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Friday, June 03, 2011

The Hackers Strike Back (Against Corporations)

Whatever your view of the ethics of hacking, it’s hard to find much sympathy for the large corporations that have recently been the victims of successful hacks. The International Business Times reports on how corporations are now running scared.

Hacker attacks, real and fake claims on who hacked and who didn’t, and to top it all, speculation regarding who is going to be the next target. While distressed corporations that have been victims of these virtual hooligans in recent days struggle to restore order and gain back control over the dwindling shares, people across the world debate on the next likely target.

Hours after PlayStation Network was made available after a shutdown which lasted more than a month, Sony’s security system was reported to be breached by the hacker group LulzSec. The group claimed to have accessed over a million user accounts along with passwords stored in servers. The group, in their supposed attempt to reveal the loopholes in Sony’s security system, has made available the data they dug up online from

Sony’s shares have been steadily going down as unfortunate events kept happening including the disastrous Japan earth quake, back to back security breaches and accusations of covering up the hacking attempt. As the corporate giant was almost looking up from its ruins, with yesterday’s announcement of the PSN restart, the news spread that critical data have been stolen by the LulzSec who were in news for PBS hack attack.

LulzSec, who weren’t happy with the flagship show of PBS, Wikisecrets, which showed WikiLeaks in unfavorable light, hacked the broadcasting service and posted false news of the dead rapper Tupac being alive in New Zealand.

The group is apparently focusing on and issued threatening statements to Sony saying that the new hacking attempt is “beginning of the end” for Sony. The exact plan of the group hasn’t been brought to light yet.

LulzSec tweeted, “Hey @Sony, you know we’re making off with a bunch of your internal stuff right now and you haven’t even noticed? Slow and steady, guys.”

As the Japanese corporation is finding their way in dark, Google announced a phishing attack on June 1st, allegedly carried out by Chinese hackers, which reportedly compromised high profile US accounts belonging to politicians, military persons and activists…

[continues at International Business Times]


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