Sony pictures servers compromised and files stolen.

Sony pictures serves were recently hacked and some files were stolen. Apparently, there was a single folder named “Passwords” and this contained all of the files that were stolen. Apparently a DVDrip of the movie Fury was downloaded as well as countless passwords and other files. 47,000 social security numbers for various Hollywood stars including Sylvester Stallone were also stolen. This is a very serious data security breach and shows that you must take the security of your data much more seriously than Sony apparently do. Some of the that data shared online by the malicious computer users includes a file directory titled “Password,” which includes “139 Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, zip files, and PDFs containing thousands of passwords to Sony Pictures’ internal computers, social media accounts and web service accounts.” Individual file names are “plainly labeled with titles like ‘password list.xls’ or ‘YouTube login passwords.xlsx.’”

Leaked Sony files listing.
Leaked Sony files listing.

Imagine getting ahold of that. You would have an absolute blast. it has been said that this attack originated from North Korea, but this is most likely a user somewhere else using a compromised computer in North Korea to mask their real location. Sony were already embarrassed by the Sony Playstation Network attacks and now this. They will fall in ruins if this keeps up. They have a responsibility to keep user data safe from online users, but why would you store such sensitive data on an internet facing computer? That is an epic fail. The image above shows a good listing of all of the leaked files. This goes to show how comprehensive this was. One of the files included hundreds of clearly labeled Facebook, MySpace, YouTube, and Twitter usernames and passwords for major motion picture social accounts.

I hope this does not happen to anyone else…

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