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Another day, another SQL injection exploit

Just when Sony appeared to be getting back on the right track with the full restoration of its PlayStation Network, LulzSec struck again hitting Sony right between the eyes. The group once again used an SQL injection tactic to gain access to the Sony Pictures account database.

This time around, LulzSec manage to obtain:   

  • 1 million user accounts (including passwords, email and home addresses, and data of birth)
  • All admin account details and passwords
  • 75,000 music codes
  • 3.5 million music coupons

In addition, there was even opt-in data that was accessible, which gives even more information about Sony's customers and their preferences.

The part that amazes LulzSec (and us for that matter) is that fact that Sony stored all 1 million user passwords in simple plain text files -- no encryption whatsoever was used. "It's just a matter of taking it," stated LulzSec in a press release. "This is disgraceful and insecure: they were asking for it."

The group went on to express its disdain for Sony and its security practices (or lack thereof): 

Our goal here is not to come across as master hackers, hence what we're about to reveal: was owned by a very simple SQL injection, one of the most primitive and common vulnerabilities, as we should all know by now. 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? 

LulzSec has provided evidence of their latest "Sownage" on its site, which can be accessed here.

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By Aihal on 6/2/2011 6:51:54 PM , Rating: 3
It's unbelievable. I have more chances of having my info safe in a freaking small community phpbb based forum than in the servers of a multinational corporation.

SONY really dropped the ball here.

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By someguy123 on 6/2/2011 7:31:32 PM , Rating: 2
Sad thing is that if sony never removed linux support from the ps3 these gaping holes in security would've never been brought to light. Yes, I know linux is just an excuse now to ruin sony's day, but it's what started this whole fiasco.

Who knows how much if this information has been leaked over the past few years and just not waved in the public eye?

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By kerpwnt on 6/3/2011 10:31:29 AM , Rating: 2
I think the thing that really put the bullseye on them was their lawsuit against George Hotz. They attacked a hacker with lawyers and the hacker community responded. Hackers don't have an army of lawyers and lobbyists, so they did what they know how to do.

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