User Names Stolen From Sony Music's Greek Website

User Names Stolen From Sony Music's Greek Website

Although the Sony PlayStation Network is now back online, the entertainment giant seems to be a prime target for hackers: This time, personal data from an unknown number of Sony customers on its Greek website, SonyMusic.gr, has been stolen—and exposed online. [More]

5 Things To Do When A Company Leaks Your Data

5 Things To Do When A Company Leaks Your Data

What should yo do if you’re a victim of Sony’s recent security breaches — or of similar data leaks at other security-challenged-companies? Our clever cousins at Consumer Reports have come up with a set of tips to help you weather the post-hack storm. Top of the list: Accept free credit-monitoring services that the company offers to its customers, but don’t count on them to catch everything. [More]

Sony, Accused Hacker Call Truce In Settlement

Sony, Accused Hacker Call Truce In Settlement

Sony’s Itchy and Scratchy-esque tangle with an alleged hacker and his supporters has finally reached its apparent end. The parties agreed to an out-of-court settlement with an injunction that bans the man who took credit for jailbreaking the PlayStation 3 from distributing the offending code. [More]

Cyber Criminals Rent Out Unsuspecting Owners' PCs

Cyber Criminals Rent Out Unsuspecting Owners' PCs

When nefarious types are in need of remote PCs to do their dirty work, they can turn to underground, invitation-only services that rent out computers owned by marks who aren’t aware their hardware is being prostituted. [More]

Hackers Halt Attacks On PlayStation Network

Hackers Halt Attacks On PlayStation Network

Hackers who claimed responsibility for taking down Sony’s PlayStation Network and attacking other Sony sites earlier this week say they have reconsidered their methods and will stop attacking PSN “at this time.” [More]

Report: Hackers Retaliate Against Sony For Going After One Of Their Own

Report: Hackers Retaliate Against Sony For Going After One Of Their Own

In an episode reportedly linked to Sony’s attempts to take down the alleged hacker who decimated the PS3’s security, a group of hackers reportedly crippled the PlayStation Network and several Sony-related cites. [More]

Hackers Seize Control Of Xbox Cop's Site

Hackers Seize Control Of Xbox Cop's Site

Xbox Live rule enforcement comes with its risks. A Microsoft employee who serves as director of policy and enforcement for Xbox Live suffered an apparent attack from hackers who seized his personal site and Xbox Live account. [More]

Sony Says Alleged Hacker Withheld Evidence, His Lawyer Disagrees

Sony Says Alleged Hacker Withheld Evidence, His Lawyer Disagrees

Sony’s Javert-like quest to legally punish a hacker accused of jailbreaking the PS3 continues to take soap opera-like turns, with the company accusing him of fleeing for South America and refusing to turn in key evidence, the latter claim which his lawyer denies. [More]

Microsoft And Feds Take Down World's Largest Spam Botnet

Microsoft And Feds Take Down World's Largest Spam Botnet

Your inbox might feel a little empty for a while because Microsoft and the Feds have taken down the world’s largest botnet, “Rustock,” estimated to have infected over 1 million computers worldwide. [More]

Sony Can Sift Through Alleged Hacker's PayPal Records

Sony Can Sift Through Alleged Hacker's PayPal Records

In it’s all-out legal quest to stomp an alleged hacker who released a PS3 jailbreak, Sony continues to seem to get whatever information it wants via legal channels. After being allowed to collect the IP addresses of anyone who visited the alleged hacker’s site, Sony has now been given the go-ahead from a federal magistrate to collect the man’s PayPal records. [More]

Microsoft Fights Back Against Gamers Who Allegedly Stole Xbox Currency

Microsoft Fights Back Against Gamers Who Allegedly Stole Xbox Currency

After some gamers took advantage of an exploit that automatically produced codes for Microsoft Points — e-currency that’s used on Xbox Live purchases — Microsoft invalidated the points and may punish those who took advantage. [More]

Judge: Sony Can Have IP Address Of Anyone Who Visited Forbidden Site

Judge: Sony Can Have IP Address Of Anyone Who Visited Forbidden Site

In its ongoing quest to neutralize the alleged hackers who decimated the PS3’s security, Sony won the legal right to track down the IP address of anyone who visited a site on which the PS3 jailbreak was posted. [More]

Sony To Hackers: 'I'll Get You, My Pretties'… In Legalese

Sony To Hackers: 'I'll Get You, My Pretties'… In Legalese

Stepping up its war on hackers, Sony is talking tough to those who would break down the PlayStation 3 as though it were the Cleveland Cavaliers’ defense. [More]

Sony's "Kevin Butler" Retweets PS3 Jailbreak Code

Sony's "Kevin Butler" Retweets PS3 Jailbreak Code

“Kevin Butler” is the fictional Sony VP who is the face of its recent PlayStation ads, so of course he has a Twitter account. It looks like whoever is running the account hasn’t been reading the news much. When a Twitter user tweeted at him the code used to jailbreak PS3’s, the entity misinterpreted the series of letters and numbers and made a Battleship joke, retweeting the code in the process, reports Engadget. This is ironic because Sony has been cracking down with legal threats and attacks on anyone they can find disseminating the jailbreak information. I wonder if Kevin Butler will be getting one of these C&D’s… [More]

Sony Goes After People Who Spread PS3 Hack

Sony Goes After People Who Spread PS3 Hack

First Sony went after alleged PS3 hackers who broke down the console’s firmware, opening it up to gamers to run pirated, copied and unlicensed games. Now it wants information on those who posted details of the hack online, even though they had no hand in its creation. [More]

Sony Goes After Alleged PS3 Hackers, Wants Them To Hush Up

Sony Goes After Alleged PS3 Hackers, Wants Them To Hush Up

Hackers have apparently shredded the security innards that stop people from messing with PlayStation 3 firmware, so Sony is wielding its legal katana. [More]

Badware Hosting Sites Growing More Sophisticated, Offer Menu Of Services

Badware Hosting Sites Growing More Sophisticated, Offer Menu Of Services

The illicit economy of phishers and malware perpetrators is growing more sophisticated, and more brazen. “Bulletproof” hosting sites that offered to protect their users from attacks and takedown requests now have corporate-like web pages offering a menu of a la carte services. The only limit is no spam and no porn. Hey, even they have standards. [More]

Hackers Infiltrate D.C. E-Voting System, Force Testing Delays

Hackers Infiltrate D.C. E-Voting System, Force Testing Delays

While testing out its electronic vote-by-mail program for overseas voters, the District of Columbia invited hackers to do their worst to break into the system. The programming geeks answered with decisive force, with someone making the site play the University of Michigan’s fight song after a test subject submitted the ballot. D.C. officials suspended testing before patching things up and getting back online. [More]