Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Jun 2011 22:26 UTC, submitted by twitterfire
Privacy, Security, Encryption "The hacker group LulzSec on Thursday posted information it took from Sony Entertainment and Sony BMG on its site, called the LulzBoat. The information includes about a million usernames and passwords of customers in the U.S., Netherlands and Belgium and is available for download and posted on the group's site. A release posted on LulzSec's page said the group has more, but can't copy all of the information it stole. The group also said none of the information it took from Sony was encrypted."
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Despicable
by WereCatf on Sat 4th Jun 2011 06:19 UTC
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I know bashing Sony is a favorite pastime for many here and I don't claim they don't deserve it. But what that Lulzsec did is still just despicable: the information they got is mostly for elderly users, people who play absolutely no part whatsoever in anything Sony has done and who most likely do not even understand what's going on, yet lulzsec published all of their information. Including phone numbers, passwords and all.

They could have just taught Sony a lesson by for example emptying the whole database, or just publishing usernames and nothing else. But no, they publish it all, and their excuse is "it's not our fault, blame sony!!11oneoneleven"

Besides their immoral, arrogant, ignorant and malicious behaviour what does this even serve to prove? Sony can just play the sympathy card and gets to also blame piracy for this; after all, it's clearly "pirates who do this kind of stuff" and there you go, you've just managed to only worsen the situation that's already brewing. This gives yet more fuel for the government lobbyists calling for tighter control. Sony loses nothing, but these elderly customers can stand to lose even most of their possessions due to identity theft!

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