Sony has been besieged by hackers for the second time in a year. This time e-looters made off with 50,000 files worth $253 million dollars.
According to Fox News, the thieves stole Michael Jackson’s back catalog, and music that has never been released. After Jackson’s death Sony paid $395 million for a seven-year lease, and the right to create, and distribute 10 more albums.
The attacks on the Jackson files, and that of several other musicians including Jimi Hendrix, the Foo Fighters, and Paul Simon happened soon after the data of 77 million Sony PlayStation gamers was breached. However, the details with regards to this theft is just being released.
A source close to the company said: “Everything Sony purchased from the Michael Jackson estate was compromised. It caused them to check their systems and they found the breach. There was a degree of sophistication. Sony identified the weakness and plugged the gap.”
The source added that the second breach happening so soon after the first “would have made investors and artists think, ‘What other part of Sony isn’t secure?’”
Last night Sony admitted there had been a security breach and that the Michael Jackson material had been stolen but refused to say how much the hackers downloaded. A source within the company said that although the Jackson estate had been told about the hack the company did not have to make the knowledge public as there was no customer data involved.
They added that computer experts had traced the hack to the UK by examining a “fingerprint” allegedly left behind.
The Serious Organized Crime division took up the case and two men appeared in court last week charged with offenses under the computer Misuse Act. They denied all charges and were remanded on bail.
Stay tuned for more.