May 4, 2011

When It Rains, It Pours

Boy oh boy….I guess it will get worse before it gets better. Where to start? Well everyone knows about the hack and loss of data. Time for the legal stuff.  About a week ago a law firm filed a class action lawsuit on Sony… that was only the beginning. Today a Toronto law firm  McPhadden Samac Tuovi LLP, filed against Sony Japan, Sony USA, Sony Canada, and “other Sony entities”, saying  Sony must pay their client for the “costs of credit monitoring services and fraud insurance coverage for two years”. Oh and here’s the kicker they are suing for the low, low price of one billion dollars. Sounds like the kind of number a comic book villian would ask for ransom of a city. If two lawsuits weren’t enough, Sony had to answer to the U.S. House of Representatives. Sony’s CEO, Kazuo Hirai, submitted six pages worth of answers to the House of Representatives. Here is a little of what was in the letter:

-Sony has been the victim of a very carefully planned, professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack.

-They discovered that the intruders had planted a file on one of our Sony Online Entertainment servers named “Anonymous” with the words “We are Legion.”

-By April 25, forensic teams were able to confirm the scope of the personal data they believed had been taken, and could not rule out whether credit card information had been accessed. On April 26, they notified customers of those facts.

-As of today, the major credit card companies have not reported any fraudulent transactions that they believe are the direct result of this cyber attack.

-Protecting individuals’ personal data is the highest priority and ensuring that the Internet can be made secure for commerce is also essential. Worldwide, countries and businesses will have to come together to ensure the safety of commerce over the Internet and find ways to combat cyber crime and cyber terrorism.

-Sony is taking a number of steps to prevent future breaches, including enhanced levels of data protection and encryption; enhanced ability to detect software intrusions, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns; additional firewalls; establishment of a new data center in an undisclosed location with increased security; and the naming of a new Chief Information Security Officer.

Most of this was already stated in Sony’s press conference earlier this week. Sony is getting put through the ringer for its failure to keep their data secure. Who knows what else is to come. Probably more lawsuits and legal action. With this snowballing like it is, I can’t wait to tune into Sony’s conference at E3. Can we say giveaways?


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  2. CharcoalCoyote - May 6, 2011 9:23 am

    I always buy cards, mainly because I don’t have a credit card. That’s not the kind of info I’d want to just straight GIVE to anyone.

  3. ScrotusKilmystr - May 6, 2011 8:56 am

    P2P or dedicated aside it’s all about security Sony didn’t have sufficient security protocols in place and now they are going to pay in one form on another at the bare minimum lost profits for down time
    and to reply to gamecultists post when you enter your personal information online you are trusting that site to protect your intrests if they fail as Sony has then they have broken that promise that your data will be safe!!
    Identity theft is so simple to do anymore and so hard to fix ” I had a issue with indent theft about 2 years ago” I survived but I am very cautious when it comes to putting cc#’s online
    If XBL was ever hit like that I would mostly likely do the same…. This makes a good argument for using point cards and sub cards instead of dumping your cc on XBL PSN 123 QRD LMNOP!!

  4. CharcoalCoyote - May 5, 2011 7:51 pm

    There’s another argument for Dedicated Servers. My biggest is the sense of community. It’s one thing to meet some random people in Halo 3 matchmaking and party up for a few games. It’s a totally different thing to go back to the same Halo PC server for weeks, until you know every regular there by name (real name) and feel like a family. “Fair Matchmaking” is for people obsessed with numbers and leveling.

  5. thsoundman - May 5, 2011 5:43 pm

    This right here is the main case for dedicated servers. You can’t take down every dedicated server on the planet… you might be able to take down a couple hundred if you have a larged dedicated effort but when you are dealing with a single location such as sony it becomes far easier to do this. The biggest problem i have with the P2P multiplayer hosted by sony in microsoft is just this. There is no control.

    If they encouraged dedicated servers for their games this would never of happened and people would never have had their credit cards stolen… at least not on this fashion and sony wouldn’t have had their entire multiplayer network down for damn near a month or longer if this continues.

    Sony is now going to pay for this set of thinking. If they walk out of this with paying anything less then 100million in fines I would be suprised.

  6. CharcoalCoyote - May 5, 2011 3:51 pm

    Anonymous isn’t really a “hacker group” per se. It’s more of a random conglomeration of individuals on the internet. Random is the key word. One second they’re righteously avenging an abused animal, the next they’re stalking some 13 year old online. While no doubt whoever hacked the PSN has had some interaction with Anonymous (hence the “We are Legion” quote), it is very difficult to mark who is and who isn’t a “member”. There is no true “leader”, with support going to whoever has the most persuasive argument. Attacking Anonymous is like attacking “fans” of something: It’s very hard to prove who is and isn’t a “fan”, and loyalty is practically nothing, wavering when convenient.

  7. AceOfNades69 - May 5, 2011 3:39 pm


    Sony heads have hinted that the hacker group Anonymous was responsible for the attack, but anonymous continues to deny this giving a few points :

    -Anonymous has never been known to engage in credit card theft
    -Many of the people Anonymous has worked against in the past has been known to have lied to the public about them. “There is no corporation in existence that will choose the truth when lies are more conveninent.”
    -Anonymous allows reporters in to their operating channels to see their work.
    -Whoever did perform the credit card theft on the PSN did so contrary to Anonymous’ beliefs and intentions.

  8. gamecultist - May 5, 2011 11:29 am

    People are stupid, losing trust so quickly in Sony.

    Either way, loads and loads of these lawsuits will pop up now. If they hold any merit Sony will be paying through the nose, hurting the entire gaming industry…

  9. red_hood - May 4, 2011 11:29 pm

    This is really hurting sony..i work in a store that buys and sells games systems and games and we’ve had a big surge in people trading in their ps3’s just because the psn is down and they just dont trust sony anymore


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