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Apr 29 2011   2:28PM GMT

PlayStation Network Info for Sale

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood Profile: Joshua Wood

Hi all,

The Interwebs have been buzzing about the PlayStation Network (PSN) having been hacked. And it seems not just hacked for the purpose of disabling a few services or causing some random dismay with outages; the hackers actually gleaned most of the credit card data on Sony’s PSN and are putting it up for sale. Sony is trying to work on the PR front by hiring an external security firm to review the situation. They obviously and rightfully don’t trust their internal security people at this point but will an external company make things better? Most people would agree that the security firm should have been called BEFORE someone made off with customer data.

It is pretty interesting to see Sony on the defensive from customers with regards to the rights of their information. With Sony having been the perceived bully in the digital rights area for so long there are bound to be many people looking to reverse the tables. If even a few of them succeed in court a landslide of other law suits could be filed. Then there is the issue with the fact that no one wants to use the service that the PS3 desperately needs in order to be competitive in the console market. Sony just an uphill battle even steeper.

Until next time,
TechStop

Sources:
Sony Sued: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31021_3-20057921-260.html
PSN Credit Card Info for Sale: http://www.techtree.com/India/News/Hackers_put_up_PSN_Credit_Card_Info_for_Sale/551-115147-585.html
Sophos Called in for Review: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-13192359

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