Sony Music chiefs were left red-faced after the company’s Irish website was hacked defaced with fake news stories. Reports emerged earlier today via Twitter that the Sony Music Ireland site was displaying some strange celebrity stories and some of the more outrageous claims made in the stories……….
The Irish website of Sony Music has become the latest of the company’s sites to fall victim to an apparent hacking attack and Ireland site was this morning displaying three news stories claiming that; two members of band The Script had died, Rebecca Black had married R Kelly and that scientists had proven X-Factor contestants were stupid. The prank follows on from a spate of hacks the Japan-based electronics and media giant has suffered in the past three months. The website URL is currently redirecting to Sony Music Ireland’s Facebook page, although Google’s cache still holds the rogue version of the site. The Irish Times reports that Sony Music Ireland is refusing to comment on the incident, except to say that the stories published were false. No-one has yet claimed responsibility for this latest attack, which feasibly could alternatively have been an ‘inside job’ by a disgruntled employee. Sony has been the victim of a number of attacks in recent weeks, although the previous attacks were more concerned with the details of customer accounts. Sony was forced to temporarily suspend its PlayStation Network and Qriocity services in April after details of more than 77 million customer accounts were compromised. A number of other attacks followed, with affiliate sites targeted in Canada, Greece and Thailand. The group that claimed responsibility for some of the Sony attacks, LulzSec, said last month 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”.