by Asbed P
Many companies use SQL Databases to store company and customer information. Sometimes these databases are not very well protected. In Sony’s case, their databases were left open to a group of hackers known as LulzSec. These loosely knit group of hackers like to create chaos and mischief for their own entertainment and not necessarily for profit. On Thursday, September 22, 2011, a hacker named “Recursion” from the group LulzSec was tracked down and caught by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He attacked the database by using a technique also known as SQL injection that allowed him full access into Sony Pictures systems. From there he was able to post massive amounts of data online as part of LulzSec’s data dumps which included email addresses and passwords of Sony customers. The student from Phoenix, used an online proxy service and a hard drive cleaner to cover his tracks but that was not enough. He could spend the next 15 years in prison if he is found guilty.
What this student, AKA “kid,” thought would be a cool and fun thing to do was nothing more than just a stupid act of acting out. He thought it would be funny to join a group of “hackers” online and post innocent peoples information on the net and cause millions of dollars of damage to both the company and its customers. I do not agree with anything that he did and I believe it was a giant waste of his abilities. If he is a college student and knows his way around SQL and manipulating databases, he is most probably in school for CIS or CS and just wasted the next 15 years of his life and can say goodbye to his career path. We as intelligent computer users need to put our skills to good use and stay away from groups like LulzSec and never stoop to a level that low.
McMillan, R. (2011, September 22). Alleged LulzSec Sony Hacker Arrested. Retrieved October 2, 2011, from http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/240448/alleged_lulzsec_sony_hacker_arrested.html