UPDATE:  Sony hacked, tons of data stolen, claims LulzSec

Sony was hacked again, claims LulzSec.

LulzSec, an Internet group that first gained notoriety for hacking PBS and posting on its website a bogus story of Tupac being alive.

As proof for hacking Sony, LulzSec has published Sony’s alleged compromised data on www.mediafire.com.  The unzipped folder contains 4.66 MB of information, including what is claimed to be emails and passwords of Sony’s The Young and the Restless users.

The group, via its @LulzSec Twitter account…

Threatened to hack Sony on May 27

Reiterated their plans on May 29

Claimed to have successfully taken Sony’s data on May 31

Promised to publish Sony’s data in “multiple ways to ensure maximum embarrassment and exposure for @Sony and their security flaws” on June 02

Sony, meanwhile, has had its share of hacking troubles recently.

Two of its websites were hacked by Internet vigilantes looking to avenge Sony’s lawsuit against George Hotz (geohot).  Then, its Playstation Network was hacked, information was stolen, and the network was forced to shut down for over 20 days.

Internet vigilante collective Anonymous was previously thought to have hacked the Playstation Network and stolen data.  Anonymous (AnonOps), however, denies doing so.

When asked if Sony was being hacked, a Sony spokesperson, in a statement emailed on June 02, 2011 12:41:13 AM ET, said “we have been performing regular, thorough testing of the implemented security enhancements.  After investigating further, there is no indication that the claim by [LulzSec] is accurate at the moment.”

A Sony spokesperson did not immediately confirm if the company was indeed hacked.