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177w ago - Today Sony's Senior Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media Patrick Seybold has made available another PlayStation Network security update to clarify some common PSN concerns, as follows:

On Tuesday, April 26 we shared that some information that was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network. Once again, we'd like to apologize to the many users who were inconvenienced and worried abut this situation.

We want to state this again given the increase in speculation about credit card information being used fraudulently. One report indicated that a group tried to sell millions of credit card numbers back to Sony. To my knowledge there is no truth to this report of a list, or that Sony was offered an opportunity to purchase the list.

One other point to clarify is from this weekend's press conference. While the passwords that were stored were not "encrypted," they were transformed using a cryptographic hash function. There is a difference between these two types of security measures which is why we said the passwords had not been encrypted. But I want to be very clear that the passwords were not stored in our database in [Register or Login to view links] form. For a description of the difference between encryption and hashing, [Register or Login to view links].

To reiterate a few other security measures for your information: Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking.

When the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services are fully restored, we strongly recommend that you log on and change your password. Additionally, if you use your PlayStation Network or Qriocity user name or password for other unrelated services or accounts, we strongly recommend that you change them, as well. To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we encourage you to remain vigilant, to review your account statements and to monitor your credit reports.

We continue to work with law enforcement and forensic experts to identify the criminals behind the attack. Once again, we apologize for causing users concern over this matter.

Our objective is to increase security so our customers can safely and confidently play games and use our network and media services. We will continue to provide updates as we have them.

Sony has also suspended another of its online gaming systems, following the recent PlayStation Network hack. The company took the Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) service offline as part of its wider investigation into security breaches. Multiplayer games including DC Universe and Facebook-based Fortune League were unavailable as a result.

Sony admitted last week that the personal details of 77m PlayStation users may have been stolen by hackers. The suspension of SOE was announced in brief statement on its website, PlayStation.com.

To quote from the [Register or Login to view links]: We have had to take the SOE service down temporarily. In the course of our investigation into the intrusion into our systems we have discovered an issue that warrants enough concern for us to take the service down effective immediately. We will provide an update later today (Monday), it said.

Last week, Sony said that it did not believe SOE users had been affected by the PlayStation Network hack.

A community relations spokesperson wrote on one of Sony's support forums at the time: We have been conducting a thorough investigation and, to the best of our knowledge, no customer personal information got out to any unauthorized person or persons.

We are continuing that investigation and monitoring the situation carefully; should the situation change, we will - of course - promptly notify you.

Sony Online Entertainment designs and publishes online multiplayer games for the PC, PlayStation 3 and, in the case of Fortune League, Facebook.







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#341 - GrandpaHomer - 175w ago
Also - one quite suspicious aspect about all this is the "moving to the more secure location" - why would they need to do that if it was purelly outside attack? Or did they hosted it untill now in somebody's bedroom or what??

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#340 - daveshooter - 175w ago
“a very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack,”

This may be true Sony, but they would of needed some small amount of inside help one way or another, whether you admit that or not.

I still do not believe the group that allegedly did this will harm anyone other than pissing off Sony, and if reports come out that they are selling this info, then it will most likely to be fake or some kind of entrapment lol.

Sony was told about this months ago, they didn't find this, Sony didn't know they had a shadow on their system nor would they have, until they was told.

If I remember they was told Sony's system was insecure and needed addressing for the public's safety, and Sony being Sony thought they knew best and did nothing, so the group being the Jedi's nights luckily in this matter have saved the day and saved the data from the evil Sony empire and the black market, and made Sony sit up and smell the coffee and take note to stop this data getting into the wrong hands.

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#339 - PS3 News - 175w ago
Interesting indeed, +Rep for the update GrandpaHomer.

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#338 - GrandpaHomer - 175w ago
Bloomberg reports:

Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN)’s Web Services cloud- computing unit was used by hackers in last month’s attack against Sony Corp. (6758)’s online entertainment systems, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

Hackers using an alias signed up to rent a server through Amazon’s EC2 service and launched the attack from there, said the person, who requested anonymity because the information is confidential. The account has been shut down, the person said.

The development sheds light on how hackers used the so- called cloud to carry out the second-biggest online theft of personal information to date. The incursion, which compromised the personal accounts of more than 100 million Sony customers, was “a very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack,” Sony has said.

Drew Herdener, a spokesman for Seattle-based Amazon, declined to comment.

“We’re continuing to work with law enforcement in an ongoing investigation into the situation,” said Patrick Seybold, a U.S. spokesman for Tokyo-based Sony. “As such, we will not comment further on this matter.”

The hackers didn’t break into the Amazon servers, the person said. Rather, they signed up for the service just as a legitimate company would, using fake information.

Even so, the breach at Amazon is likely to call attention to concerns some businesses have voiced over the security of computing services delivered via others’ remote servers, referred to as cloud computing.

Cloud security is Amazon’s top priority, Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos said at an event sponsored by Consumer Reports magazine this week.

Rented Servers

“Data security is one of these great dynamic situations where the bad guys get better, and the good guys have to keep getting better too -- it’s not a static situation,” Bezos said, Fast Company’s website reported. “I don’t think this is ever going away -- it’s like trying to say that you’re going to get crime to go away.”

The use of a hijacked or rented server to launch attacks is typical for sophisticated hackers. The proliferation of server farms around the globe has made such misdirection easier, said E.J. Hilbert, president of the security company Online Intelligence and a former FBI cyber-crime investigator.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation will likely subpoena Amazon as part of its investigation process, or it may try to obtain a search warrant, Hilbert said.

“The subpoena will give law enforcement a history of the transactions,” or who had access to the specific Internet address at that time, Hilbert said. “The search warrant will get them more detailed information, including payment information and which credit card was used.”

Amazon Service

Herdener declined to say whether Amazon has been subpoenaed or served with a search warrant.

FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth, a spokesman for the agency’s San Diego office, said he couldn’t comment on whether the agency had served Amazon with a search warrant or subpoena.

“We are following up on each and every lead,” Foxworth said.


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And just on the side note:
“The search warrant will get them more detailed information, including payment information and which credit card was used.”

Surely only idiot would use his / her own credit card for that - it it was so "highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack" then they'd either use the stolen card or prepaid one. Either way this lead would be pretty much useless. And indeed, in the same terms - from which location / IP was the transaction performed and any consequentuall access to the rented cloud space done.

And - for those liking the bit of conspiracy - why not assume that even the Amazon "failure due the the update / backup" was not for example another part of the cover up of the attack to Sony?

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#337 - anon777 - 175w ago
i know right..

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