10 Jan 2012
Anonymous has hit Sony once again - this time apparently due to the organisation's support of the US Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
The Sony Pictures website and its Facebook page were both hacked and defaced by the hactivist group, although both were quickly recovered and repaired by Sony.
The attack followed an online video, posted by Anonymous last month, warning Sony that an attack was imminent.
Claiming responsibility for the Sony attack, alleged Anonymous member 's3rver_exe' said, via his Twitter feed, that he had been able to access admin usernames and passwords when hacking the company.
He said: "The hack wasn't big but still the servers were vulnerable and I got access to the admin too. #OpSony."
The recent style of Anonymous has been to employ DDoS attacks, where mass traffic is generated to overpower the victims' servers, however, the Sony attack was an actual hack and defacement.
This style of hack is similar to the massive attack that Sony fell victim to last year, and comes as quite an embarrassment as the company was expected to have ramped-up security efforts in light of it.
The SOPA bill, to which Sony has pledged its support, is designed to extend the ability of US law enforcement and copyright holders to fight the online exchange of copyrighted material.
The bill has caused outrage at many large technology companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, who argue that it may leave them open to prosecutions or court orders over which they have little control.
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