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Sony PlayStation Network to Get Two-Factor Authentication

Sony PlayStation Network to Get Two-Factor Authentication

April 22, 2016Swati Khandelwal
In Brief: Sony is finally bolstering the security of the PlayStation Network by adding Two-Factor Authentication to the servers — almost five years after a massive hack that exposed data of over 77 Million users. Sony confirmed to Polygon today that it is planning to introduce two-factor verification to its PlayStation Network widely soon after a Twitter user saw a reference to it in the latest 4.80 firmware update for the PlayStation 3. Although there is no official announcement from the company revealing when two-step authentication will be implemented in PSN, the representative told sources that "more details will be shared at a later date." Microsoft has been providing two-step verification to its Xbox Live users since 2013. The feature is also used on Battle.net and Steam. Two-Factor authentication, also known as two-step verification, is a process that requires you to submit two different forms of verification when logging into a service: One is your
Wikileaks Publishes 30,000 Searchable Documents from the Sony Hack

Wikileaks Publishes 30,000 Searchable Documents from the Sony Hack

April 17, 2015Mohit Kumar
Remember the largest hack on Sony Pictures Entertainment late last year? Well, nobody can forget it. But let me remind you once again: Sony Picture Entertainment hack was one of the most devastating hacks in the history that leaked several hundred gigabytes of sensitive data, including high-quality versions of five unreleased movies , celebrity phone numbers and their travel aliases, private information of its employees, upcoming film scripts, film budgets and many more. Now, these large troves of hacked Sony data have been republished by Wikileaks. THE SONY ARCHIVES WikiLeaks on Thursday released " The Sony Archives ," a fully searchable online database containing more than 30,000 documents and 173,132 emails that, it claims, were stolen from last year's Sony Pictures hack , proving a devastating and embarrassing security failure for the studio. It is like, Whistleblower Julian Assange has hit the nerve: The massive hack has already cost the e
FBI Director says 'Sloppy' Sony Hackers Left Clues that Point to North Korea

FBI Director says 'Sloppy' Sony Hackers Left Clues that Point to North Korea

January 08, 2015Swati Khandelwal
The hackers group responsible for the last year’s largest hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment left many clues which proves that the Sony's hackers , who called themselves Guardians of Peace (GOP) , linked to North Korea, as claimed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Speaking at the International Conference on Cyber Security (ICCS) at Fordham University in New York on Wednesday, the director of the FBI defended his bureau's claim and said that the North Korean government was involved in the massive cyber attack against Sony Pictures – saying skeptics " don't have the facts that I have ." " There's not much I have high confidence about, " James Comey said, as reported by the FBI New York field office's official Twitter feed. " I have very high confidence... on North Korea. " According to Comey, the hackers usually relied on proxy connections to hide their real IP address each time they sent threatening
N.Korea' Kim Jong Un Cartoon Appears on The Pirate Bay, HACKED or SneakyHINT?

N.Korea' Kim Jong Un Cartoon Appears on The Pirate Bay, HACKED or SneakyHINT?

December 27, 2014Swati Khandelwal
Surprisingly, from yesterday a cartoon picture of the supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) named Kim Jong-un appearing on The Pirate Bay website ’s homepage, but WHY? At the beginning of this month, The Pirate Bay — an infamous Torrent website predominantly used to share copyrighted material such as films, TV shows and music files, free of charge — went dark from the internet during a raid operation carried out by Swedish Police. However, a number of clones and rumors of rebirths of the infamous The Pirate Bay (TPB) appeared online, but the official domain of The Pirate Bay ( ThePirateBay.se ) remained inaccessible, until last week. ThePirateBay.se , the official domain of TPB returned to life, but without an archive of torrent files and now showing a ticking clock, with the Jolly Roger (skull and crossbones Pirate flag) waving in the background, and an image with apparently random characters with the filename AES.png , hintin
Sony Hackers Threaten 9/11 Type Attack at Theaters Showing 'The Interview' Movie

Sony Hackers Threaten 9/11 Type Attack at Theaters Showing 'The Interview' Movie

December 17, 2014Swati Khandelwal
The massive hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment has yet exposed about 200 gigabytes of confidential data belonging to the company from upcoming movie scripts to sensitive employees data, celebrities phone numbers and their travel aliases, and also the high-quality versions of five newest films , marking it as the most severe hack in the History. Now, the so-called "Guardians of Peace" (GoP) group who promised to release a big "Christmas gift" for Sony Pictures posted an eighth batch of documents to the Internet on Tuesday of what everyone in Hollywood has been waiting for — Thousands of personal emails stolen from Sony Pictures co-Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton . The personal emails released just one day after Michael Lynton convened a town-hall meeting for Sony employees in the wake of the company’s widespread data breach and proclaimed, "Our business has a strong foundation… This won’t take us down." Along with Linto
Sony Pictures Scarier Hack — Hackers Leak Scripts, Celebrity Phone Numbers and Aliases

