Sony hacked, again?

Two days ago, hacking group “NullCrew” announced on their twitter that they have hacked into Sony’s owned website sonymobile.com, and that they have gained control of a total of 8 servers operated by Sony. The initial announcement by NullCrew, “Interested in buying database access for one of Sony’s sites? Email me:…“  was quickly followed by a “Sony hacked” message as well as a link to a pastebin showing what the hackers say are a series of usernames and passwords stored in the sonymobile platform.

The information has been relayed by enough trusted people that this does not seem to be a fake (unlike some similar announcement made a few weeks ago), however the reasons behind the hack are quite unclear. Hacking group Nullcrew were involved in several hacking operations related to the arrest of one of the PirateBay’s admins recently, but the Sony hack does not really seem related. Rather, the hackers seemed to imply that this is just some form of punishment because of Sony’s lack of concern for the security of their servers. Quoting:

“Sony, we are dearly dissapointed in your security. This is just one of eight sony servers that we hve control of. Maybe, just maybe considering IP addresses are avaliable. Maybe, just maybe it’s the fact that not even your customers can trust you. Or maybe, just maybe the fact that you can not do anything correct technologically.”

It is not really surprising that Sony is the target of many hackers. Not only, as a global engineering company, are they a “high class” target, they also made lots of enemies a year and a half ago, when they decided to sue George Hotz for his jailbreak of the PS3. That led to them being massively hacked last year, leaking private information about millions of their customers.

What’s surprising, on the other hand, is that they still have heavily vulnerable websites lying around (according to some of NullCrew’s members, the hack was not “that difficult”), despite the bad hack that happened last year. In a way, it seems to be the main reason these hackers went after Sony, to show publicly that this company does not seem to care at all about their customers’ privacy, even after being so dramatically reminded of the importance of securing their systems, last year.

  1. BakaOsaka’s avatar

    It sucks that Sony aparrently never learn.

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    1. rofl’s avatar

      coz Sony consist of 10% geniuses and 90% idiots

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      1. anonymous’s avatar

        Doesn’t that apply to the rest of the world as well?

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  2. cercata’s avatar

    Yeah sony, sue another hacker like geohot, ha ha, that was not a good idea !!!!

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  3. Leroy’s avatar

    I think the hackers could also pm sony, using a Thor email that they have security flaws and give them a deadline before they re “test” the security of their servers.

    Hacking is good in some way, because the security is getting stronger everyday, but hacking in to Sony just to proof their security is sh*t isn’t the right way in my opinion.

    I do hope sony learns from this and that they will be securing their servers even better.

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  4. mohsin’s avatar

    sony have made so many enemies because of shuting down all the old game servers which people loved
    :( i lost a game very special to me

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  5. Jay’s avatar

    They never learn, but yet we still purchase their product
    and trust them with our personal information.

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    1. wololo’s avatar

      And how about you read my article, and realize you are talking of something that happened 3 weeks ago, while we are talking of something that happened yesterday?

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      1. HoshikumaDoji’s avatar

        My bad, I apologize.
        No excuse for that, I need to be more aware.

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    2. Kevin’s avatar

      “by Colin Moriarty AUGUST 15, 2012″
      The content within that link is about the tweet from Anonymous a few weeks ago. This article is about a different incident, caused by different people. I’m not saying this one is legit, but it has nothing to do with the tweet by Anonymous.
      On a side note, I don’t think anon are stupid enough to tweet for bragging rights and that tweet was probably from someone else.

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      1. clicks’s avatar

        Don’t underestimate the raw stupidity and artificially inflated ego of those newfags calling themselves “Anonymous”. Ultimately they’re just a bunch of hipsters jumping on the bandwagon, so even if one went out on his own he’d soon get 100+ morons to follow him easily.

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    3. HoshikumaDoji’s avatar

      I see that now, I apologize for that.
      I need to pay more attention, obviously.

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      1. HoshikumaDoji’s avatar

        Oh shit I’m sorry about that, web browser is messing with me, ended up saying the same thing twice..

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  6. randy is pseudo’s avatar

    I like sony, dont get me wrong, but they are idiots to be honest. They put their customers through a lot of bullshit. High priced systems, lack of support from 3rd parties for vita, gimmicks like touch screen and touch pad on back, sure some cool features, but that doesnt mean you have to price it too high. PS3 is ok but lacks sooo soo much compared to an xbox. all im tryin to say is that sony messed up, and they keep at it. i wish they could change

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    1. Mr. Awsome’s avatar

      Hey, at least the PS3 has free full access to Youtube and an internet browser, on the 360 you have to pay a monthly fee. WTF is up with that?

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      1. gunblade’s avatar

        cuz microsoft dont want to share all dea servers wit the 360..

