Feeds

Sony calls in data Sherlocks to unpick megahack disaster

Plus Inspector Lestrade of the FBI

Security for virtualized datacentres

Sony has drafted in security experts to figure out who hacked into its systems - and how they did it - before stealing personal data on 100 million consumers of the company's services.

Both the firm's PlayStation Network and Online Entertainment service remain suspended in the aftermath of high-profile hack attacks that have turned Sony into a poster child for data insecurity. Sony has added extra security controls before beginning the phased restoration of both services, which it expects to complete by the end of the month.

In the meantime, it has hired computer forensics experts from Guidance Software and Data Forté (among others) to figure out what went wrong, the BBC reports. The FBI and Oracle are also looking into the breach, which affected 77 million PlayStation Network gamers and 25 million users of its Online Entertainment services. Sony admits that unidentified intruders may have made off with credit cards details of PlayStation Network gamers but is seeking to reassure its customers that the card data was encrypted.

The breach also exposed names, email addresses, dates of birth and phone numbers – all stored in plain text – as well as hashed copies of login credentials. Users have been notified about the security lapse. The chances of credit card fraud against registered accounts diminishes by the day but concerns remain that the depth of information available might facilitate future ID theft fraud, which typically involves establishing lines of credit under assumed names. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Whitepapers

Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.