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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: SonyPictures.com 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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RE: Yep
By TSS on 6/2/2011 9:29:02 PM , Rating: 0
Yes it does. or at the very least it should. It should be considered as "whistle blowing", and the proper kind not the wikileaks kind.

Sony obviously wasn't going to secure their network on their own. The real criminals wouldn't have made it public, they would've sold the info on the black market before anybody even noticed it was gone. For all we know since the hack was so simple, this might already have happened.

If there's anybody deserving to go to jail it is somebody at sony. I don't know who, but somebody there deserves to go to jail over this. Either the IT guy who didn't know or the executive who didn't care. At the same time something tells me this will never happen.


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