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    2. yyy’s avatar

      Those reasons you list there have nothing to do with putting consumers through bullshit though. You can for example easily check which games the Vita has before you buy it.

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    3. gunblade’s avatar

      yea da vita should have atleast come wit r2 n l2 trigger to realy be a ps3 portable n crosspver platform

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  7. Jayune’s avatar

    Can these hacker punish Sony without involving the innocent users smh, if they wanna do some real good they should hack and get the psvita source code lol then they would really do Sony some damage.

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  8. M’s avatar

    If this is true, they deserve it for shutting down Studio Liverpool.

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  9. trillerkiller’s avatar

    my Bitdefender is blocking sonymobile
    The page is blocked by Bitdefender Cloud(Antiphishing).

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  10. Jb’s avatar

    Wololo – how come you haven’t posted on yifanlus new vita work? He is currently developing VHBL ported to vita called userland vita loader. He also found a usermode exploit on the vita os. Seems like this should be worthy of the front page.

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    1. Chase’s avatar

      A vita os exploit huh?

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    2. wololo’s avatar

      I have been busy lately and I didn’t want that piece of news to be overshadowed by VHBL. But I’ll try to post about it tomorrow. Yes, this is frontpage-worthy, definitely.

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      1. Jb’s avatar

        Figured as much, cant wait to read it. Hopefully you have some inside info to share :)

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  11. busterg’s avatar

    sony should have never got rid of dual boot on the ps3 for linux.

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  12. Squiggs’s avatar

    Why should the customers get punished for what sony had or had not done?

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    1. matt’s avatar

      We “vote” for Sony by buying from them. It’s the same logic as used for anti-state terrorism; even if individual citizens may have very little actual control of political policies, especially international & war policies, we are still seen as culpable because we allow the policies by our support of the existing system.

      It’s not nice, or particularly moral, but it’s enough justification to make the hackers not feel guilty for stealing your personal info. This is assuming that this isn’t a group that regularly hacks to steal people’s personal info, of course. If they’re willing to steal anyone’s info for personal gain with no guilt, then Sony is simply a more attractive & “bigger” target because lots of the internet hates Sony.

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  13. Niceneasy92’s avatar

    Man, alright, fine. Sony is stupid for still leaving there stuff so insecure, especially after all that’s happened. But for the love of god, if hackers are going to fuck with them, can they please do it without messing with us? That’s MY info that can get fucked with.

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    1. gunblade’s avatar

      well iam sure if they wanted to do anythng serius wit da cutomer info we could all get vita but think they was after more then customer info as to would be da more sense since the ps4 to is coming out soon and it probly makes use of the vita in there was sum primary files dat i no would be fun fo home brewing on the psn

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  14. NinjaKakashi’s avatar

    These hackers are rtarded couldn’t they just help us out like sexy wololo is doing? If they hate sony so much get me a vhbl screen that says fk u sony rather than hurt us:(

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    1. matt’s avatar

      I would assume that hacking into a badly secured server and hardware hacking an electronic device require different skill sets, so there probably isn’t much they could do to help the PS3 or Vita scenes. And Sony obviously cares more about their hardware secrets than customers’ account info, rofl, so I doubt it would be easy to hack into Sony to get proprietary hardware info.

      Also, large companies would totally love if they could find examples of the device hacking scene using actual theft, as then they’d have a much easier time of painting the entire scene as illegal.

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  15. mohsin’s avatar

    sony made enemies because they were too selfish for money they are going downhill now.

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    1. yyy’s avatar

      What do you mean? Which company doesnt excist because of money?

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  16. Wololosupporter’s avatar

    Guys honestly. Anything can be hacked nowadays. Look at the iPhone. Look at the Xbox. Yes Sony is doing a crappy job on the software side but it’s not up to the whole company in which direction they go. It’s up to the higher ups. And these people using Exploits that they find isn’t them showing Sony up. It’s themselves in turn being greedy and using Sony as a scapegoat to get money. I love technology and everything can be broken into given the right resources.

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  17. -X-77’s avatar

    Know a better punishment? Rereleasing unpatched gaming exploits! >;D or even worse for FREE so we all can install hacks on our Sony systems!

    hey, I can dream can’t I.. :D

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    1. gunblade’s avatar

      we should take over da net work n relase pre hack updates

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  18. PsVITAHackbeginner’s avatar

    i mean Ist my IDEA THE SITES ARE NOT REAL!

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  19. zorrodood’s avatar

    what’s the point of showing sony’s customers that sony doesn’t care about anything? i’m still going to use their consoles and buy game for them.

