Hackers up the ante, divert Sony exec’s flight through threats

Lizard Squad also shut down Sony and Blizzard’s online gaming services on Aug. 24

Hackers targeting a gaming system’s online network is nothing new — just ask those with personal identifiable information stolen in a April 2011 hack of Sony’s PlayStation Network. However, the latest attack against Sony comes with a more insidious angle: targeting top executives themselves.

On Aug. 24, hackers known as the Lizard Squad claimed responsibility for taking down Sony’s PlayStation Network and Blizzard’s Battle.net. In addition, the group also claims to have slowed down Microsoft’s Xbox Live service. The group claimed that it was performing the attack in protest of the gaming companies’ perceived lack of commitment to online security.

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Zach Warren is Assistant Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, where he oversees online content submissions and administers InsideCounsel's enewsletters. Zach specializes in new media and multimedia...

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