Sony Contacts FBI Regarding Latest Hacker Breach6 Jun, 2011 By: Chris Tribbey
Sony Pictures confirmed that its website was breached by hackers June 2, and has contacted the FBI to look into the breach.
A group of hackers identifying itself as LulzSec said it had accessed the personal information of more than 1 million users at SonyPictures.com.
“The cybercrime wave that has affected Sony companies and a number of government agencies, businesses and individuals in recent months has hit Sony Pictures as well,” Michael Lynton, chairman and CEO, and Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a joint statement. “Yesterday afternoon a group of criminal hackers known as ‘LulzSec’ claimed to have breached some of our websites.
“We have confirmed that a breach has occurred and have taken action to protect against further intrusion. We also retained a respected team of experts to conduct the forensic analysis of the attack, which is ongoing.”
Sony spent millions upgrading its PlayStation Network, Sony Online Entertainment and Qriocity music services to better protect users’ information, after a mid-April series of hacker attacks compromised the personal information of more than 100 million users. It took Sony Corp. until June 2 to fully resume online service in the United States, Europe and parts of Asia. Sony said the breach had cost it more than $170 million.
Sony also launched a “welcome back” rewards program for PlayStation Network users, offering free games and other content.