Monday 23 January 2017

Sony Music Ireland probes fake stories website hacking

Independent.ie reporters

Published 05/07/2011 | 13:12

Sony Music Ireland has launched an investigation after three fake news stories appeared on the homepage of its website earlier today.

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The company has emphasised that there was no validity to any of the stories which the hackers puts up on its site.

One of the fake stories headlined 'Tragedy Strikes The Script' reported the death of two of the band members.

Sony made it clear in a statement that all of the group were fine.

There were also fake accounts about US singer Rebecca Black, R Kelly and X-Factor contestants published on the website, which has now been removed. The www.sonymusic.ie domain is re-directing to the company's Facebook page.

A spokesman said the company had no comment on today's incidents, but said the stories that had appeared on the site were untrue.

It is not yet known who is responsible for the incident.

Sony has now become the victim of a series of attacks in recent weeks, but the previous attempts were more concerned with customer account details. This led to the company temporarily suspending its Playstation Network and Qriocity services in April after details of more than 77 million customer accounts were compromised.

Affiliate sites were also the subject of attack in Canada, Greece and Thailand. Only last month Sony Pictures Entertainment confirmed that some of its websites were breached in a new attack on its servers.

The group responsible for some of the Sony attacks, LulzSec, recently confirmed it was disbanding after 50 days of “disrupting and exposing corporations, governments, often the general population itself, and quite possibly everything in between, just because we could.

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