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Sunday, May 8, 2011

PlayStation Network to be Hacked Again? | WebProNews

PlayStation Network to be Hacked Again?

Rumors emerge just as PSN set to go back online

If these latest rumors have merit, then it really couldn’t get any worse for Sony.

CNET is exclusively reporting that an undisclosed group of hackers are planning another attack on the PSN as early as this weekend.  From CNET:

An observer of the Internet Relay Chat channel used by the hackers told CNET today that a third major attack is planned this weekend against Sony’s Web site. The people involved plan to publicize all or some of the information they are able to copy from Sony’s servers, which could include customer names, credit card numbers, and addresses, according to the source. The hackers claim they currently have access to some of Sony’s servers.

Now, this would only be the second separate breach of Sony’s servers since the PSN most recently went down on or around April 19th.  Earlier this week, Sony reported that along with information from PSN and Qriociry, hackers had stolen info from its PC gaming division, Sony Online Entertainment.

According to Sony, this was not a separate attack but stemmed from the original event that forced the shut down of the PSN – though it is entirely possible that Sony just said that to avoid more backlash about the security of their network.  Taking them at their word, this second breach could be devastating to Sony and their customers.

Several weeks ago, activist group Anonymous famously took down several Sony sites as retribution for what they saw as unfair litigation against hacker George “geohot” Hotz.  Although Sony implicated Anonymous in the more recent attacks that forced the PSN shutdown, Anonymous has denied all involvement.

On Wednesday, they issued a press release which detailed their defense against the accusations.  They said that the “We are Legion” file Sony apparently found on its servers must have been a plant, put there to unjustly implicate Anonymous.  They said that it is against Anonymous’ goals to mess with credit card numbers:




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