Sony who is fast becoming one of the mosted “hated” consumer electronics Companies among hackers has been hit again with the entire Michael Jackson back catalogue collection worth more vthan $250M being stolen.
TThe hackers who took than 50,000 music files, most of which were by the late pop legend were able to get into the Sony web site despite the Company promising several months ago that “all” their sites had been secured following a major hack attack on their Playstation network.
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 content the hackers downloaded or how long the hackers had access to the site.
A source within the company told the Sun Newspaper 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.
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Shortly after Jacksons death, Jackson’s estate signed their biggest recording deal in history, worth $250m with Sony giving it the rights to sell his whole back catalogue as well as previously unreleased tracks.
The Guardian newspaper said that On Friday, two men who were arrested last May appeared in court in the UK accused of offences in connection with the alleged security breach.
James Marks, 26, from Daventry in Northamptonshire, and James McCormick, 25, from Blackpool, denied charges under the Computer Misuse Act and the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act at Leicester crown court. They were released on bail, the Serious Organised Crime Agency said. They are due to stand trial next January.
The incident comes less than a year after the names, addresses and other personal data of about 77 million people with accounts on Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) were stolen.
The Sun newspaper said that in April 2011 the details of 77million gamers were stolen after Sony’s PlayStation Network was hacked. The breach cost Sony $180 Million and hugely damaged their reputation.
The attack on the Jackson files occurred shortly afterwards but has not been revealed until now. The hack was discovered during routine monitoring of social networking sites, Jackson fan sites and hacking forums.
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”.
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