Hackers have claimed to have compromised more than one million passwords, email addresses and other information from SonyPictures.com in the latest cyberattack on the Japanese electronics giant. The claim was made by a group of hackers calling themselves “Lulz Security,” who published a number of files online containing lists of thousands of stolen email addresses and passwords.
“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,” Lulz Security said. “Due to a lack of resources on our part we were unable to fully copy all of this information,” the group said. “In theory we could have taken every last bit of information, but it would have taken several more weeks.” To “prove its authenticity,” the group posted lists of thousands of stolen Gmail, Hotmail, AOL, Yahoo and other email addresses and passwords on Pastebin where they were publicly accessible.
Sony, whose online services have been targeted by a series of cyberattacks over the past few weeks, said it was investigating the latest alleged breach. “We are looking into these claims,” Sony Pictures Entertainment executive vice president Jim Kennedy said in a statement to AFP. SonyPictures.com features movie trailers and information about films and television shows and also allows users who sign up to receive email updates.