Sony Pictures Scarier Hack — Hackers Leak Scripts, Celebrity Phone Numbers and Aliases

December 10, 2014Swati Khandelwal
The massive hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment has reached a more scarier phase following another huge leak of sensitive, confidential documents revealing celebrity contact details and upcoming film scripts. The so-called Guardians of Peace (GoP) group taking responsibility for the massive hack attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment claimed to have released a new trove of more confidential data including private information of its employees, celebrity phone numbers and their travel aliases, film budgets, upcoming film scripts and many more. By the end of past two weeks before Sony Pictures Entertainment faced cyber attacks that shut down the company's computer system, the group revealed nearly 40 GB of data which contained confidential information of Sony employees such as salaries, addresses, and the US Social Security Numbers. Also, high-quality versions of five newest films distributed by Sony Pictures were also leaked online. On Monday, s
Sony Pictures Employees Receive Threatening Email After Hack

Sony Pictures Employees Receive Threatening Email After Hack

December 06, 2014Wang Wei
The massive hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment have reached a totally unbelievable and scary phase as multiple media sources are saying that Sony Pictures employees received e-mails from hackers threatening to harm them and their family members . Said one employee, " It's really crazy and scary. " It seems like matters for Sony Pictures is getting worse with time. Last month hacking attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment made the studio’s internal corporate systems offline and spewed confidential information onto the Internet. Hackers group that identifies itself as # GOP ( Guardians of Peace ) claimed responsibility for the hack and apparently stolen reams of internal corporate data as well. Just a week after the cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, high-quality versions of five newest films – Annie , Fury , Still Alice , Mr. Turner and To Write Love on Her Arms – distributed by Sony Pictures leaked online during Black Friday.
Sony Pictures Hack — 5 Things You Need To Know

Sony Pictures Hack — 5 Things You Need To Know

December 02, 2014Swati Khandelwal
What a horrible start the holiday season in U.S. Over Thanksgiving weekend, Sony Pictures Entertainment suffered a massive data breach as "Guardians of Peace" hacked-into Sony Pictures' computer system that brought the studio's network to a screeching halt. Following the hack, hackers leaked five unreleased Sony movies to Torrent file-sharing website during Black Friday. It's still not clear whether both the incident back to back with Sony Pictures belongs to same group of hackers or not, but here's what you need to know about the breach: 1. FBI MALWARE WARNING AFTER SONY PICTURES HACK The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned businesses that cyber criminals have used malicious software to launch destructive cyber-attacks in the United States, following the last week's massive data breach at Sony Pictures Entertainment, in which four unreleased films were stolen and pirate-shared. In a five-page confidential 'flash'
Unreleased Sony Pictures Movies Leaked Online After Sony Hack Attack

Unreleased Sony Pictures Movies Leaked Online After Sony Hack Attack

December 01, 2014Wang Wei
Following the last week's massive hack attack on Sony Pictures' network by a group calling themselves "#GOP," or Guardians of Peace , high-quality versions of several of the studio's newest films have hit piracy websites. It seems like matters for Sony Pictures is getting worse with time. Sony Pictures Entertainment has reportedly begun investigating links to North Korea of the possible cyberattack occurred last week that made the studio’s internal email systems offline, which was still offline at the time of writing. Now its five movie screeners – Annie , Fury , Still Alice , Mr. Turner and To Write Love on Her Arms – have made their way onto torrent file-sharing websites, though it has not been confirmed that the leak of all the films came from the same breach. "Still Alice" starring Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin – US release date: Jan 16, 2015 "Mr Turner" starring Timothy Spall. – US release date: Dec 19, 2014 "Ann
Sony Pictures HACKED; Studio-Staff Computers Seized by Hackers

Sony Pictures HACKED; Studio-Staff Computers Seized by Hackers

November 25, 2014Swati Khandelwal
It’s a bad day for Sony yesterday!! Sony appears to be hacked once again by hackers, but this time not its PlayStation , instead its Sony Pictures Entertainment – the company’s motion picture, television production and distribution unit. According to multiple reports, the corporate computers of Sony Picture employees in New York and around the world were infiltrated by a hacker, displaying a weird skeleton, a series of URL addresses, and a threatening message that reads: "Hacked By #GOP Warning: We've already warned you, and this is just a beginning. We continue till our request be met. We've obtained all your internal data, including your secrets and top secrets. If you don't obey us, we'll release data shown below to the world. Determine what will you do till November the 24th, 11:00 PM (GMT)." News broke after a user, who claimed to be a former Sony staff, posted allegations of the security breach with the defacement image on Reddit . Hack
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