Sony have been fined over the 2011 incidents that saw the PSN hacked by outsiders and millions of consumers' secure data breached and compromised.
The UK Information Commissioners Office stated at the time that there would be an investigation into the "external intrusions", and they settled on £250,000 fine this week, labelling the crisis the "most serious breach" they've ever had to deal with, and releasing a video statement on the matter this morning.Click here for the video and Sony's response >>
First of all came the threat from Anonymous to destroy Sony's network for supporting SOPA in the first place.
"Yet again, we have decided to destroy your network," threatened the video. "We will dismantle your phantom from the internet. Prepare to be extinguished. Justice will be swift, and it will be for the people, whether some like it or not."Click here to read more...
The Playstation Network is slowly getting back to its feet, but the repercussions are still being felt, none more so than Sony themselves, who today released a statement admitting the crash may have cost the company £105 million. Sony have yet to identify the source of the crash - although have confirmed an outside source, possibly disgruntled hackers, are responsible - which left the Playstation Network down for 25 days.Click here for more from Sony
Matt's already brought you the scoop on the hackers who cracked into the Deus Ex: Human Revolution site and snagged confidential date from over 80, 000 users. But the group of individuals - rumoured to be an offshoot from hacker cabal Anonymous - have moved to reassure fans of the game that Eidos' title is at no risk, whatsoever. It had been rumoured that the hackers had access to Human Revolution's code and could, if willing, leak it online.
But Venuism, a hacker linked to the group and the attack on Eidos' site, claims they're being "framed" by rivals, and promise they don't want to "scam you, steal credit cards and do dirty stuff with them". There appears to be a bit of internal strife amongst those responsible for hacking the system, and Venuism admits data from the hack may have been leaked. We'll have more for you on this as it develops. [Eurogamer]
KrebsOnSecurity. a website offering in-depth security news and investigation, has reported that hackers broke into the the Deus Ex and Eidos websites, defacing them with the banner 'Owned By Chippy1337' and possibly '[stealing] information on at least 80,000 Deus Ex users' along with 9,000 resumes.
Krebs say they obtained the information having lifted the logs of the hackers' 'online chatter', which reveal discussions pertaining to the leaking of 'src', believed to refer to source code, although it is not yet clear whether that alludes to that of the site or Deus Ex or other games.Click here for more info on the hack...
Anonymous, who many believe to be responsible for the PSN crash fiasco, have denied any involvement in the issue, namely the theft of 12, 700 credit card and 10, 700 direct debit details. The hacker cabal, who rose to prominence following George 'Geohot' Hotz legal dispute with Sony over cracking the latter's PS3 firmware, have long promised retribution on the Japanese giant. Sony have since blamed the group for distracting them from the real threat of attack.
But in a statement released today, Anonymous refuted claims of any involvement, explaining "If a legitimate and honest investigation into credit card theft is conducted, Anonymous will not be found liable". Thousands of PSN subscribers who store confidential details - such as credit or debit card accounts - on their PS3s are now at risk of not only losing those details, but having them end up in the hands of less morally upstanding individuals. Anonymous, however, claim they do "not condone credit card theft". And so the saga continues. What's next? Microsoft helped fund the would-be hackers? Saucy! [Venture Beat]
Hacker cabal, Anonymous, who many suspected were behind the PSN outage controversy that has been raging since April the 21st, have long denied involvement with the issue, despite threatening Sony with such an attack. However, while Sony has admitted an outside party was responsible for the crash, they, too, have ruled out Anonymous.
Speaking at their conference, Kaz Hirai told a reporter "Anonymous has not been implicated in any way with the current attacks". I'm actually astounded we - or seemingly Sony themselves - have no idea who's responsible for the outage. They've even enlisted the help of the FBI and Department of Homeland Security to identify the culprit(s). Brendan has more for you on Sony's conference and the PSN situation right here.
Anonymous, the online hacktivist collective, are the top of everyone's suspect list as the organisation behind recent "external intrusions" that have caused the Playstation Network to shut down. However, they've recently released a public statement denying all responsibility, after doing so several times via email and IRC.
As mentioned in previous coverage, Anonymous is a broadly leaderless collective rather than a bona fide organisation, and the statement suggests that the core Anon Ops was not involved but that "it could be the case that other anons have acted by themselves." It's equally likely that an unaffiliated group are behind the intrusions (and saw Anonymous' earlier aborted attempt as proof that it was possible). Anonymous, on the other hand, believes that Sony are using them as a scapegoat to draw attention away from the possibility that the PSN outage has been caused by avoidable internal problems.
Sony are hard at work "rebuilding the system" as we speak, and we'll bring you more as we hear it,
Good morning, PS3 owners. Unfortunately, despite Sony's best efforts, the Playstation Network is still down... and may be for another two days according to a Playstation blog update. However, it seems that hacker/neckbeard commune Anonymous is not involved, and the problem is related to issues in the Land Of The Rising Sun.
Click here for our update on the sorry situation >>
While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage, we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we're able to get the service completely back up and running.
The Playstation Network is currently down, as Brendan reported earlier, with Sony hard at work repairing the crash that's affecting consoles worldwide. Sony haven't spun this as 'scheduled maintenance', suggesting its either a netcode malfunction; or something else. Recently, hacker cabal, Anonymous, threatened to deliver "the biggest attack you've ever seen" on Sony over their court-case with fellow hacker, George 'Geohot' Hotz. And with the cause of the Network's crash still unclear, even to Sony, the company has admitted they're "investigating the possibility of targeted behavior by an outside party".Click here for more
The PSN is out of action once again, with the Sony tech team working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Usually, when Sony have had scheduled maintenance to do, they have been quite specific with communicating the downtime. This is not a scheduled session though which means there's no clear time-frame as to when we can expect to get back online. Worryingly, this is affecting the servers worldwide.
So what problems will this cause you? You can't sign-in to the PSN (you'll be greeted with the error code: 80710A06), so you can't get access to the PSN Store or the Qriocity service. More importantly, you can't play any games online, particularly annoying if you're in the middle of reviewing SOCOM: Special Forces. If you have any pending downloads they will at least carry on downloading, handy if you're trying to download that 870MB Battlefield 3 video.
The hacker cabal, Anonymous, who emerged in the wake of George 'Geohot' Hotz' bitter legal feud over hacking the PS3's firmware, have promised their "movement does not end here" after a planned protest of Sony Center stores - which had the Japanese manufacturer hiring police forces for protection - ended up in embarrassment, with a scant few members sheepishly arriving for the proposed sit-in.More inside