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Sony Confirms Customer Data Hacked in China

A spokesperson for Sony has confirmed that the email addresses and names released earlier this week were taken from a server maintained by a third-party. The group responsible for the breach, NullCrew, has also hit other targets recently, including government and commercial sites in Cambodia.

Commenting on Twitter that Sony is a “hackers playground” NullCrew posted data taken from Sony’s mobile division on Monday, which includes customer email addresses and names. The data was taken from servers that manage customers in China and Taiwan, and maintained by a third-party, Sony said.

In a statement, Sony commented that no financial information was taken, but confirmed that the list of email addresses and names were legitimate. They were unaware of the source of the attack, but are investigating.

In addition to Sony, NullCrew targeted commercial and government websites in Cambodia this week, after police in the Southwest Asian country arrested Gottfrid Svartholm Warg, one of the founders of The Pirate Bay.

The group targeted websites maintained by the Ministry of Public Works, the Cambodian armed forces, and Cambodia's Institute of Standards. The group also claimed responsibility for attacks against Cambridge University, as a way of showing support for Julian Assange.

Continuing their run of chaos, the group shared images of the backend controls used by the FBI’s Virtual Academy on Thursday, claiming to have hacked it. 

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Steve Ragan is a security reporter and contributor for SecurityWeek. Prior to joining the journalism world in 2005, he spent 15 years as a freelance IT contractor focused on endpoint security and security training.