Sony has confirmed that they did indeed get hacked. The press release is brief, but very strict in it's tone. While confirming what LulzSec had already claimed, Sony calls them "criminal hackers" and makes mention of the Feds getting involved in the investigation.
I know that most hackers could care less about criminal investigations being made in to their conquests - and probably where it with a badge of honor - but Hollywood money behind these investigations could bring them down.
Here is the full press release:
CULVER CITY, CA (June 3, 2011) – Statement of Michael Lynton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Amy Pascal, Co-Chairman, Sony Pictures Entertainment:
The cybercrime wave that has affected Sony companies and a number of government agencies, businesses and individuals in recent months has hit Sony Pictures as well. Yesterday afternoon a group of criminal hackers known as "LulzSec" claimed to have breached some of our websites.
We have confirmed that a breach has occurred and have taken action to protect against further intrusion. We also retained a respected team of experts to conduct the forensic analysis of the attack, which is ongoing.
In addition, we have contacted the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and are working with them to assist in the identification and apprehension of those responsible for this crime.
We deeply regret and apologize for any inconvenience caused to consumers by this cybercrime.
Sony says they are investigating the claim from LulzSec. Expect more information from Sony soon.
Reuters is reporting that LulzSec claims to have hacked in to SonyPictures.com. According to Lulz, the database included - you guessed it - personal information for Sony customers. That information includes passwords, names, addresses and stops short of DNA samples. At this point it's not that far off that hackers will get that sometime soon.
Sony has yet to respond to questions about this.
If LulzSec has indeed done this, Sony is in real trouble. Hackers are attacking them from every side and they are constantly finding a way to get back in. It makes me think that the Sony brass is at a loss for words and it's playing out like a scene in WarGames. Where everyone is watching helplessly as they countdown how many of the nuclear missile launch codes Joshua/W.O.P.R. is getting. Perhaps I'm wrong. Maybe Sony has an ace up their sleeve. It's very possible that Gandlf told them to look to the east at dawn on the first day of E3. But probably not.
Lulz was in the press recently for hacking in to the PBS web site this past weekend. They put up a fake - and pretty funny - news article on their front page claiming that Tupac Shakur was still alive and living in New Zealand. (Here) In a statement they mentioned that Sony would indeed be their next target.
We will update this story once Sony comments it. In the mean time, start cancelling your cards....again.
What say you?