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    1. gunblade’s avatar

      well da hackers dat hit sony dis past time didnt realy mess wit the info they did get on the costumers but woes to say dat if say sum outher hackers hack in to make use of does bank n creadit card numers on a mass scale sony hase about a few millon comtomers half iam gussing use the cards on the psn a lot dats a lot of money sombody can transfer to a swiss bank account good thing dis hackers was jus cheacking sony security

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  20. Leroy’s avatar

    Dear Wololo,

    Why do you keep deleting my post’s?

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  21. Leroy’s avatar

    @ Wololo, the site wasn’t showing the post’s due to bad network, My apologies for the complaint.

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  22. james way’s avatar

    If they were really trying to do some good they would release the usernames and passwords to Sony, via email, not for the whole world. Give THEM proof that you got in, but keep us millions of users unharmed.

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    1. gunblade’s avatar

      yea giving every one admin acces in to sony would be da shits ill make my psn account be able to download free games

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  23. DigiTak’s avatar

    *Reads this and turns on Tor* There. I guess….

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  24. AyeGuy’s avatar

    Makes me like microsoft alittle more…

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  25. Gui’s avatar

    Hackers are such fags.

    Why blame Sony for something they can do to them.

    I mean it’s not hard to rob a bank at gun point. The public wouldn’t be enraged that they bank handed over there money, the bank wouldn’t get the blame for not having ‘bullet proof’ staff. Also the everyone would not be angry once the robber was brought to justice?

    Why is this any different?

    Hackers be hacking through non ‘bullet proof’ servers all the time. It is very difficult and impractical to create a completely bullet proof server. Just as impractical and inefficient as putting bankers in armoured bullet proof suits.

    Yet hackers still remain entitled bastards thinking just because they can they should and thinking Sony or whoever is at fault because they can. If they were any more dedicated or elite they could probably even hack anyone in fact. Not just Sony which they all seem to have a childish vendetta against for having them ruin there fun.

    tl:dr
    Da Faq?

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    1. gunblade’s avatar

      well i think hacking in to sony seems more fun but i have herd of hacks in to outher systems now day n truly a rightchess hack i herd would be more on the google aspect of asia herd they had a good gibsen dea but the us has a ps3 supercomputer werd…

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  26. yyy’s avatar

    Out of curiousity, what proof is there that this is real? I’ve tried to login using a few of those login/passwords on Pastebin, and none of them works.

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    1. wololo’s avatar

      No proof. Just a strong gut feeling because the information has been relayed by a lot of trusted sources, and nobody has denied it yet. The credentials in the pastebin are login/hash, not login/password. You’d need to know the hashing used in order to get the password from that. These look like md5 hashes, so most likely they are very easy to “reverse”.

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      1. yyy’s avatar

        Sorry, my mistake. I thought that the info was password:e-mail, but i see now that it is just username:e-mail.

        If the hases are easy to reverse, why havn’t anyone done it yet? I’m not saying that you’re lying, i’m just wondering if it its very to reverse it, this would also mean that it should be very easy to verify that the hack is real.

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  27. damet’s avatar

    fuck hackers that hack sony i wod t ake gun and shot them all damet dumb ass if u wanna hack make ps3 4.21 CFW fuck ass noob hackers got no life

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  28. ViperMM’s avatar

    Whitehat pussies

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    1. yyy’s avatar

      Whitehat hackers doesnt try to sell the information.

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  29. Yol Morefi’s avatar

    Je suis le seul à trouver le nouveau systeme de téléchargement de la vita pourave ?

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  30. JustAVitaHacker’s avatar

    Whats the fucking point of Hacking a Website? Are you too much of a wussie to do something with youre’ life besides sitting on their mom’s basement watching guy on guy xxx and hacking crap for fun. Hope Microsoft sends Sony a Giftcard and a pack of gum so they can learn their lesson.

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    1. CATPowah’s avatar

      LOLZ. Good one. Sony is just Sony. They never change. Maybe if we wait like for a decade, just maybe, just maybe, they’re gonna change. Hopefully.

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      1. yyy’s avatar

        Sony consist of a lot of different companies/divisions, so i wouldn’t say that Sony is Sony.

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      2. Asdfjuma’s avatar

        “Maybe if we wait like for a decade, just maybe, just maybe, they’re gonna go bankrupt. Hopefully.”

        FTFY.

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  31. svenn’s avatar

    Yeah, but then again with time and knowledge every system is breakable. I don’t blame Sony, generally Its these college hackers that start this shit. If they wanted to hit Sony a file names WE_WHERE_HERE would have been sufficient, and Sony might even hire them.

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  32. Mario’s avatar

    Haha they deserve it next time release more ps1 games lol

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  33. gunblade’s avatar

    so ..nullcrew.. got in to sony psn nice

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  34. NeoTechni’s avatar

    And I hope those jerks go to prison for it.
    That’s not the right way to get a site to improve security.

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