This just keeps getting uglier. In a letter to Congress, Sony blamed the notorious vigilante group Anonymous for recent cyberattacks on Sony's network, exposing personal data of more than 100 million gamers. Anonymous was quick to deny involvement, simply stating, "Let's be clear, we are legion, but it wasn't us. You are incompetent Sony." Whether or not that's true, Sony hopes to find out in an ongoing investigation, but in the meantime, at least one more attack appears imminent.
Amidst the fallout from the PlayStation Network hack, Sony claimed yesterday that the Internet vigilante group Anonymous was responsible for the attack. But today the well-known hacktivist group denied any involvement with the theft of credit card numbers. The statement is carefully worded, though. Could there be more to this?
“We are Legion.” So said a file – titled “Anonymous,” naturally – that Sony allegedly discovered while combing through the smoldering wreckage of its hacked-to-pieces online infrastructure. Sony revealed that juicy bit of evidence in response to a Congressional hearing over data breaches, which – in itself – was the closest thing to a live evisceration you'll ever see broadcasted on CSPAN.
They say things have to get worse before they can get better. For Sony, that's apparently a threat – not a promise. First PSN went poof, then Sony announced that some hacker got their keyboard-calloused mitts on everyone's personal info, and now, well, you can probably see where this is headed. Yep: straight to court.
For what feels like years, people have been trying to figure out why Sony's elected to take PSN offline for nearly a week. The good news: You can stop wondering. The bad news: Do you value, say, your credit card info, address, birthdate, and PSN login? Well, Sony now “believes” that some sticky fingered ne'erdowell has made off with all that and more.
Sony has simply blamed the ongoing PSN outage on an “external intrusion” without going into the exact cause and nature of this unrelenting crisis - equal parts technical disaster and public relations fiasco. According to a Redditor named chesh420, who only identified himself as a PSX-Scene.com moderator, the current PSN outage could be the result of a new custom firmware (CFW) named Rebug that “essentially turns a retail console into a dev console (not fully, but gives you a lot of the same options that usually dev's only have access to).”
It’s been a relatively busy week in terms of service disruptions with Amazon’s elastic cloud malfunction taking down dozens of the web’s most popular websites, and now an ongoing Playstation Network outage is stretching into its fourth day, with no end in sight. According to a blog post by Patrick Seybold, Sr Director of Corporate Communications, Sony will continue to work on resolving the issue around the clock, but couldn’t commit to an exact time when service would be restored.
Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) went down early Thursday morning. Usually, when a large scale service like this goes dark, it's quickly restored. This time, we're coming up on two days of outage without a resolution in sight. Perhaps more concerning, Sony has been silent on the issue since midday yesterday.
That didn’t take too long, did it? Embattled hacker George Francis Hotz, aka Geohot, who is being sued by Sony for jailbreaking the PS3, has announced that the legal defense fund he launched on Saturday, February 19 is now closed for fresh donations, having met its initial funding goal within a couple of days.
In the wake of PS3 unlock hacks released by Geohot and fail0verflow, Sony has felt it necessary to issue a statement warning users away from such activities. In a recent statement, the console maker made it clear that the use of these tools to run unsigned content will result in a permanent PSN ban. This is a similar stance to that of Microsoft on Xbox piracy.