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PlayStation Network Is Not Safe Till Now

by Absar Abdul Rahman - on Jun 4th 2011 - No Comments

Don’t know, what kinda hackers have sticked up to Sony’s PSN. Now again we have heard a bad news from an expert named Gregory Evans is a an online security expert, author of some books plus  a hacker who hacked several site’s including AT&T, Sprint and WorldCom.

He stayed in jail for some time, and was released after giving $10 million to the US government.

Industry Gamers, held him up for an Interview… in which they arose a question of PSN

IG: Sony has said they implemented new security. Do you believe PlayStation Network and Qriocity are hacker-proof now?

No. And it’s not just Sony gamers that are at risk. It’s anyone who has any online gaming console like Xbox or Wii. Nothing’s 100 percent secure. Even if Sony had never been hacked, when anybody goes online to do anything, play games, search the Internet… you’re always taking a risk that somebody might get your information. When you’re connected to your Wi-Fi and you’re playing online games it’s opening up hundreds of ports. Each one of those ports is like a door that a hacker can use to bypass your firewall and get into your computer. In the gaming community, most people don’t even know this is happening. They just think I’m going online to play games and everything’s fine. They may not think about security because they have a firewall on their Linksys or DLink router that they bought at Radio Shack for $30 or $40. Well, if it was that easy then Sony shouldn’t have been hacked. They should have gone over to Radio Shack and grabbed a $40 DLink router and everything would be fine.

So what do you think ?? It’s really a big loss for Sony further more for the users. Okay, below is the full catch up of the ex-hacker Gregory Evans (An interesting interview)

IG: What’s your background as a hacker?

I started hacking when I was 12 years old back in the ‘80s. I got caught the first time when I was in the 10th grade by AT&T and my parents had to pay back $30,000. Then over the years I became a hacker for hire for big corporations through someone who I called my agent, who was an attorney. I started hitting companies for about a million dollars a week. I got caught in 1997 and plead guilty in 1998. I settled with the U.S. government for over $9.8 million and spent 24 months in a federal prison for hacking AT&T, MCI, Sprint, and WorldCom. Now, I spend my time running several companies and help companies and people secure themselves against hackers. We make products like LocatePC and LocateMac, so that if there’s a computer that’s stolen, you can retrieve it from anywhere in the world. We also have online programs to see if your computer or network is hacker proof called amihackerproof.com.

IG: What are your thoughts on what has happened with Sony’s PlayStation Network?

Well, Sony has about 100 million customers out when they got hacked, they’re out there at the forefront of the news, but big corporations get hacked every single day. Only 17 percent of companies whose computers were hacked report them to law enforcement due to fear of negative publicity. Ninety percent of Fortune 500 networks have been hacked.

IG: Sony has said they implemented new security. Do you believe PlayStation Network and Qriocity are hacker-proof now?

No. And it’s not just Sony gamers that are at risk. It’s anyone who has any online gaming console like Xbox or Wii. Nothing’s 100 percent secure. Even if Sony had never been hacked, when anybody goes online to do anything, play games, search the Internet… you’re always taking a risk that somebody might get your information. When you’re connected to your Wi-Fi and you’re playing online games it’s opening up hundreds of ports. Each one of those ports is like a door that a hacker can use to bypass your firewall and get into your computer. In the gaming community, most people don’t even know this is happening. They just think I’m going online to play games and everything’s fine. They may not think about security because they have a firewall on their Linksys or DLink router that they bought at Radio Shack for $30 or $40. Well, if it was that easy then Sony shouldn’t have been hacked. They should have gone over to Radio Shack and grabbed a $40 DLink router and everything would be fine.

IG: What are the challenges when it comes to security for a big company like Sony?

