The leaked information contained user email addresses, Sony passwords, dates of birth, full postal address, gender, and phone numbers.
In response, Sony said it has “taken action to protect against further intrusion” and hired a “team of outside expert” to conduct “forensic analysis of the attack.”
Moreover, it has called the FBI to work with them to identify the hackers behind the group LulzSec and bring them to justice for their cybercrimes.
LulzSec, on its part, doesn’t seem to be concerned about the FBI. Last Friday, it hacked InfraGard, a private-sector affiliate of the FBI. It leaked InfraGard user information and defaced the website, reported nakedsecurity.
InfraGard describes itself as “an association of businesses, academic institutions, state and local law enforcement agencies, and other participants dedicated to sharing information and intelligence to prevent hostile acts against the United States.”
Before LulzSec leaked the InfraGard information on Friday, it tweeted “Welcome to #FuckFBIFriday, wherein we sit and laugh at the FBI. No times decided, but we'll cook up something nice for tonight. <3”
As for the FBI (and other US law enforcement officials), they do routinely catch cyber criminals every now and then.
On May 9, s 20-year-old hacker from North Carolina was caught by the FBI for hacking ATMs. He was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison without parole.
On April 21, a 26-year-old hacker admitted to authorities of hacking business computer networks to steal credit cards. At sentencing, scheduled for July 22, 2011, he will face maximum penalties of 10 years in prison.
On March 18, a 26-year-old hacker was sentenced to 110 months in jail for hacking into a hospital’s computer system.