Wednesday, February 1, 2012

PlayStation hacked!

Have you ever wondered about your game console ever being hacked?  Well Sony PlayStation suffered a massive breach in April 2011.  The online network led to a theft of names, credit card data and addresses, belonging to 77million users.  It was one of the largest security break-ins ever.
         The unauthorized person obtained people’s names, email addresses, usernames, passwords, birth dates, security questions and more.  It took Sony seven days after the information was stolen to tell the public what was going on.  After the public was notified the PlayStation network was shutdown, preventing owners from buying, downloading games and playing with others online.  Not playing online for a week was very tough for some users, especially playing games like modern warfare when interacting with others was more enjoyable then playing by your self.  Parents that had established accounts for their children might also had their data exposed.  How could something like this happen?  Its crazy to think that our personal information is not safe anymore and anybody can take and abuse it.  After Sony alerted the public they never mentioned how the data was compromised, so you could wonder how the hacker used all the information that he or she received.  Sony hired a security firm to investigate to see what really happened.  The company suspects that the data was hacked between April 17th and April 19th.  Sony thinks the hacker probably hacked into an administrator’s computer who had contact with all the personal information and put a virus into their email message.  The person clicked on the message and the virus went into the message and got downloaded into that person’s computer.  Then they started taking files of costumer’s information.  For a precaution Sony told its users to place fraud alerts on their credit card accounts just to be safe.  Honesty the credit cards are not the most valuable information the hackers could of took because you can easily replace your card with another.  John Abell, New York bureau chief of has said the most valuable information that the hacker could take is e-mail addresses.  Have you ever received those emails where you won a prize or somebody offers you a job, or a bank you never heard of claiming somebody has taken money out of your account? And when you click on it, it shows random stuff like a different language or tries to get information out of you? These emails are tricking you and only putting viruses on your computer.  Those who had their information exposed to the hackers are probably getting emails from them claiming to be Sony, always be cautious when looking through emails.  If something looks suspicious don’t open it. 
The PlayStation franchise has been a steady enterprise even though video games and hardware sales have declined around the world but it is still a great product for Sony especially when they are coming up with new technically each year.  They had a downfall, but it only made the company much stronger.  Other companies in the world can learn from them and see the mistakes they did, to make their companies more secure.
more information, check out this article a guy in Alabama is suing Sony.


  1. I remember this happening. My boyfriend was really angry because he couldn't play online, ha. Frankly I wasn't that concerned about my personal information getting out. The group that hacked them is the group named "Anonymous". If I remember correctly, the hack was a personal attack against Sony for a lawsuit that had against a member? Or something of the sort. The amount of money they lost due to the hack is a large amount. I have to say if I had a personal vendetta against a company/person you hit them where it hurts, and they certainly did. They cost Sony to lose out on money, and also called the question of how safe it was to stay with Sony as consumers. That being said, I do agree that our information is far from safe on the internet.

  2. I remember reading about this,that hacker group Anonymous is really interesting. They seem to be politically motivated instead of monetarily like most hacker groups.

    Two of my good friends own PS3's and where a little concerned about their personal information because they had used credit cards on the online system. Hypothetically, those hackers could steal money from some of my friends. Big gaff for Sony who should be doing more to protect their subscribers personal information.

  3. I do not have a ps3 but I remember this incident and was grateful to have a xbox but I know that the group Anonymous did this because they strongly believe that the people who purchased ps3's should be able to modify their console to fit their needs. One user was sued for modifying his PlayStation 3.

  4. That is crazy! I have a PS3, but I don't use it to play online. I can't stand the thought of something like that happening to me. I just wouldn't want my credit card information and everything saved in their network. Also, with those fake e-mails, everyone should know not to click on those kind of things. When I first got an e-mail account, my parents made sure that I knew that there were those kind of people out there who would try to trick me.