DirectX on Windows PCs, on consoles devs have low level hardware access.]

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:14 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    not true at all crysis 2 maxes pc's out consistantly heck even crysis 1 puts most pc's to shame at top resolution

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    Comment by Oyashiro-Chama
    00:35 04/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    numbnuts, xbox 360 uses directx too.

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    Comment by gpturismo
    21:15 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, I would say the same until the may update bricked/RRoD'd both of my 360's. Thanks MS. I think I am going to stick with PC from now on.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:11 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You do know that they will send you a free xbox for the update doing that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:25 03/06/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll play on my trusty DS Phat; it's made of Nintendium.

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