By now it's no secret that Sony sucks at cybersecurity. The company's movie business, Sony Pictures Entertainment, was recently hit with what may end up being the biggest corporate hack in history. It's not the first time Sony has laid claim to that title. And, if history is any guide, it probably won't be the last.
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Remember when those hackers kicked Sony's door in last year, nicking off with quite a lot of Playstation Network data and leaving the service offline for the better part of a month? A few users were miffed off by this and decided to sue. Bad news for them this morning though, after the judge dismissed most of the class action suit, saying that Sony got off simply because it never promised the Playstation Network would be perfect.
After the PlayStation Network was hacked earlier this year, Sony tried to welcome back users with free games. They've now extended the apology by offering a year's free access to CSIdentity's identity protection services, including CyberAgent Internet Surveillance. Here's the email they're sending out.
Shortly past midnight, U.S. Pacific Time, Sony announced that PlayStation Network service had been restored in Canada, all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. PSN, down for 22 days following a massive cyberattack on April 19, continues to be restored in stages in Europe and in other regions.
It's believed that members of Anonymous, a group of hackers and activists, are behind the attacks on the PlayStation Network. While the group's "leaders" have dismissed these claims, the fact they're seen as "leaders" at all may have become a bit of a problem.
As last week's promised date for the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services to go back online passed us by, Sony users must be feeling pretty antsy right about now. It's not looking good, however, as Sony's spokesperson told Bloomberg that they now plan to have the services up and running by May 31.
According to details from Sony themselves in a letter to congressional subcommittee, Sony was aware that data had been removed from their systems six days before warning customers that accounts had been compromised. All dates and times from Sony's missive to Congress.
The cyber attack that knocked the PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment offline for more than a week was a "very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack designed to steal personal and credit card information," according to a letter from Sony to members of Congress obtained by Kotaku today.
The good news is that after more than a week of being offline, Sony has confirmed that it will be bringing its PSN service back online within a week after it was hacked open just before Easter. But given the details that were stolen by the hackers, has Sony done enough? Gizmodo takes on Kotaku to discover whether or not the Japanese giant has stepped up to the challenge of rectifying the flaws that led to the security breach.
Sony's recent run of legal and now technical issues with hackers can be traced back to a single decision: that of removing the ability to run the Linux operating system on the PlayStation 3. While Sony cut Linux out of piracy fears, fans were upset that it brought to an end over a decade of custom and homebrew development on PlayStation consoles.
Within a week?! WITHIN A WEEK?! It's already been over a week! Sony's still hard at work attempting to restore operations after the security breach, and is moving the PSN network infrastructure and data centre "to a new, more secure location".
Personal details, and maybe even credit card details as well, have been stolen from the PlayStation Network after hackers broke into the system sometime before April 19. But why did it take Sony so long to tell its customers - me! You! Your neighbour! - that they were hacked?
Sony's Playstation Network has been down for the past six days, and the company is unsure when it will go back online. Not only that, but a whole heap of users personal data has been compromised in the hack that sent the service offline. While we wait for Sony to bring online back to Playstation gamers around the world, here are five things you can do that might ease the withdrawal symptoms you're currently experiencing.