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Posted: Apr 26th 2011 6:14PM wookiehole said

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am i the only one that smells a class action lawsuit coming down sony's driveway? quick act now and get in on that $5 check 4 years down the line.

Posted: Apr 27th 2011 2:39PM jslim419 said

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@wookiehole

really? a class action lawsuit? well i'll be damned your the first person ever on any gaming site ever to suggest a class action lawsuit because you couldn't play your game for a week..... ever
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Posted: Apr 27th 2011 10:57PM (Unverified) said

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@jslim419
I'm sure it has nothing to do with the fact that not only was it unavailable but personal information that was provided to them with the understanding it was safe from events such as this.
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Posted: Apr 26th 2011 6:15PM tepster said

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I've been a PS3 fan for a long time but this is utterly disappointing.
Thanks Sony for keeping security in mind when designing your network.
I'm so disgusted I won't be buying from PSN anymore.

Posted: Apr 27th 2011 2:42PM jslim419 said

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@tepster

technically speaking no online network can be 100% secure. in order to be 100% secure it would have to be a closed network. which you wouldn't be able to connect to anyways. if you can connect to a network, or computer then it can most definitely be breached no matter what level of security they are using.
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Posted: Apr 26th 2011 6:24PM Syesta said

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Welcome to the Party, Sony.

-Signed,
ChoicePoint
Epsilon
TJMaxx
CardSystems
Heartland
The Department of Veteran Affairs
Certegy
etc.

Posted: Apr 26th 2011 7:04PM ultimateq said

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@HokieKC "It only does 80710A06" - Hilarious.
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Posted: Apr 26th 2011 6:57PM Germaximus said

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lol Sony isnt the only one that can get attacked, theyre just the only one that pissed off its current attackers.

Nothings safe.

Posted: Apr 26th 2011 7:08PM Yellowdancer said

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Sony has been fighting security issues for months with the PS3. They've managed to keep it really quiet. It just happened to blow up in their face with this one...which is why they are rebuilding their systems now.

Posted: Apr 26th 2011 9:31PM Icemasta said

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@Yellowdancer
Well, it's pretty ironic here. Let's compare Xbox live and the PSN.

The Xbox 360 was swiftly hacked and hackers were able to get on xbox live pretty quickly, Microsoft did very little things to counter those other than setting a Warden-like anti-hacked console system that would detect and ban you from the live if it detected your console as hacked. Hackers didn't feel the need to delve deeper, they had done what they wanted to do. The Xbox Live security system in this scenario is stable because it's scanning stuff that is predictable.

The PS3 was hacked pretty quickly too, the problem was Sony continually releasing firmware updates to counter hacks. Each security change should lead to a full security check before release, something they very rarely do because it's freaking time consuming. The PSN security network has to be kept up to date with the changes. What happened here is that with the last firmware update by sony, some code was found that allowed a console to be turned into dev mode and give access to the dev network on the PSN and thus allowed people to get rights they shouldn't have gotten.

So basically the draconian anti-piracy measures that Sony use backfired pretty badly.
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Posted: Apr 26th 2011 7:29PM Twitchy5 said

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I'm still skeptical whether they intentionally shut it down because they wanted to bring bad reputation on Anonymous.
Anonymous, if you didn't know, attacked Sony because they were suing a guy because he put a video out on how to jailbreak the PS3, Sony then got mad and a few days later, this. Still not sure, but it sure as hell backfired if they did it for that purpose.

Posted: Apr 26th 2011 9:22PM DevilSei said

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@Twitchy5
http://www.joystiq.com/2011/04/23/psn-outage-due-to-external-intrusion/
http://www.joystiq.com/2011/04/25/rumor-rebug-custom-firmware-enabled-free-psn-downloads-for/

Two major possible reasons, both dealing with inherent issues in the PSN system, so they had to shut the service down before any more harm could be done. They are also taking the time to completely rebuild said systems to patch the holes, which is taking time.
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Posted: Apr 26th 2011 9:32PM Icemasta said

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@Twitchy5
Go check up on psx-scene.com on the forums. As posted above, the latest firmware update and the custom firmware that was released soon after are the most likely reason for being released.
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Posted: Apr 26th 2011 7:39PM SolitudeZero said

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@Twitchy5

Either this.

Or.

Anonymous aren't the White Knights everyone is making them out to be and this very well was the plan all along.

Steal private info because that's all script kiddies like them are good for.

If it's the fault of Sony, hopefully they'll put out an apology and some reimbursement, but that's doubtful.

If it's Anonymous then I hope that they get some form of legal ass kicking for what they did, but that's also doubtful.

Posted: Apr 26th 2011 8:34PM Ryn said

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I believe it was Anonymous. And no, they aren't the White Knights of the situation. I don't think they have a grasp on what they choose to support. DDOS attacks will not change business practices of a corporation. The consumer not buying that service for a certain reason will.

Although I have to admit, their slogan is catchy:

We do not forgive
We do not forget
Expect us

Posted: Apr 26th 2011 9:28PM DevilSei said

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@Ryn

Anonymous loves to brag, plain and simple. IF they did do it, we'd of been hearing about it from them. They've also stated plainly that they in no way wanted to hurt the customers, just the "corporate a$$holes" so to speak. Everything on their side from what I've seen and heard is completely silent, so I honestly doubt Anonymous would even think of doing this.
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Posted: Apr 26th 2011 8:37PM Lateris said

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I am so glad I never entered my debit card -

Posted: Apr 26th 2011 8:48PM (Unverified) said

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Ah Anonymous, the clowns of the internet.

Posted: Apr 26th 2011 8:53PM tmarg said

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Has Anonymous ever done anything other that stupid ddos attacks? They are a bunch of clowns. This has nothing to do with them.

As for what responsibility Sony has, it isn't their fault that someone hacked them, but it is their fault that their network wasn't more secure, and it is definitely their fault that they chose to hold off in notifying their customers that their data had been compromised.

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