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Posted: May 3rd 2011 9:51AM HereticalPenguin said

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@aurickle I could not agree with this more.
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Posted: May 3rd 2011 10:01AM aurickle said

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Rather than making personal attacks against me, if you disagree with the points I'm making why don't you take a stab at refuting them with facts? Where are these points wrong? I'm open for honest debate.
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Posted: May 3rd 2011 11:00AM (Unverified) said

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@aurickle
You are missing the point. I may have some security flaws in my home and personal life. But I do not accept money from other people for the items in my house. Sony entered into a business transaction with their customers and they have a certain liability for the information they have on their customers. Under US law they are required to handle that information in certain ways. If they didn't then they are deserving of the criticism directed at them.
They didn't lose their property, they lost someone else's property. Property they were paid to protect. That's why people like me are upset with Sony.
Are you really comparing this to a bank heist movie? This is the real world, not pretend.
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Posted: May 3rd 2011 11:08AM aurickle said

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And I have absolutely no doubt that there will be a major investigation into this. With that many constituents hit it's a certainty that there's at least one politician who smells an opportunity here.

The difference is that I'm willing to wait for the results of that investigation before declaring them guilty. If an investigation determines that Sony was negligent I'll be happy to pick up a pitchfork. Until then, the reality is that Sony has undoubtedly given better diligence to our personal information than most of us do ourselves and more than most online companies provide.
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Posted: May 3rd 2011 11:12AM Kaoss said

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@(Unverified) I am with this guy. Aurickle I understand where you are coming from, I understand that every company has flaws in their system and no matter who they hire or what they do there will always be flaws, that's just the nature of the beast.
However when Sony decided to be a company that receives money and states that they will protect your private information, they did it knowing that if information that they said they'd protect got out, it would be there fault and they'd have to take responsibility. These flaws are inexcusable and Sony have to, and at last have, taken responsibility and admit they screwed up.
Yes they can never be sure that their system will be bug free, so us users have to be safe with the information we provide, because no matter what the company there will always be security flaws. BUT regardless of that when Sony agreed to take money along with your personal information they also agreed to take full blame and responsibility for compromising any of that, end of story.
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Posted: May 3rd 2011 9:38AM pcgneurotic said

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@Grumms

And now Anonymous have just made enemies of nearly 13 million people. Way to "fux" the system guys! :P

Posted: May 3rd 2011 9:40AM Ryn said

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Actually I think the fix last time around was to let you buy Sation Cash at a discount? Yeah. I would not want to be Sony right now.

If this is Anonymous, they did a hell of a job on Sony. This will be tlked about for years to come, much longer than that free month of DCUO they are going to offer...

Posted: May 3rd 2011 9:41AM Grumms said

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@pcgneurotic Highly doubt they'll be afraid, though. :P But I do see what ya mean!

Posted: May 3rd 2011 10:09AM Halldorr said

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I thought Anonymous already said it wasn't them?

Posted: May 3rd 2011 10:10AM Halldorr said

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Posted: May 3rd 2011 10:42AM Dunraven said

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@Halldorr They claimed it wasn't but at the end of their denial they clearly said.

"You should have expected us" instead of expect us. so they are backhandedly taking responsibility. Which has earned them the hate of most Sony customers as well as two very well known white hat groups I would not want to screw with.
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Posted: May 3rd 2011 10:53AM Halldorr said

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@Dunraven

Ah ok, thanks!
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Posted: May 3rd 2011 10:20AM donweel said

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Sony said that the attack was not Anonymous, the charges against Hotz where dropped after the DDoS attack from Anonymous. That attack was because Hotz was charged by Sony for jailbreaking the PS3. This attack is probably something new motivated by greed.

Posted: May 3rd 2011 10:34AM Gamewench said

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Hmm wonder what will evolve out of this mess regarding internet security.

Posted: May 3rd 2011 10:55AM Dunraven said

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@Gamewench I did a report about this last year and talked to me Dad and some of his coworkers who are Network security specialist. They all seem to agree that the days of anonymousness web access is numbered....that you will have to register with some form of static identification, and heavy penalties will be levied to those who try to circumvent the system and go Anon.

One would that that is too big brother buts a stroll down any London street will tell you they are already putting the infrastructure in place.
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Posted: May 3rd 2011 11:31AM TheCrazyness said

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Sony had the walls with the most cracks and with the biggest bags of gold inside.
On the whole "was it Anon" thing. It's like how terrorists set up shop in Iraq or Iran and start doing their devious deeds. You cant blame Iran/Iraq directly because they themselves werent attacking you, and this is like Anon in that people can see the whole group as one entity, but in reality Anon is just a meeting place. The group itself is the meeting place, but each person has their own groups and goals within that boundary, and that is why you can never bring up charges against them.

Posted: May 3rd 2011 12:14PM Space Cobra said

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Well, the Network was down. Good to see them handling it. Also good on them for publicly coming out with this: They could have easily left us in the dark, like a few other companies have in the past (Microsoft, others).

Not that I am a happy customer and this still is a bitter pill to swallow, but with having the Network down and these updates, they seem to be taking this seriously. This is gonna hurt Sony either way. I don't blame the rage-quitters, but nowhere is safe. Having the same mentality I had during "old school BBS" still serves me well.

Posted: May 3rd 2011 12:26PM svarthymn said

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Just received an eMail from Sony_Online_Entertainment@soe.innovyx.net and all the links go to a innovyx site... seems trustful enough right?

Posted: May 3rd 2011 12:48PM Lenn said

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@svarthymn That's what I got as well. It seems a little fishy. But Innovyx is apparently a legit company. They probably deal with bulk e-mail for others. Better to be safe than sorry, though, and not click on any links until it's been confirmed to be okay.
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Posted: May 3rd 2011 12:56PM Luk said

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@svarthymn
innovyx email is a scam, because there is no reason for the links to lead anywhere on innovyx site. The legit sony email had no links or embedded content, because that would create too much unnecessary traffic.
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