Reuters are reporting that the servers running the Sony Pictures Entertainment websites have been breached by a group known as LulzSec. The same group have claimed responsibility for past attacks against PBS television and Fox.com. As a result of the breach LulzSec has published the names, birth dates, addresses, emails, phone numbers and passwords of thousands of people who had entered contests promoted by Sony.
“From a single injection, we accessed EVERYTHING,” the hacking group said in a statement. “Why do you put such faith in a company that allows itself to become open to these simple attacks?”
This latest security breach comes on the heels of two separate breaches in April. Sony took down its online PlayStation Network on Wednesday 20th April when it spotted unauthorized access to the network by hackers on the preceding three days (April 17 to April 19, 2011). Sony later confirmed that, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised.
Later, Sony revealed that the breach of its servers was much larger than originally reported. Initially Sony revealed that some 77 million user records where exposed during a breach of the PlayStation Network (PSN), however it then reported that 24.5 million Sony Online Entertainment user records have also been stolen.
Reuters has confirmed the authenticity of the data with several of the contestants who details were published.