The main problem, and one that never seems to be fixed, can be explained in video game terms. IT managers are like the infantry. It really doesn’t take much skill to became an IT manager. There’s no association that says you’re a certified IT manager. But there are associations out there that say you’re a certified computer hacker. IT managers, for the most part, are just book-smart people who went out and read a book and passed the test. Well, these people who hacked into Sony probably never even went to high school. Some of them probably don’t even speak English — some of the best hackers in the world are coming from China. So if IT managers are like infantry, computer hackers are like Navy SEALs. When we went in to get Bin Laden we didn’t send in the infantry. We sent out the best in the world – the SEALs. But who’s protecting Sony’s network? IT managers. The PS Store has finally returned… but will customer info be safe?

IG: Sony has said they’re working with outside security companies to secure PlayStation Network. What are your thoughts on that?

Most big corporations have what’s called an annual security audit and they go out and hire outside security companies. But they’re nothing but a bunch of IT managers who went out and got a bunch of certifications and now they come in to see if your system is truly hacker proof. These IT managers who take the test to become a certified computer hacker or a CISSP (Certified Information System Security Professional) have to work in a lab and hack into a system that’s in a controlled environment. The problem is that a true computer hacker will hack into a system where the other person doesn’t know that they’re being hacked into. It’s not a controlled environment. So why isn’t Sony hiring hackers to see if their system is hacker proof? People who wonder why Sony has been hacked multiple times; it’s because they’re relying on the wrong people to secure their system.

IG: So can gamers expect more hacks in the future?

Yes. The problem remains that Sony and most big corporations have IT managers designing their networks and security. Even if these guys have a Master’s Degree or PhD from a school like MIT, that doesn’t make them a true security expert. It’s scary and these attacks will continue to happen.

Though the security Sony provides to its user is also not enough and is not of high level. Any one can breach into the security and Hack their data. Sony doesn’t love its users.

Atlast PlayStation Network Get’s Alive, Sony Says “Welcome Back”

by Absar Abdul Rahman - on Jun 4th 2011 - No Comments

“Welcome Back” by Sony to all the PlayStation Network users, by this you will be able to download free games, movie rentals and much more. First of all what is “Welcome Back”, it allows you to download two games for each PS3 and PSP while these games are not that much elaborating. Below is the official Q/A to Sony about “Welcome Back”

Q: What’s in the Welcome Back Program?
A: To start, all PSN members who had signed up before the outage (April 20, 2011) will be able to select two games for the PS3 and two games for the PSP systems.

For PS3 owners, go to the ‘Welcome Back’ section in the PlayStation Store, and select 2 titles from the following list:

  • Dead Nation
  • inFAMOUS
  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Super Stardust HD
  • Wipeout HD + Fury

For PSP owners, go to the ‘Welcome Back’ section of PlayStation Store on your PSP system and select 2 titles from the following list:

  • LittleBigPlanet (PSP)
  • ModNation Racers
  • Pursuit Force
  • Killzone Liberation

The people who have subscribed to PlayStation Plus Fashion will get more than 30 days to play free games of PlayStation Plus. Sony claims

Current Plus subscribers receive an extra 60 days added to their existing subscription at no charge. For current Plus subscribers, no action is needed as the 60 days are automatically added to your subscription.

While about the movies

We’re so excited to welcome you back to PlayStation Network. With the PlayStation Store back online, we’ve been getting all caught up this week, having launched an abundance of amazing content for download on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable devices across games, movies, themes and DLC. Today, we’re excited to launch the Welcome Back program to thank you for your loyalty, and below, we’ve got what you need in order to get access to the included content.

So that’s all and now it’s time to enjoy isn’t ??

Sony Pictures Hacked With Over 1 Million Accounts

by Daudi - on Jun 3rd 2011 - No Comments

Sony gets PWNED once again by Hackers. This time their sonypictures gets compromised and over 1 million of user data gets stolen.

The team of hackers is named as LULZSEC (Laughing at your security since 2011).



 
  
 

 
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Greetings folks. We’re LulzSec, and welcome to Sownage. Enclosed you will find various collections of data stolen from internal Sony networks and websites, all of which we accessed easily and without the need for outside support or money.

The group of Hacker claim that :

We recently broke into SonyPictures.com and compromised over 1,000,000 users’ personal information, including passwords, email addresses, home addresses, dates of birth, and all Sony opt-in data associated with their accounts. Among other things, we also compromised all admin details of Sony Pictures (including passwords) along with 75,000 “music codes” and 3.5 million “music coupons”.

