Sony hack reveals celebrity pseudonyms

9 December 2014

playstation-network Sony's PlayStation online store was hacked on Monday, and the company are still investigating the cause of the attack, after it knocked out the store for two hours. Handy, as they're currently in the middle of a huge 20th anniversary sale.

Some visitors to the online store were greeted with the message: "Page not found. It's not you. It's the internet's fault."

Some tweet from a user calling themselves @LizurdPatrol tweeted "50 RTs and we will hit off PSN. 50 FAVs and we will hit off XBOX LIVE." Whatever gets you hard, dear.

This follows Sony Pictures Entertainment, who were winded by a large attack knocking the studio's network out for a week, and the added bonus of hackers leaking all manner of embarrassing details about Sony staff. The staff also got emails that they and their families were in danger.

Some sources reckon it has something to do with North Korea being a bit upset about a forthcoming film called The Interview, which stars Seth Rogen and multi-purpose irritant James Franco... but then that itself could be a load of cobblers and part of some plan to flog what sounds like quite a terrible film.

North Korea has denied responsibility for the cyber attack, but called the hack a "righteous deed", state media reported. Because when you have something like state media, you have the optimum creepy factor.

And in addition to all that, the group has released the pseudonyms used by a host of celebrities. So, if you want to add some famous people and see if you can whoop them at FIFA, here are some names (which they'll no doubt be changing today):

Tom Hanks goes by "Harry Lauder" and "Johnny Madrid"
Sarah Michelle Gellar goes by "Neely O'Hara"
Tobey Maguire goes by "Neil Deep"
Natalie Portman goes by "Lauren Brown"
Clive Owen goes by "Robert Fenton"
Rob Schneider goes by "Nazzo Good"
Jude Law goes by "Mr. Perry"
Daniel Craig goes by "Olwen Williams"
Jessica Alba goes by "Cash Money
Ice Cube goes by "Darius Stone" and "O'Shea Jackson"
Debra Messing goes by "Ava Harding"

Looks like some celebrities are going to need new fake-names for booking into hotels with.

TOPICS:   Games   Technology


  • Peter
    Everything seems it may be going online now a days, but with all this stuff happening, this feels like a reason why there is still a place for physical media (DVD, Blue Ray, CD, USB, Etc.) Plus why some systems should be able to run off line as well. Plus it feels, to me, it maybe another reason why certain systems and networks should be physically separated from the internet.
  • Peter
    But if they want to be extremely secure, they could lock those machines and networks into Faraday cages as well.

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