Sony Music Greece And Japan Sites Hacked, Over 8500 Accounts Were Compromised

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This year has been a pretty terrible one for Sony. With 1 break-in and a detected exploit last week, following many more over the last month, we’d expect nothing to get worse, but it has: another Sony web service got broken into, this time Sony Music Japan, the Japanese music label.

The group calls itself “Lulz Security”, left a message saying their intention was to “embarrass Sony some more”, and it seems that they have managed to. This is the same click that hacked Fox.com earlier this month and published hundreds of usernames and passwords belonging to employees.

Sony was in the news last month when PlayStation Network was haxxed and sensitive information, including usernames, passwords and credit card details were leaked. The services were taken down, only to be hacked again shortly after.

Last week, Sony’s Thailand website, sony.co.th, was used to store a live phishing website targeting customers of a bank in Italy. That came after an exploit was found on some of Sony’s web servers that same week and brought them down until the vulnerability was fixed.

Thankfully, this hack didn’t reveal any sensitive information. Still, it does reveal the poor state of Sony’s online infrastructure, at least as far as security is concerned. Since Sony is such a huge company, it’s often hard to maintain consistency over all properties, but one thing is clearly consistent: a poor security infrastructure.

The company has come out multiple times to defend itself, calling this situation unpredictable and unprecedented (which is bullshit, if your a company that big with that many web services handling millions of peoples sensitive data, you should have your security on lock, period). The company also tried to apologize to its customers by giving away free downloads and Sony Network Subscriptions.

In Sony’s defense, there might be an organized effort to destroy Sony’s reputation since the original attack took place. That’s the story Sony executives are trying to have the public follow, and in some ways it’s plausible. Other websites might have the same or worse exploits, maybe they’re just not being targeted right now. Either way, in 2k11, we deserve better from huge web services companies like Sony Inc.

One thing we can say for sure is that Sony will have quite a hard time cleaning up this PR mess, on top of the $171 million it has already lost . Hopefully the attacks will end now. (Which seems doubtful since this click seems to be on a ownage spree against Sony’s systems).

When are you going to step up and get your security game proper Sony?

James Burr is a seasoned Graphic & Web Designer with a decade of experience. A PR Strategist with a deep understanding of Social & New Media. He is also an avid Gamer who favors FPS Games on PlayStation & PC.

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