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Sony Online Entertainment Services Follow PSN Down 184

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the everything-is-totally-fine dept.
nam37 writes "Sony Online Entertainment's various services seem to be down and a message on the official site does not give much information on the particulars. According to a short post on the site, the services were taken down after an investigation revealed a deeper 'intrusion' than expected at first. This is the first we have heard that Sony's MMORPG arm had some sort of security breach. This could be part of Sony's plans to beef up security for the PlayStation Network, but this message seems to indicate that something more serious going on."
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Sony Online Entertainment Services Follow PSN Down

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  • by Attila Dimedici (1036002) on Monday May 02, 2011 @11:13AM (#36000474)
    I do not believe that this is an example of vigilante justice. I believe that it may be an example of vigilante justice. However, simple criminal greed would also explain what happened here. It is possible that some criminal hacker targeted Sony because they thought there was a particluar weakness in Sony's security that they could take advantage of and, that of the likely targets, Sony was the one most likely to yeild a large amount of profitable information. Of course, it could also be someone who targeted Sony because of Sony's various transgressions and figured that anyone who did business with Sony deserved to be ripped off. At this point, there is insufficient evidence to reach a conclusion.
  • Re:Ya know I just (Score:5, Insightful)

    by eepok (545733) on Monday May 02, 2011 @11:14AM (#36000484) Homepage

    It's not Sony that may have irreparable damage done to them... it's the users.

  • by MoonBuggy (611105) on Monday May 02, 2011 @11:20AM (#36000568) Journal

    Sony has done a great deal to incur the wrath of an awful lot of geeky people, and their failure to understand that aspect of the market may be their downfall.

    I certainly hope so, but it seems to have done them very little harm so far. The CD rootkits got a lot of internet ranting, but didn't actually seem to impact sales in any appreciable manner. Hotz talked about forcing them to fight in court, but he caved when he realised just how unpleasant they could make his life (an issue of the legal system, certainly, but that's a separate matter). The disappearance of OtherOS hasn't actually led to any successful claims against Sony that I know of. The list goes on...

    Maybe this'll be the straw that broke the camel's back, I suppose - even if all those other things didn't really damage them, it's not like there's any goodwill left either. Although personal data leaks tend to generate a bit of hot air in the mass media, they rarely deal a critical blow to the company in question; cutting off millions people's entertainment, on the other hand, is likely to provoke a reaction much stronger than they're used to dealing with.

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