The LULZSEC hacked the database with a single SQL injection Tool.

Our goal here is not to come across as master hackers, hence what we’re about to reveal: SonyPictures.com was owned by a very simple SQL injection, one of the most primitive and common vulnerabilities, as we should all know by now. From a single injection, we accessed EVERYTHING. Why do you put such faith in a company that allows itself to become open to these simple attacks?

Looks like Sony didn’t learned the lesson after the first Attack on it on the PSN Network. Lets hope Sony wakes up soon and provide its user with the best security online.


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Sony Pictures Entertainment has released the following statement from EVP of Global Communication:

Jim Kennedy: ”We are looking into these claims.”

This all is happening to Sony because they filed a lawsuit against GeoHot for PWNING PS3. If Sony says sorry to GeoHot, the attacks might Stop.

Greetings folks. We’re LulzSec, and welcome to Sownage. Enclosed you will

find various collections of data stolen from internal Sony networks and websites,

all of which we accessed easily and without the need for outside support or money.

We recently broke into SonyPictures.com and compromised over 1,000,000 users’

personal information, including passwords, email addresses, home addresses,

dates of birth, and all Sony opt-in data associated with their accounts.

Among other things, we also compromised all admin details of Sony Pictures

(including passwords) along with 75,000 “music codes” and 3.5 million “music coupons”.

Due to a lack of resource on our part (The Lulz Boat needs additional funding!)

we were unable to fully copy all of this information, however we have samples

for you in our files to prove its authenticity. In theory we could have taken

every last bit of information, but it would have taken several more weeks.

Our goal here is not to come across as master hackers, hence what we’re about

to reveal: SonyPictures.com was owned by a very simple SQL injection, one of

the most primitive and common vulnerabilities, as we should all know by now.

From a single injection, we accessed EVERYTHING. Why do you put such faith in

a company that allows itself to become open to these simple attacks?

What’s worse is that every bit of data we took wasn’t encrypted. Sony stored

over 1,000,000 passwords of its customers in plaintext, which means it’s just

a matter of taking it. This is disgraceful and insecure: they were asking for it.

This is an embarrassment to Sony; the SQLi link is provided in our file contents,

and we invite anyone with the balls to check for themselves that what we say

is true. You may even want to plunder those 3.5 million coupons while you can.

Included in our collection are databases from Sony BMG Belgium & Netherlands.

These also contain varied assortments of Sony user and staffer information.

Follow our sexy asses on twitter to hear about our upcoming website. Ciao! ^_^

Sony Promises PlayStation Store and PlayStation Network Services Will be Restore (again)

by Absar Abdul Rahman - on May 31st 2011 - No Comments

All the services related to PS3 will be unlocked out of Japan as Sony claimed at the start of the week, and every thing came out to be fine… First hit the press release.

SONY AND SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCE FULL RESTORATION OF PLAYSTATION®NETWORK SERVICES

Tokyo, May 31, 2011 – Sony Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) announced today that Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI, the company) will fully restore all PlayStation®Network services in the Americas, Europe/PAL territories and Asia, excluding Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea by the end of this week. The company will also resume Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity™ for PlayStation®3 (PS3®), PSP® (PlayStation®Portable), VAIO and other PCs. Details for Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea as well as the remaining services on Qriocity will be announced as they become available.

The company implemented considerable security enhancements to the network infrastructure, as well as conducted testing of the payment process and commerce functions. The first phase of PlayStation Network and Qriocity restoration began on May 15 in the Americas and Europe/PAL territories, followed by Japan and Asian countries and regions on May 28, when the company brought partial services back online. With this partial restoration users were able to access to some of the services such as online game play, account management, friend lists and chat functionality were restored. The full restoration of PlayStation Network as well as part of services to become available on Qriocity will include:

• Full functionality on PlayStation®Store
• In-game commerce
• Ability to redeem vouchers and codes
• Full functionality on Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3, PSP, VAIO and
other PCs
• Full functionality on Media Go

Customers will be able to purchase and download games and video content from the PlayStation®Store on PS3 or PSP. In addition, consumers will have full access to Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity through PS3, PSP, VAIO and other PC’s. Service restoration of Video on Demand powered by Qriocity™ and Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for a variety of network-enabled Sony devices will be announced later.

