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Sony claims LulzSec are liars and greatly exaggerated the number of records taken in a recent intrusion.  (Source: LulzSec)

A Sony Pictures Entertainment spokesperson claims only 38,000 records were lost.  (Source: LA Recording School)
Company says 38,000 users' data was lost, not 1 million

Sony Corp. (TYO:9684) issued a statement to DailyTech Thursday, in the wake of attacks that have compromised many of its web properties [1][2][3][4][5][6].

[A] Sony Pictures Entertainment spokeswoman [name redacted] writes us:
I am from Sony Pictures and saw your piece this morning on the attacks Sony has been under.  I wanted to point out that the 1 million number you refer to in relation to an attack was announced June 2 by LulzSec, however, the actual number is less than 38,000.  There is a notice on our web site: (click on the red banner)
The company's claims stand in direct contradiction with LulzSec's ("Lulz Security") claim:

We recently broke into and compromised over 1,000,000 users' personal information, including passwords, email addresses, home addresses,
dates of birth, and all Sony opt-in data associated with their accounts. Among other things, we also compromised all admin details of Sony Pictures (including passwords) along with 75,000 "music codes" and 3.5 million "music coupons".

The decision to claim LulzSec was lying seems a gutsy one on Sony's part.  Hopefully it doesn't backfire on them.

In related news, LulzSec published a heavily redacted email sent to Britain's National Health Service (NHS) warning them of security vulnerabilities that allowed the group to gain administrative passwords.  LulzSec praised the group's work, writing:

In celebration of little girls getting bigger bones, we're now emailing NHS and informing them of those admin passwords we took months ago.

Because if we fucked over those that give health, people would literally die laughing at our antics. Poor lungs = poor lulz, people.

In the email LulzSec writes, "While you aren't considered an enemy - your work is of course brilliant - we did stumble upon several of your admin passwords."

A spokesperson for the NHS told the BBC, "This is a local issue affecting a very small number of website administrators. No patient information has been compromised. No national NHS information systems have been affected. The Department has issued guidance to the local NHS about how to protect and secure all their information assets."

LulzSec, like the 4Chan-affiliated hacker group Anonymous, is loosely organized.  However the membership of the group is thought to be much smaller and more elite than anonymous.  Despite the fact that no-one is "in charge" the group managed to issue regular press releases.  The group sometimes doesn't publish the results of its findings, if it appreciates the compromised organization.  In other cases, like hacks on PBS and 2600 it has shown itself to remorseless at times.

Updated: June 9, 2011 5:17 p.m.

LulzSec graciously responded to these claims via Twitter:

"Sony Says LulzSec Lied About Number of Records Lost" - we didn't say we stole 1 million, we said we compromised 1 million. Silly @Sony :3 = ~1,000,000 total users split into various tables of ~200,000 (x2) ~300,000 (x1) ~75,000 (x2) and ~125,000 (x1)

@Sony tell everyone about how many users are in that SonyPictures database; users we accessed does not equal users YOU didn't protect. :D

(By the way, where's the link love, LulzSec?)

Well, looks like a difference of opinion -- or perhaps semantics is at play here.

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Won't Sony ever learn?
By HoosierEngineer5 on 6/9/2011 6:46:21 PM , Rating: 2
Back around 30 years ago, I swore off Sony (they intentionally designed their electronics to have an abbreviated life span). Since then, with their rootkits, refusal to support advertized features, and apparent disdain for their customer base, I am glad not to be part of the Sony Baloney all these years. They should be tucking their tales between their legs, apologize, and seriously considering a better business model.

Busting into their database is inappropriate and can only cause more difficulties for the rest of us, but I can't seem to shed a tear for Sony. Maybe makes up for the junk they sold me.

Of course, there is always the next generation to exploit.

RE: Won't Sony ever learn?
By BZDTemp on 6/10/2011 3:30:35 AM , Rating: 2
Back around 30 years ago, I swore off Sony (they intentionally designed their electronics to have an abbreviated life span).

You're my hero. It's amazing to find someone with such foresight and understanding of what is going on in the world. Please do enlighten us on how Sony designed the short life span into their products. Oh, and let us know if some other company is perhaps making their cassette players to last the test of time.

RE: Won't Sony ever learn?
By HoosierEngineer5 on 6/10/2011 2:32:17 PM , Rating: 2
I don't expect you to understand or believe this, but is is possible to predict with fair certainty (over a large population) what the mean time between failure of certain devices is. In order to design a reliable product, is important to derate the components used. In one particular device I disassembled, this was not done. Additionally, some composition resistors actaully CRACKED due to thermal cycling (they appeared also to be operated above their recommended rating). They were poorly designed, either accidentally or intentionally. Either is worth avoiding.

Based on the number of Sony devices I had at the time, the chances of this many random failures was very low.

If you believe Sony has the consumer's best intention at heart in lieu of extracting as much money as possible, please continue to purchase their products. It will please them greatly.

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