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Second LulzSec member pleads out in Sony Pictures attack

posted onOctober 15, 2012
by l33tdawg

The second person to be charged in last year's hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which resulted in the theft of personal information on roughly a million people, has pleaded guilty Thursday, according to reports.

Purported LulzSec member Raynaldo Rivera, 20, of Tempe, Ariz. was charged in August with impairing a protected computer and conspiracy charges.

Sony scraps sales of Xperia tablet

posted onOctober 5, 2012
by l33tdawg

Sony has stopped selling its Xperia Tablet S tablets after finding defects in the devices.

According to Reuters, sales were halted after gaps were discovered between the screen and case, making some of the tablets susceptible to water damage. A Sony spokeswoman told Reuters that the hardware issues have been traced back to a "manufacturing flaw" at the Chinese plant where the tablet is made.

Sony (Mobile) Hacked by NullCrew

posted onSeptember 4, 2012
by l33tdawg

Hacktivist group NullCew have claimed it has seized control of eight of Sony's servers due to lax security measures.

Through a message sent from the group's official Twitter account, the group claim that they have gained control of eight of Sony's servers, apparently related to the website A short message sent with a dumped file on Pastebin read:

Anonymous says it hacked 10M PSN accounts; Sony disagrees

posted onAugust 15, 2012
by l33tdawg

Anonymous claims to have struck again as far as the Sony PlayStation Network is concerned, but the whole matter appears to be a hoax.

A tweet posted on Wednesday to the Twitter account of the infamous international hacker group asserted that the PlayStation Network had been hacked again.

Sony unveils new optical mass storage format

posted onApril 18, 2012
by l33tdawg

Japanese electronic giant Sony has unveiled a new mass storage format based on cartridges of up to 30 high density optical discs.

The ODS-D55U is equipped with a high-speed USB 3.0 interface and will come in storage capacities ranging between 300GB and 1.5TB. The company reckons the new standard "will deliver superior long-term storage capabilities, which are enabled through the use of media built to withstand changes in temperature and humidity, and is dust and water resistance."

LulzSec member Cody Kertsinger pleads guilty to hacking Sony

posted onApril 6, 2012
by l33tdawg

Accused LulzSec hacker Cody Kretsinger pleaded guilty today in a federal court in Los Angeles, California, to felony charges associated with the breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment that occurred in mid-2011. Kretsinger went by the moniker "Recursion" and testified that he took part in a SQL injection attack on the Sony Pictures site, and stole personal information from thousands of people registered with the site. He also testified that he gave that personal information to other members of LulzSec to post publically.

Sony PS3 grabs content IDs when connected to Vita

posted onMarch 12, 2012
by l33tdawg

Apparently when you connect your PlayStation Vita to your PS3, the PS3 will automatically locate and store all the content IDs from your PlayStation Network account. This, surmises the hacker who made this discovery, means that it’s possible for Sony to invalidate content on your systems regardless of where you acquired it.

Hackers Allegedly Steal Sony's Archive Of 50k+ Michael Jackson Tracks

posted onMarch 5, 2012
by l33tdawg

Sony (NYSE: SNE) is facing yet another major security breach. Hackers reportedly illegally downloaded over Michael Jackson’s entire back catalog, consisting of 50,000 tracks, many never released. Sony purchased the catalog from Jackson’s estate for $250 (£157.51) million last year.

The attack itself appears to have taken last spring, around the same time that Sony’s PlayStation Network network was hacked and 77 million users’ data stolen.

PlayStation 4 Ditching The Cell Processor for AMD

posted onMarch 1, 2012
by l33tdawg

The PlayStation 4 will not use Sony's Cell processor nor any possible successor to the vaunted chipset that was introduced to the world through the PlayStation 3, gaming industry sources tell Kotaku.

What we're hearing from sources follow a Forbes rumor last week that chip-maker AMD would make the graphics chip for a PS4, a shift from the PS3's use of a graphics chip from AMD rival Nvidia. The abandonment of the Cell architecture would thrill the many game developers who have struggled with the complex chipset, but it could also be viewed as the admission of a mistake.

Sony returns to smartphones but faces challenges

posted onFebruary 27, 2012
by l33tdawg

Sony Corp. declared a return to the smartphone business on Sunday, unveiling its first smartphones under the Sony brand, but warned the group's painful transition would not be as fast as rebranding.

Kazuo Hirai is due to formally take over as Sony CEO on April 1, replacing Howard Stringer. Hirai said that while some management changes had already been identified there was still a long way to go to "explain to everybody who's doing what."