Already infamous for defacing PBS's website earlier this week, cracking outfit LulzSec today claimed a familiar scalp—whatever remains of it, anyway. This time, it's Sony Pictures Entertainment, the movie-making division. From a statement attributed to the group
Our goal here is not to come across as master hackers, hence what we're about
to reveal: SonyPictures.com was owned by a very simple SQL injection, one of
the most primitive and common vulnerabilities, as we should all know by now.
From a single injection, we accessed EVERYTHING. Why do you put such faith in
a company that allows itself to become open to these simple attacks?
What's worse is that every bit of data we took wasn't encrypted. Sony stored
over 1,000,000 passwords of its customers in plaintext, which means it's just
a matter of taking it. This is disgraceful and insecure: they were asking for it.
The haul of data, already posted to The Pirate Bay
, also includes 3.5 million Sony Music coupons.
Sony traditionally is run as a set of 'silos', independent departments, divisions and joint ventures that have much autonomy from one another. This might be why there are so many different attacks: perhaps there is always another Sony silo which runs its own web infrastructure, where hundreds of dollars worth of web development can go down the drain, just like that.
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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