Hackers hit Sony Pictures France site, grab 177K e-mails

Hackers hit Sony Pictures France site, grab 177K e-mails

Summary: Sony Pictures France is the latest Sony site to suffer at the hands of hackers. This time 177K e-mails were taken. When will it stop?

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Sony Pictures France is the latest Sony Web site to suffer at the hands of hackers. This time two hackers have claimed credit and say they copied more than 177,000 e-mails from the site.

The two hackers are identified as a Lebanese student called "Idahc" and "Auth3ntiq," a friend of his from France. They claim to have exploited a SQL flaw to get the information.

Idahc and Auth3ntic posted information about their feat, along with a sample of the e-mails they took, to the Web site Pastebin.com.

The hackers aren't doing anything new. The same sort of exploit was used to break into SonyPictures.com, Sony Pictures Russion and other Sony-owned sites in recent weeks. In fact, Idahc seems to be on a crusade to teach Sony a lesson about bad security.

In a recent interview on Forbes.com, Idahc said that he's attacking global Sony sites to demonstrate Sony's lax attention to security. "I don't hack for 'lulz' but for moral reasons," he said.

It's the latest in more than a dozen and a half attacks on Sony Web sites since Sony pulled its PlayStation Network offline in April, when the company discovered that as-yet unidentified hackers broke in and stole information about tens of millions of customers. Within days Sony discovered that its Sony Online Entertainment servers, which manage access to online PC games, had been similarly compromised. All told, more than 100 million customers had their names, addresses and other personal information taken.

In the wake of that failure, Sony executives pledged to improve security and to hire a new executive to head up security operations for the company. But hacker aren't slowing down their attacks on the company. What's causing the frequent attacks?

Sony is, of course, a high-profile target, as they've already suffered substantial damages by having to shut down network operations on the PlayStation Network for almost a month.

But there's more to it. Hackers' hackles were raised earlier this year when Sony sought to sue George "Geohot" Hotz, a programmer who tried to restore the PlayStation 3's "OtherOS" capability, which enables it to operate Linux. That's a feature Sony originally supported on the PlayStation 3 but later removed in a firmware update. After that, the hacker collective that calls itself "Anonymous" declared open war on Sony, only backing off after gamers themselves made their displeasure known.

Hackers' displeasure with Sony runs much deeper than that, however. Years after the fact, some harbor resentment about Sony BMG's decision to put rootkit-based DRM software on some of its music CDs back in 2005.

Now hackers are going after Sony with a vengeance. Like sharks detecting blood in the water, they're unlikely to let up any time soon, especially since Sony's chronically lax security makes them an easy target.

Topics: Hardware, Collaboration, Security

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  • RE: Hackers hit Sony Pictures France site, grab 177K e-mails

    Sadly some of these attacks my be in some way to help support Graf_Chokolo Sony's latest target for trying to enable openOS again. His site it http://grafchokolo.com/
    CYMREIG
    • RE: Hackers hit Sony Pictures France site, grab 177K e-mails

      @CYMREIG I hope he has the balls to go to trial unlike that little twat George Hotz...
      snoop0x7b
      • RE: Hackers hit Sony Pictures France site, grab 177K e-mails

        @snoop0x7b He very will is hence why he needs help with legal costs one post he made recently basically said "Out of cash to pay legal fees looks like I'm going to prison" but the amount of donations has increased rapidly in the past few days so he can keep his fight going for now at least
        CYMREIG
  • RE: Hackers hit Sony Pictures France site, grab 177K e-mails

    Who cares, no one likes France anyway.
    Bates_
    • Actually, worldwide polls say that USA is the country not liked -- since it

      @Bates_: occupied the world with soon to be hundred of military bases, secret prisons, executes illegal wars, uses prohibited weapons, installs and breaks regimes which arbitrary labels as "democratic" or "non-democratic".

      Never heard that masses American people actually vote their country to be worlds oppressing bully, so it is sad.
      DDERSSS
  • RE: Hackers hit Sony Pictures France site, grab 177K e-mails

    It is hackers like Idahc that will sadly teach all industries what they need to learn about better security programming. It is hackers like LulzSec that will teach all industries that setting up security programs is not enough, but the future of computer security may end up needing live 24 hour a day monitoring of network traffic. Hackers like these, no matter what sanctions you place against them or how many you arrest, will never cease to exist. War isn't about guns and troops. It's about how well you can protect your information from those that seek to steal it from you.
    LittleWashu
  • RE: Hackers hit Sony Pictures France site, grab 177K e-mails

    How is it that Sony is being hit by SQL injection flaws and NOT being charged with gross negligence. I thought we were past the days where we let uneducated kids write webapps. It's called a prepared statement, use them for the love of God.
    snoop0x7b
    • RE: Hackers hit Sony Pictures France site, grab 177K e-mails

      @snoop0x7b What's absolutely inexcusable is that several Sony sites have been hit by the *same* exploit. Talk about asleep at the wheel.

      - Peter
      flargh
  • It bears repeating...

    Sony sues its customers for breach of DRM, installs rootkits on its customer's PC, and then stores all its customers personal info on poorly secured servers in plain text. What a bunch of arrogant twats Sony is!
    mlashinsky@...