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Sony BMG Greece Hacked, User Info Revealed

By - Source: Sophos | B 44 comments

Another day, another Sony hack.

It seems Sony cannot catch a break. On Friday the company faced more bad press when a credit card phishing site was found running on one of its Taiwanese servers. Now, it’s Sony’s Sony BMG music and entertainment arm that is in the crosshairs.

Sony BMG Greece’s website was recently hacked and user information stolen. According to Sophos, an anonymous poster uploaded a user database, including usernames, real names and email addresses of users registered to SonyMusic.gr, to pastebin.com. The hackers responsible are thought to used an automated SQL injection tool to find a flaw.

Information sent to Hacker News from the hacker, named only as b4d_vipera, indicates that the attack took place on May 5. A total of 8385 users are said to be affected by the attack.

Last week Sony CEO Howard Stringer commented that no company’s system is 100 percent secure and the PSN breach was "a hiccup in the road to a network future." However, given the trend of attacks on Sony’s system, it seems the company would do well to prepare itself for more hiccups as the high profile PSN attack seems to have made it a target for hackers.

Sony has yet to comment on this attack specifically, and it has not yet addressed last week’s phishing site incident. 

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    house70 , May 24, 2011 10:54 AM
    bren7473How do they alienate their customer base? and I'm asking seriously not taking a stab.

    ...rootkits...aggressive DRM...disabling features that customers paid for....
    need I continue?
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    WR2 , May 24, 2011 6:57 AM
    Déjà vu all over again?
    You'd think Sony might have had a clue this could happen.
  • 8 Hide
    bin1127 , May 24, 2011 7:03 AM
    WR2Déjà vu all over again?You'd think Sony might have had a clue this could happen.


    it's bad but I don't think Sony could've revamped it's whole global IT security in a few weeks.
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    alidan , May 24, 2011 7:07 AM
    im loling hard...
    this is pathetically sad.
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    mrpijey , May 24, 2011 7:14 AM
    Some "hiccup"...

    But this is what you get when you alienate your customer base.
  • 0 Hide
    bren7473 , May 24, 2011 7:32 AM
    How do they alienate their customer base? and I'm asking seriously not taking a stab.
  • 9 Hide
    AIstudio , May 24, 2011 8:24 AM
    By trying to sue George Hotz
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    Th-z , May 24, 2011 8:40 AM
    The phishing site is discovered in Thailand's Sony website, not Taiwan's.

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    alhanelem , May 24, 2011 8:55 AM
    YOU IDIOTS!!!!!!
  • 3 Hide
    memadmax , May 24, 2011 10:29 AM
    ROFL
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    Rab1d-BDGR , May 24, 2011 10:53 AM
    SQL injection, seriously guys?

    Sony BMG must be cutting costs by hiring amateurs, no wonder they are getting their asses handed to them by script kiddies.
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    house70 , May 24, 2011 10:54 AM
    bren7473How do they alienate their customer base? and I'm asking seriously not taking a stab.

    ...rootkits...aggressive DRM...disabling features that customers paid for....
    need I continue?
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    reggieray , May 24, 2011 11:44 AM
    This is starting to smell fishy, like corporate espionage, not just some hackers.
  • 3 Hide
    ProDigit10 , May 24, 2011 12:03 PM
    That's what you get when you want everything done online!
    Forget cloud serving, forget online MMO's! Back to the days when you can play a game offline without being forced to go online and create an account!
    And add into that multi player!
    The pattern online multiplaying with perhaps an extension to play offline does not work!
    Reverse it does!
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    dcompart , May 24, 2011 12:11 PM
    house70...rootkits...aggressive DRM...disabling features that customers paid for....need I continue?


    No, you need not continue. Your examples don't carry any weight. The population of people who bought a PS3 for Linux (1st model PS3 only) are very small. As far as aggressive DRM goes, why wouldn't they. It's not a PC and was never designed to run pirated games (granted, someone like you would only use the lack of DRM for personal copies of games that you legal bought)

    We can play the "I bought an item and I can use it however I want" game all day, but at the end of the day you?/we bought a PS3, knowingly that there would be restrictions. I'm fine with people hacking consoles, but when it is used for nefarious purposes that affect other gamers and the publishers I have no sympathy.

