Posts Tagged ‘Sony’

Sony: 0 LulzSec: at least 2

Posted by spaquet on June 8, 2011  |   Comments Off

2011 is Sony’s year! After shutting down the PlayStation Network for a month, being hacked in Japan this time, Sony has temporarily shuttered yet another website following reports it may have suffered an attack by hackers.

The company’s Brazilian Music site was inaccessible for much of Tuesday as website engineers investigated a possible security breach, according to news reports.

On Friday, a group calling itself LulzSec targeted Sony’s movie division in an attack it claimed exposed more than 1 million consumer email addresses and passwords. It claimed the attack on the Sony Pictures website was achieved by exploiting a simple SQL-injection vulnerability, leading to the trove of unencrypted data.

Looks like Sony’s activities should be fully checked…

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the bill please !

Posted by spaquet on May 24, 2011  |   Comments Off

The cost of a criminal intrusion that exposed sensitive data for more than 100 million Sony customers and resulted in a 23-day closure of the PlayStation Network will cost the company at least $171 million.

The estimated cost doesn’t included expenses related to any lawsuits that may be filed in response to the security breach, which was discovered on April 19. The estimate includes expenses of an identity theft prevention program and promotional packages to win back customers, among other things.

But the final cost might be far over since some Sony PlayStation Network services still have not been brought back online, as the PlayStation Store, which remains down, closing a venue that allowed the company to sell downloadable games.

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Hack on Sony-owned ISP…

Posted by spaquet on May 22, 2011  |   Comments Off

2011 is not the year for Sony. After its PlayStation network being hacked, now it’s the turn of its own ISP…

So-Net Entertainment, a Sony subsidiary, was hacked by intruders who made off with about $1,200 worth of virtual points and gained access to 90 email accounts.

The hack took place on Monday and Tuesday and was discovered on Wednesday after customer complaints were reported. There’s no evidence the attackers accessed personal data such as names, addresses, and phone numbers (but as some email account have been accessed it does not seem to be such a true fact…)

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And the winner is…

Posted by spaquet on May 19, 2011  |   Comments Off

Sony!

Just four days after the PlayStation Network reopened, Sony has taken down login and password recovery pages for the service following reports they contained a serious flaw that was actively exploited to hijack user accounts.

The vulnerability, which was first reported by UK-based gaming news site Nyleveia.com, required only that an attacker know the date of birth and email address associated with a targeted user’s account… forcing Sony to disable the login pages in order to prevent attacks.

Following the publication of this hack, Sony issued the following statement:

“We temporarily took down the PSN and Qriocity password reset page. Contrary to some reports, there was no hack involved. In the process of resetting of passwords there was a URL exploit that we have subsequently fixed.”

But this blunder raises new doubts about Sony’s ability to secure the PlayStation Network just as the company is trying to regain the confidence of dubious government officials and its 77 million account holders. Sony took down the service on April 20, following the discovery that core parts of its network had suffered a criminal intrusion that stole names, user names, passwords, birth dates, addresses, and other sensitive details of all its users. Company executives have said they can’t rule out the possibility that credit card data was also taken.

The exploit involved the bypass of a digital token system that Sony used when users reset their PSN password. Attackers could carry out the attack by visiting https://store.playstation.com/accounts/reset/resetPassword.action?token and then, in a separate browser tab, opening a different page on us.playstation.com and following Sony’s reset procedure, which required only the date of birth and email address associated with the account.

The attacker would then return to the original tab and, armed with the browser cookie just issued by Sony’s servers, complete an image verification on the page. The attacker would then proceed to a scree allowing him to change the victim’s password.

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Sony PlayStation Network, the final word ?

Posted by spaquet on May 16, 2011  |   Comments Off

About one month after a serious breach in security occurred, exposing more than 77 million users’ personal details, Sony is gradually setting back to operation its PlayStation Network.

According to Kazuo Hirai, the executive deputy president of Sony Corp, Sony is making data protection a top priority.

Let’s hope this time they will.

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Sony PlayStation Network hack follow up

Posted by spaquet on May 14, 2011  |   Comments Off

Bloomberg News reported that the hackers who breached the security of Sony’s PlayStation network and gained access to sensitive data for 77 million subscribers used Amazon’s web services cloud to launch the attack.

The attackers rented a sever from Amazon’s EC2 service and penetrated the popular network from there, the news outlet said, citing an unnamed person with knowledge of the matter. The hackers supplied fake information to Amazon. to open a valid account (now closed).

Is Amazon cloud a hacker nest ?

German security researcher Thomas Roth earlier this year showed how tapping the EC2 service allowed him to crack Wi-Fi passwords in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the cost of using his own computing gear. For about $1.68, he used special “Cluster GPU Instances” of the Amazon cloud to carry out brute-force cracks that allowed him to access a WPA-PSK protected network in about 20 minutes.

And in late 2009, a ZeuS-based banking trojan used the popular Amazon service as a command and control channel that issued software updates and malicious instructions to PCs that were infected by the malware.

More information can be found here (full Bloomberg article)

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