Whoever is the head of global data security for Sony hasn’t had a good year. In the wake of the well covered PlayStation breaches and the subsequent class action lawsuit, now it seems as if hackers have decided to break into Sony Pictures’ website. The hackers, who call themselves LulzSec, have proven through their acts that they’re smarter than whoever designed Sony’s online security systems.
It looks like this latest breach into Sony has lead to over 1 million accounts being compromised. And, once again, this means consumers who use the Sony Pictures website have to be concerned about their data being used and abused by someone else. In fact, the hacker group even announced their accomplishments on Twitter; “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.”
Maybe someone at Sony should think about hiring LulzSec to run their data security efforts.
John Ulzheimer is the President of Consumer Education at SmartCredit.com, the credit blogger for Mint.com, and a Contributor for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. He is an expert on credit reporting, credit scoring and identity theft. Formerly of FICO, Equifax and Credit.com, John is the only recognized credit expert who actually comes from the credit industry. Follow him on Twitter here.