    Sony, aside from the recent publicity relating to Geohotz and the attacks on PSN, I cannot see how Sony has alienated its fan base. Unlike Xbox Live, PSN is free, sure it could be better, but its FREE! The PSN on the PS3 is leaps and bounds ahead of the PS2 (yeah, I know its obvious), but Sony has only improved it's system. I don't Sony has alienated people, I just think it has failed to attract people in the first place. And with the current publicity it's going to be even harder. Having a Xbox 360, then a PS3 overall seemed to make console gaming more enjoyable.
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    nebun , May 24, 2011 12:15 PM
    this is a good thing...it forces security companies to put out better products...it still sucks if you are on the receiving end
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    dcompart , May 24, 2011 12:15 PM
    dcompartNo, you need not continue. Your examples don't carry any weight. The population of people who bought a PS3 for Linux (1st model PS3 only) are very small. As far as aggressive DRM goes, why wouldn't they. It's not a PC and was never designed to run pirated games (granted, someone like you would only use the lack of DRM for personal copies of games that you legal bought)We can play the "I bought an item and I can use it however I want" game all day, but at the end of the day you?/we bought a PS3, knowingly that there would be restrictions. I'm fine with people hacking consoles, but when it is used for nefarious purposes that affect other gamers and the publishers I have no sympathy.Sony, aside from the recent publicity relating to Geohotz and the attacks on PSN, I cannot see how Sony has alienated its fan base. Unlike Xbox Live, PSN is free, sure it could be better, but its FREE! The PSN on the PS3 is leaps and bounds ahead of the PS2 (yeah, I know its obvious), but Sony has only improved it's system. I don't Sony has alienated people, I just think it has failed to attract people in the first place. And with the current publicity it's going to be even harder. Having a Xbox 360, then a PS3 overall seemed to make console gaming more enjoyable.


    No, you need not continue. Your examples don't carry any weight. The population of people who bought a PS3 for Linux (1st model PS3 only) are very small and did not care to see it leave. As far as aggressive DRM goes, why wouldn't they. It's not a PC and was never designed to run pirated games (granted, someone like you would only use the lack of DRM for personal copies of games that you legal bought)

    We can play the "I bought an item and I can use it however I want" game all day, but at the end of the day you?/we bought a PS3, knowingly that there would be restrictions. I'm fine with people hacking consoles, but when it is used for nefarious purposes that affect other gamers and the publishers I have no sympathy.

    Sony, aside from the recent publicity relating to Geohotz and the attacks on PSN, I cannot see how Sony has alienated its fan base. Unlike Xbox Live, PSN is free, sure it could be better, but its FREE! The PSN on the PS3 is leaps and bounds ahead of the PS2 (yeah, I know its obvious), but Sony has only improved its system. I don't think Sony has alienated people, I just think it has failed to attract people in the first place. And with the current publicity it's going to be even harder. Having a Xbox 360, then a PS3 overall seemed to make console gaming more enjoyable.
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    gorehound , May 24, 2011 12:26 PM
    i feel no sympathy for the poor rootkit makin company.
    boo hoo sony
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    lankystreak , May 24, 2011 12:49 PM
    bren7473How do they alienate their customer base? and I'm asking seriously not taking a stab.


    by arresting the hacker? good on them

    all they are doing is protecting their brand by pursuing the thieves. they ought to brick all the consoles that have been jailbroken too

    :) 
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    Anonymous , May 24, 2011 12:50 PM
    Poor Sony. Wanna visit them here : http://mytechnoisland.blogspot.com/
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    otacon72 , May 24, 2011 1:08 PM
    These aren't the same people who took down Sony initially. The ones who are really good never take credit. They just capitalized on the fact that Sony can't fix their entire world wide IT infrastructure in a few weeks.
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