A Costly Lesson for Sony{3}


by George A
The article in summation states that one of the hackers of the group LulzSec has been detained by authorities named. Cody Kretsinger. He is being detained due to his connection with the security breach on Sony Pictures Entertainment. LulzSec managed to obtain thousands of emails, phone numbers, passwords, birth dates, addresses and names. This information was later packaged into a single file and made available to the public. They attempted to protect themselves via proxy servers and by deleting their hard drives. The members used an attack called a “SQL Injection” which is a common way for hackers to obtain information. 23 year old Kretsinger is facing a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.

I find the whole Sony security breach debacle interesting since the string of events first began in the Spring. Sony has failed considerably in evaluating the importance of securing customer information. This is a wakeup call for all major corporations. One has to ask if Sony thought they were actually a target for people like this. I think Sony found these many attacks on their different branches surprising to say the least. What was the motive of these hackers in the end? I think they lacked the foresight of their actions and that is unfortunate for them because many of them have been caught and will most likely go to prison for a while.

Clearly anyone with corporation with valuable information needs to rethink the security of their information. It had been very costly for Sony is delaying with the attacks by LulzSec. They shut down the PlayStation Network for a month last Spring after the first attack from LulzSec. This was a whole month of lost revenue for the PlayStation Store and also their customers could not access online play. This inevitably resulted in people switching to Microsoft’s Xbox 360 as a substitute.

(2011, September  23rd.) FBI Arrests Alleged LulzSec Member in Sony Breach. International Business Times.

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