Friday, August 01, 2014
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Researchers Discover New Smartphone Flaws
U.S. Government Issues Warning About Malicious Software
Hackers Can Use USB Devices in Attacks
Next Apple TV Release Delayed
CoD: Advanced Warfare Collector's Editions Announced
Lite-On IT Merged With Lite-On
AMD Introduces New Kaveri APUs for System Builders
Toshiba, Samsung Vie For 48-layer 3-D NAND Chips
Active Discussions
help questions structure DVDR
Made video, won't play back easily
Questions durability monitor LCD
Questions fungus CD/DVD Media, Some expert engineer in optical media can help me?
CD, DVD and Blu-ray burning for Android in development
IBM supercharges Power servers with graphics chips
Werner Vogels: four cloud computing trends for 2014
Video editing software.
 Home > News > Games > Sony Sa...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Sony Says 'Anonymous' Group Is Behind Cyber Attack


Sony blamed the well-known Internet vigilante group 'Anonymous' for indirectly allowing a hacker to gain access to personal data of its game users.

Today, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing in Washington, DC on "The Threat of Data Theft to American Consumers."

Kazuo Hirai, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sony Computer Entertainment America, submitted written answers to questions posed by the subcommittee about the large-scale cyber-attack the company has experienced.

In summary, Sony's executive told the subcommittee that in dealing with this cyber attack, his company "acted with care and caution" and provided "relevant information to the public when it has been verified.

Sony also informed the subcommittee that it is working with law enforcement authorities.

Mr. Hirai said that his company 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," Mr. Hirai added.

Anonymous is the name of a grass-roots cyber army that in December launched attacks that temporarily shut down the sites of MasterCard Inc and Visa Inc using simple software tools available for free over the Internet. The group attacked the two credit card companies with "denial of service" attacks that overwhelmed their servers for blocking payments to WikiLeaks.

Sony said that 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, Sony said that it notified its customers of those facts.

Sony also claims that 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.

Mr. Hirai also underined Sony's steps taken to prevent future breaches, including enhanced levels of data protection and encryption; enhanced ability to detect software intrusions, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns; additional firewalls; establishment of a new data center in an undisclosed location with increased security; and the naming of a new Chief Information Security Officer.

Sony also told the subcommittee about its intent to offer complimentary identity theft protection to U.S. account holders and detailed the "Welcome Back" program that includes free downloads, 30 days of free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium subscription service; 30 days of free service for Music Unlimited subscribers; and extending PlayStation Plus and Music Unlimited subscriptions for the number of days services were unavailable.


Previous
Next
Apple Patches Location Database Issue With Latest iOS update        All News        Intel's Tri-Gate Transistors Based on its 22nm Logic Technology Available Later This Year
Sony CEO Apologizes For Data Breach, Details Identity Theft Protection Program     Games News      Nintendo Lowers Wii Price Ahead of E3

Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Sony Reports First Quarter Profit
Sony Settles 2011 PSN Hacking Case
Sony Xperia Z3 Specs Leaked
Sony Invests in Image Sensor Production
Sony Failed To Pay Web Hosting Bills
New Sony Software Upgrade For Xperia T2 Ultra
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet Comes Exclusively On The Verizon Wireless Network
Sony Launches The Xperia C3 For Selfies
Sony Recalls VAIO Flip PC Laptops Due to Fire Hazards
VAIO Computers Return To The Japanese Market
Sony and Vue Entertainment To Offer First live 4K Streamings of FIFA World Cup Matches
Sony Pictures Television To Buy CSC Media Group

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2014 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .