Sony Has Been Hacked 20 Times


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Two last months are undoubtedly the period of time Sony would rather forget. In fact, it appeared to be next to impossible to track how many times the corporation was hacked. However, it doesn’t mean all the efforts were only intended to show just how much the company got hacked.

There were a lot of detailed reports on the Sony security breaches, but each particular one was just the tip of the iceberg taking into account the millions of consumer accounts that were compromised, as well as the countless number of times the company’s official site was defaced.

Recently a condensed history of the hacking activities of Sony emerged online, revealing a list some of the compromises that occurred from April to June 2011. According to the report, in this period of time alone, there were 20 times when Sony had been compromised. However, even this list is also the tip of the iceberg, because the same report notes it didn’t count any DDoS attacks against the company as an incident.

Besides, the report also reveals so-called “legacy” Sony hacks, which date back as far as 1999. Those appear to be a bit more than site defaces, while demonstrating the security troubles one company has had over the years. The report even introduced a new term “Sownage”, meaning the ownage of Sony.

Along with all the facts, the report also showed just how difficult it was to keep track of the Sony breaches, admitting that the recent spate of attacks on Sony Corporation turned out to be more difficult to track than the entities involved in the Epsilon breach. Industry observers would confirm that this company’s data breaches were undoubtedly an eventful moment.

However, it will be fair to point out that the targeted company at least attempted to do some damage control by offering a “Welcome Back” program for the PSN outage to its PlayStation Network users. The offered program included free giveaways of Sony services. Aside from that, Sony created a new employee position to control the security. Nevertheless, while for some users this appeared to be enough, the others decided that the damage was already done and bid farewell to Sony.

Currently, for some people having Sony as a part of their lives, things seem to be returning to normal. Indeed, the last Sony security breach took place almost a month ago, when Sony Pictures France had 177,000 accounts compromised. Undoubtedly, no company would want to go through what Sony did, but the rest should take all necessary steps to prevent this.

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