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Sony hires three firms to investigate PSN breach

Wed 04 May 2011 11:29am GMT / 7:29am EDT / 4:29am PDT
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Sony has hired three outside security firms to investigate the PSN security breach that has left 77 million PSN accounts and 26 million SOE accounts vulnerable to hackers.

The hardware firm has retained Data Forte, a team led by a former U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service officer to work with FBI agents on the illegal activity, according to Reuters.

Security detectives from Guidance Software and Protiviti consultants are also involved in the investigation, after Sony discovered personal details, credit and debit card information and online passwords and identities were stolen.

As a result, the popular PlayStation Network service has been offline for two weeks, with developers and content providers unable to sell services and games to consumers.

Sony has promised to make amends for the downtime but has so far been unable offer any concrete timings for reinstating the service.

9 Comments

Sony: The Bounty - this would make a good thriller film

Posted:3 years ago

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Tim Wright Managing Director, Tantrumedia Limited

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I am surprised Sony haven't offered a "Reward for information leading to..." yet.

Posted:3 years ago

#2
This whole thing keeps reminding me of the Shadowrun universe. Deckers breaking open a corporate database, the corporation hiring counter-hackers...

Posted:3 years ago

#3

Dom Almond

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The next time these hackers try to attack Sony, they need to keep the Ps3 gamers out of it. If they want the gamers to support their cause, which I've read they do, then they need do it in a way that doesn't affect our online gaming.

Posted:3 years ago

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Chris Tux Consultant

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@PURE666EVIL

This isn't an attack by "anonymous". If anything, anonymous just provided the opportunity for the real hacker to strike. This has ZERO to do with your online gaming time.

This is a MASSIVE failure to secure data by Sony and 100 MILLION identities were stolen due to their poor security. This is so far beyond your online gaming it's not even comprehensible. The data that was lost will cost people and companies hundreds of millions of dollars for the next decade and beyond.

Even with the FBI involved, the rumor I'm hearing is that the hacker was from overseas which means there's little that can be done at this point - this data is lost. ID's WILL BE stolen. SOE wasn't even going to shut down their services (after learning of the breach) until the FBI forced them to do so.

This goes well beyond your PS3 playtime mate.

Posted:3 years ago

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Philip Wilson Project Manager/QA

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Sony can deny it (or not mention it) all they want but there are people who (2 of which I know) have seen fraudulent activity on their credit cards that were tied to their PSN account.

Posted:3 years ago

#6

Jamie Watson Studying Bachelor of Games & Interactive Entertainment, Queensland University of Technology

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this just shows one reason why its better to use those PSN cards rather then your credit card. This way if something like this happens someone cant steal your CC account details.

Sony needs to fix this up big time or ask some "good" hackers to fix it for them as they obviously cant do security very well.

thank goodness i dont have a PSN account!

Posted:3 years ago

#7

Joe Bognar PR Account Executive / Journalist

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Let the show begin...

Posted:3 years ago

#8

PATRICK CHUDE Studying MSc. Information Systems, University of Surrey

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it seems like Sony were negligent on the protection of our details. I just watched a video of a Dr. Gene Spafford. He said that Sony were using an outdated version of Apache and also, it lacked a firewall.

From Destructoid:-
"Sony responded to the questions from the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade with an open letter yesterday. But Dr. Gene Spafford, professor at the department of Computer Science at Purdue University, noted something interesting when speaking at the hearing.

Presumably, both companies are large enough that they could have afforded to spend an appropriate amount on security and privacy protections of their data; I have no information about what protections they had in place, although some news reports indicate that Sony was running software that was badly out of date, and had been warned about that risk."

Youtube Clip showing the enitre hearing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2P58L1deE...

Posted:3 years ago

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