Sony Pictures Entertainment is admitting that their system was breached this weekend and that hackers got away with user passwords and other data.

Sony chairman/CEO Michael Lynton and co-chairman Amy Pascal said in a statement that "the cybercrime wave that has affected Sony companies ... has hit Sony Pictures as well."

They acknowledged that the group of criminal hackers known as 'LulzSec,' who claimed responsibility for the attack, did occur.

"We have taken action to protect against further intrusion," Sony said, which includes hiring "respected team of experts to conduct the forensic analysis of the attack" and that they're working with the FBI to find the hackers. "We deeply regret and apologize for any inconvenience caused to consumers by this cybercrime," the statement concluded.

Read on to find out if your information was hacked.
Gizmodo has a created a form where you can type in your email address and see whether the LulzSec hackers have all your personal data. Of course, the Gizmodo site itself has been hacked recently, so proceed with caution.

This is reportedly the 16th hack attempt against Sony, with PlayStation Network, Qtrocity, Sony Online Entertainment and Sony Ericsson being affected.

Experts aren't sure whether this is due to hackers targeting Sony specifically, or if it's simply that the company sucks at cybersecurity. An argument for the latter: Sony's passwords were reportedly stored in plain rather than encrypted text, which is much more secure.

George Hotz, the hardware hacker who cracked the PlayStation 3's encryption system, recently argued that Sony had only itself to blame for the attacks.

"The fault lies with the executives who declared a war on hackers, laughed at the idea of people penetrating the fortress that once was Sony, whined incessantly about piracy, and kept hiring more lawyers when they really needed to hire good security experts," said Hotz in an April blog post. "Alienating the hacker community is not a good idea."

Apparently not!

[via PC World, Deadline]
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