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“This is the Beginning of the End for Sony,” Says Hacker Group

In Technology on May 31, 2011 at 3:45 am

 

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Since suffering an attack on the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services — leading to users’ data being leaked and PSN being taken down for several weeks — Sony has been targeted by hackers several more times. Just recently, more than $1,000 in virtual points were stolen when Sony’s ISP was broken into and a phishing sitewas discovered on Sony’s servers. The attacks on Sony don’t appear to be done, either.Over the weekend, PBS’ website was hacked and a story was posted claiming rapper Tupac is still alive. It was apparently perpetrated by LulzSec, the same group that took responsibility for anattack on Sony BMG’s Japanese website a little more than a week ago. It hasn’t said it was responsible for the attack on PSN.

That same group said on Twitter this past Friday, “We’re working on another Sony operation. We’ve condensed all our excited tweets into this one: this is the beginning of the end for Sony.” A follow-uptweet yesterday said, “#Sownage (Sony + Ownage) Phase 1 will begin within the next day. We may have a pre-game show for you folks though. Stay tuned.” As of this writing, no further updates related to Sony have been posted.

The wave of attacks on Sony is believed to be in response to Sony’s treatment of hacker George “GeoHot” Hotz, who was responsible in part for the PlayStation 3‘s root key being discovered. Not only did Sony sue Hotz, it tried to have the case tried in California, rather than New Jersey, and some believed it was using unfair tactics intended to balloon his legal fees. The two sides have since settled the case.

Microsoft, by contrast, recently announced it would work with a 14-year-old Irish boy responsible forphishing attempts on Xbox Live. Microsoft GM Paul Rellis said during a keynote it would work with him to “develop his talent for legitimate purposes.” That move might very well have been made in light of what Sony’s gone through.

There’s no indication at this point that any further attacks on Sony — assuming they do indeed take place — would target the PlayStation Network. But it’s a worrying thought after millions of users had their personal information stolen just over a month ago, complimentary identity theft protection or not.

Source: Forbes

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