Sony BMG Greece hit by hacker

Database containing about 9,000 user records accessed, posted online; fourth recent attack on Sony sites

For the fourth time in about a month, hackers have broken into a Sony network.

In the latest intrusion, hackers hit the Web site of Sony BMG in Greece and pilfered a database containing the usernames, real names and email addresses of users that registered with the site, according to security firm Sophos.

The stolen data was passed on to Hacker News, which posted a copy of it on pastebin.com, Sophos said.,

Chester Wisniewski, senior security advisor at Sophos today said that the intrusion was enabled by a SQL injection flaw that allowed the intruders to inject malicious code into the Greek Sony BMG site.

According to Wisniewski, the attacker appears to have used an automated SQL injection tool that searched for vulnerabilities in the site

"This looks like it was an old school hacking," Wisniewski said. "It surprised me that Sony missed this one considering how easy it was to find. This was not sophisticated at all."

The breach didn't require strong hacking skills, he added.

The breach was the third into Sony systems in recent days.

Last Thursday, Sony disclosed that an intruder has broken into So-net, an Japanese ISP subsidiary and stole about $1,200 worth of virtual tokens.

The same day, security firm F-Secure announced that it had discovered a phishing site being hosted on a Sony server in Thailand.

Those attacks were far smaller in scope than intrusions last month into Sony's PlayStation Network and Entertainment Online sites that compromised data on almost 100 million account holders.

The April attacks prompted Sony to shut down both networks for several days while its internal security team, as well as consultants from three external security firms worked to fix the problems.

The company restored limited service on both networks about 10 days ago. Sony has yet to fully restore all previously availability functionality.

Jaikumar Vijayan covers data security and privacy issues, financial services security and e-voting for Computerworld. Follow Jaikumar on Twitter at @jaivijayan, or subscribe to Jaikumar's RSS feed . His e-mail address is jvijayan@computerworld.com.

Read more about security in Computerworld's Security Topic Center.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags privacysonysophosf-secure

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jaikumar Vijayan

Computerworld (US)
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?