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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 Veerappan on 6/5/2011 10:17:42 PM , Rating: 2
1. Linux compatibility was a feature that the console was advertised as having upon initial sale. Sony removing this feature pissed a lot of people off.

2. If I had a PS3 and my credit card had been leaked as a result, I'd be more pissed at Sony than at the hackers. Safeguarding your customers' private data is vital to maintaining your customers' trust. Sony has failed here. Even if Anonymous hadn't targeted them, someone else would have eventually.

3. And if Sony wants its customers to stay loyal, they should upgrade the security on their network-connected services.

I've been staying away from Sony products since the rootkit fiasco a few years ago, and the more time goes by, the happier I am about that decision.


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