It happened again--hackers at LulzSecurity exposed Sony BMG's vulnerabilities and took hold of at least 1 million "unencrypted users, unencrypted admin accounts, government, and military passwords," according to the organization's Twitter status.
People at risk include those who have signed up for Sony or for Sony-related brands and sweepstakes, such as SonyPictures.com and TheYoungAndTheRestless.com.
If you're one of these people, your personal data--e-mail address, home address, phone number, and date of birth--might be compromised. Use these tips to survive the breach:
1. Beware of fraudulent e-mails. Now that your e-mail address(es) has been exposed, you're vulnerable to phishing attacks. Look out for e-mails from seemingly legitimate sites (like Sony) asking you for personal information such as passwords or bank account information. Be careful when clicking links or opening attachments in e-mails, even if they appear to come from someone familiar or trusted.
2. Use a different e-mail for "junk." If you're using your primary e-mail when signing up for things like sweepstakes, create a "junk" e-mail address and use that instead. Some of the Sony accounts exposed were those associated with giveaways like "The Summer of Restless Beauty Instant Win."… Read more