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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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By geddarkstorm on 6/3/2011 5:22:53 PM , Rating: 2
There's a difference between things being impossible to hack proof and someone making it through your best defenses with some clever tricks; and simply NOT HAVING DEFENSES.

There WAS no security to speak of, that's the point. Here we consumers are, being forced to give out private information so we can use the company's resources, and that company is doing nothing to safe guard this information which could be used to compromise other more important accounts. This is gross negligence. How easy would it be for another amoral company, or country, to steal this information quietly and use it for their gain, without anyone noticing? Lulz announced it on purpose, to get Sony to actually protect its stuff.

Heck, you can encrypt files on your home computer with three or four simple clicks under Windows 7. Sony has no excuse of any sort to leave such important personal data in plain text.


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