“We have been conducting additional testing and further security verification of our commerce functions in order to bring the PlayStation Network completely back online so that our fans can again enjoy the first class entertainment experience they have come to love,” said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation. “We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time.”

The company will be offering customers a “Welcome Back” package of services and premium content to all registered PlayStation Network* and Qriocity account services. The details of this program will continue to be detailed regionally.

* Only available for those countries with access to PlayStation®Store.

We will update the PlayStation Blog when the PlayStation Store is once again open for business.

Kazuo Hirai, Sony’s Executive Deputy President said:

We have been conducting additional testing and further security verification of our commerce functions in order to bring the PlayStation Network completely back online so that our fans can again enjoy the first class entertainment experience they have come to love, We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time.

Sony nowadays are relating FBI to get the people who disturbed there relations with customers as Sony has been really under pressure since  the attacks, hacks which exposed the data of reaching up to 100 million customer’s.

BREAKING: PlayStation Network (PSN) Got Hacked Again

by Daudi - on May 18th 2011 - No Comments

Few weeks back Sony PSN was revived from the hackers. When the system was back online, So Sony told to change the Password of the PSN to it’s users.

After a day or two Japan government told Sony to take down their PSN and assure them that it is safe for users to use. Sony might didn’t listened to the Japan Government and again went into the PSN Breach.  The exploit allows people to change users’ password via the PSN password reset page using only a PSN account email and date of birth – both of which were obtained by hackers in the original breach.

“Unfortunately this also means that those who are still trying to change their password via Playstation.com or Qriocity.com will be unable to do so for the time being,”  a Sony statement confirmed.

The main problem is the hackers got the all the details of the PSN User who signed up before the Hack. The person who knows all the details, including your Date of Birth, Email ID, also know about your other stuff also.

Well people who got their PSN ID working can still go online and view the trophies and friends. But it is safe that now to go online until further confirmation.

via [engadget]

Change Your PSN Password [How To Guide]

by Daudi - on May 16th 2011 - 5 Comments

Today the PSN was restored Finally and Sony said they will give some gift tot he PSN Users. What they will gift to the PSN users still remains a very big Question.

When people got their accounts back they now need to change their PSN and password because the Hackers might have got their Old passwords. So the method below is stated on the PlayStation Web which is currently down due to over load and some people might have access to it.

Some how we got the access to it and thought to share the information with you on how to change your PSN Password.

Steps to Follow:

Step#1:

Select [Sign In] under PlayStation®Network on the XMB (XrossMediaBar) Menu.  Now Enter your sign-in ID (email address) and password, and then select [Sign In].

Enter the current sign-in ID (email address) and password for your PlayStation Network account, and ensure that you can receive messages at this email address.

Step#2:

Select [OK] from the screen that prompts you to change your password. Now a  screen for entering a new password is displayed.


Ste#3:

Follow the on-screen instructions to change your password.

After you have changed your password, you will be able to sign in to PlayStation Network.

  • If the screen for entering a new password is not displayed after step 3, your PlayStation 3 system has never been activated on PlayStation Network using your account. In this case, an email message will be sent to your registered email address. Follow the instructions in the email message to access a website and change your password.

In case you have forgotten the password of your PSN, so you can recover it by this method:

Step#1:

Select [Sign In] under PlayStation®Network on the XMB (XrossMediaBar) Menu. Now Select [Forgot your password?] on the sign-in screen.

Step#2:

Enter your sign-in ID (email address) and your date of birth, and then select [Continue].

Step#3:

Check that your email address is correct, and then select [Confirm].

Once done an E-Mail will be sent to you with your New Password for PSN. Then you can login your PSN and enjoy the Online Gaming.