Sony is trying to link a massive security breach and data theft to the hacker group Anonymous.
The company sent a letter to Congress yesterday saying it had found a file called “Anonymous” on a server run by Sony’s online games unit. That was one of several Sony services taken down after a cyber thief stole millions of users’ names, passwords, address, and possibly credit card information last month. Sony’s letter to Congress suggests Anonymous may have facilitated the security breach when it crashed the Sony servers in a so-called distributed denial of service attack several days before the data theft.
Anonymous launched the first attack in retaliation for a lawsuit Sony filed against two people who were telling others how to hack Sony’s PlayStation Three consoles. However, a statement on the Anonymous website says the group had nothing to do with the data theft. Anonymous tends to launch cyber attacks for philosophical or political reasons rather than financial gain.