Thursday, May 26, 2011

Third attack on Sony, Greece music site hacked — Sophos security

Finding no respite over the weekend after announcing it had been hacked a second time, Sony found the Greek website of its BMG record label under attack as well.

This is the third attack after the Sony Thailand website was hacked last Friday, May 20, less than a month after the Sony PlayStation Network was hacked.

“In what seems to be a never-ending nightmare it appears that the website of Sony BMG in Greece has been hacked and information dumped. An anonymous poster has uploaded a user database to, including the usernames, real names and email addresses of users registered on," Sophos senior security adviser Chester Wisniewski said in a blog post Monday (Manila time).

He said the data appeared to be incomplete as it claims to include passwords, telephone numbers and other data that are either missing or bogus.

Also, he said the attacker may have used an automated SQL injection tool to find the flaw in the site.

Wisniewski recommended that users of reset their passwords, and expect that any information they entered when creating their account may be in the hands of someone with malicious intent.

“Keep a close eye out for phishing attacks," he added.

What was needed was not a particularly skillful attack but “simply the diligence to comb through Sony website after website until a security flaw is found," according to Sophos.

On the other hand, Wisniewski noted it is nearly impossible to run a totally secure web presence, especially for a firm the size of Sony.

“As long as it is popular within the hacker community to expose Sony’s flaws, we are likely to continue seeing successful attacks against them," he said.

“While it's cruel to kick someone while they’re down, when this is over, Sony may end up being one of the most secure web assets on the net," he added.

Wisniewski said the lesson from the attack is the company to perform thorough penetration tests of its website which, he said, is far less costly than to suffer the loss of trust, fines, disclosure costs and loss of reputation these incidents have resulted in. — MRT/VS, GMA News

Source: GMA News

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