Sony reveals 'Anonymous' file was found on entertainment servers

Sony reveals 'Anonymous' file was found on entertainment servers

Summary: Sony's problems are far from over, but at least PlayStation Network subscribers finally getting some of the in-depth answers they have been waiting for.

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Sony's problems are far from over, but at least PlayStation Network subscribers finally getting some of the in-depth answers they have been waiting for.

In response to a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee meeting about “The Threat of Data Theft to American Consumers," Sony Computer Entertainment America's chairman of the board Kazuo Hirai submitted a statement with the following key points that reveal more details about the cyber attack that brought down PSN:

  • Sony has been the victim of a very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack.
  • We discovered that the intruders had planted a file on one of our Sony Online Entertainment servers named “Anonymous” with the words “We are Legion.”
  • By April 25, forensic teams were able to confirm the scope of the personal data they believed had been taken, and could not rule out whether credit card information had been accessed. On April 26, we notified customers of those facts.
  • As of today, the major credit card companies have not reported any fraudulent transactions that they believe are the direct result of this cyber attack.

Sony has been on the defensive with its customers about the gravity of the situation. It took Sony over a week to inform customers that personal data had been stolen.

The hacker group Anonymous claimed responsibility for an outage earlier in April but later denied having a hand in this latest event. Given Sony's testimony, it would seem that Anonymous was in fact involved this time around. However, Sony has refrained from stating outright that the group is responsible. It also does not cite Anonymous as the direct culprit for the latest security vulnerability in which an additional 24.6 million accounts were exposed. But given the calling card left on the server, it's hard to believe that Anonymous didn't have some part in this.

Sony reps said they have followed a series of guidelines to deal with the long-term outage, namely "Provide relevant information to the public when it has been verified." To be fair to Sony, that's the right call. While Sony should have been a little more open with its customers as to what was going on, it was better not to stir up trouble and upset people without all the facts.

At least some of the PSN services are back online again, such as Music Unlimited, but not everything is back to normal yet. The way things are going for Sony lately, it's likely that the PlayStation Network and Online Entertainment services won't be normal again for a very long time.

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  • RE: Sony reveals 'Anonymous' file was found on entertainment servers

    Please. Ok so whoever broke into the servers left a file named "Anonymous". Of course it may have been the Anonymous hackers, but it just as easily could have been anyone else. "Given Sony?s testimony, it would seem that Anonymous was in fact involved" is a pretty far stretch, isn't it?
    Kip Kniskern
    • RE: Sony reveals 'Anonymous' file was found on entertainment servers

      @Kip Kniskern
      Given the fact that George Hotz and the rest of the losers, were threatening to do it. No.
      Rick_K
      • RE: Sony reveals 'Anonymous' file was found on entertainment servers

        @Rick_K

        George Hotz was NOT threatening to do anything. That is just slander. Mr. Hotz has no connection with Anonymous other than knowing who they are.

        Plus, add to it that Anonymous have NEVER been unwilling to say that they did an attack in the past, and you have reasonable doubt there.
        Lerianis10
    • RE: Sony reveals 'Anonymous' file was found on entertainment servers

      @Kip Kniskern Certainly is based on Sony's behavior in things like the Root Kit.
      mrlinux
      • RE: Sony reveals 'Anonymous' file was found on entertainment servers

        @mrlinux Speaking of data security, why isn't Sony being punished for their rootkit?
        Champ_Kind
  • Yeah, we didnt do it..... And this was coincidence???

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DF410h4SguM

    They said to prepare for the biggest attack. and we saw it.
    Nick119
    • RE: Sony reveals 'Anonymous' file was found on entertainment servers

      @Nick119
      Even more of these people talking about their ?Project Sony? harassment campaign.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Tm7UKo4IBc&NR=1
      Rick_K
    • RE: Sony reveals 'Anonymous' file was found on entertainment servers

      @Nick119

      No, we didn't. If they had done this, they would be crowing about it. That is the nature of Anonymous.
      Lerianis10
  • RE: Sony reveals 'Anonymous' file was found on entertainment servers

    Maybe this all started because someone inserted a Sony Music CD into one of their computers and it installed Sony's DRM software on their server.
    LDMartin1959
  • RE: Sony reveals 'Anonymous' file was found on entertainment servers

    It's a pretty far jump from DoS attacks to stealing customer personal and financial information. Seems premature to indict a group because of a file name. I saw a copy of a check someone had written against my checking account once that had been signed "John Smith". I suspect that was not the culprit's real name.
    tkejlboom
  • hmn.

    this is very upsetting
    Sony is awsome
    i hope things work out
    lokinash
    • RE: Sony reveals 'Anonymous' file was found on entertainment servers

      @lokinash Sony Electronics, maybe, but Sony Entertainment (Playstation, Music, and Video) sucks. I'd rather get a 360 than a PS3 now, thanks to their failures as a company. And count me out of any group considering using Sony's Qrousity service.
      Champ_Kind