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There goes another 25 million Sony customer records

Once is bad enough. Twice suggests a deeper problem

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Following on from last week’s Sony PlayStation Network revelations, the company has now admitted losing the details of another 25 million users, this time from the Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) network.

While the data here is said to be outdated (from a 2007 copy of the database), a great deal of the information will still be relevant. People don’t move around all the time and they won’t change their date of birth. Furthermore, the chances are that the direct debit detail will also still be valid. ‘Old’ data doesn’t mean ‘out-of-date’.

Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), which both of these attacks appear to be examples of, are designed to be long lasting and difficult to discover. The cyber-criminal in an APT attack bides his or her time and siphons off information more slowly, leaving few traces, making it harder to counteract.

In other cases, when a breach has been discovered, the leak still goes back weeks or months. This raises the interesting question for companies - are you currently subject to an APT but just don’t know it yet? Time to revisit audit and security controls, just in case.

Guy Bunker, Jericho Forum board member


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