President Of Sony Online Entertainment Calls Hackers “Scumbags”

John Smedley is the President of Sony Online Entertainment, the developers of PlanetSide 2, and he recently posted a number of Tweets aimed towards players he feels are ruining his game.

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Irishguy952058d ago (Edited 2058d ago )

Don't you remember what happened the last time some hackers got pissed off at Sony?

Edit--whoops, accidentally disagree'd der Captain

CaptainCamper2058d ago

I don't actually. Care to enlighten me? :D

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Dark_Overlord2058d ago


That's funny, I specifically remember anonymous hitting banks, government networks etc to, are they also run by monkeys?

Lets face it, NOTHING is secure, someone will always find a way in. Like that bloke who hacked NASA looking for proof of aliens.

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Campy da Camper2057d ago

Sir! We though we lost you in the woods of Alkania! Welcome back, sir! Where is Major Camper???

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Enemy2057d ago (Edited 2057d ago )

He called game-breaking PlanetSide 2 hackers scumbags, not hackers in general. Desperate website seeking hits doesn't know reading comprehension.

RememberThe3572057d ago

Bubbles for actually reading the article! Well done sir!

shutUpAndTakeMyMoney2057d ago (Edited 2057d ago )

I wan't to learn to hack console but not to ruin peoples investment just intellectual curiosity.

I would buy a ps4 to play and one for programming.

Ironically this a sony pc article.. lol

Bladesfist2056d ago

The test kit and dev kits for ps3 are hard to get a hold of. With a Vita you can just download the SDK and get to work. Much easier to just buy an Ouya and hack it though.

Root2058d ago

Well they are, they cost them money and cost us online playing time.

CaptainCamper2058d ago

Totally agreed but it's rare for someone so influential in the industry to be so bold about it.

+1 to Smedley from me :D

Why did 4 people disagree with my previous comment? I was being

Metamorph932057d ago

I agree.

I also think they should go after the people creating the hacks. Sony has enough money and power to do it. So what if it costs them a little money to get rid of the "scumbags?" That would save them more money and customers in the long run.

MikeMyers2057d ago

Obviously he is frustrated by a small group out there who feel the need to ruin the fun for others.

Not all hackers are idiots mind you. In fact I'm sure some are actually highly intelligent. They just need to focus their interests elsewhere so that what they do don't impact other people who are not interested in the games being hacked.

We're still in the learning phase when it comes to online conduct. People get banned or warned on game forums for what they say, they get fired for what they say on Facebook, and have their accounts removed for violating the terms in games like Planetside 2. Part of the problem is the anonymity of it. The other is some people just don't care.

GreenRanger2057d ago

That was very unprofessional of him.
Even if that's what he thinks, he's not supposed to say it.

CaptainCamper2057d ago (Edited 2057d ago )

Why not? One of the banes of this industry is the concept of how people are meant to behave.

How would you feel if you spent hundreds, maybe even thousands of hours supporting something for 1 idiot with a bit of coding knowledge to undo it all?

Don't get me wrong, there's a certain level of professionalism that should be maintained but when it comes to hackers, it's about time someone had to the balls to come out and say something honestly.

P.S Green Ranger rocked! :D

pompombrum2057d ago (Edited 2057d ago )

From a professional stand point, ranting about hackers is extremely unprofessional and not something a president of a company that deals with online based games should be doing. Time and time again those who have the "balls" to stand up to hackers have soon regretted it. Still he isn't even standing up to them really, he's just mad because hackers have made SOE seem unprepared.

Hell, I was messing around with aimbots and wallhacks (against friends) like 8 years ago.. anyone who makes an online fps for the PC should be well prepared before launch to handle such things. The rant just shows how much grief it has caused SOE which in turns makes them look lax by today's standards.

tachy0n2057d ago (Edited 2057d ago )

the fanboyism in N4G gets stronger everyday... lame

the only scumbags here are $ony themselves because how is it possible for them being a multibillion dollar company to have such a crappy security in their systems......

now thanks to anonymous, $ony got a wake up call to fix their crap, imagine how easy it was to get people information from the $ony networks....

come on sheeps, hit me with your disagrees....... u know I'm saying the truth.

WeAreLegion2057d ago

You realize that Anon also hacked the FBI, five of the world's largest online security companies, the Bank of America, and NASA?

I think Sony's doing ok.

nirwanda2057d ago

Game companys have so much code to go though just to fix bugs you only need to look at a game like skyrim to see how complicated it is, the last thing you need are a$$holes breaking games with rogue software, it doesnt matter if its sony, MS, PC or nintendo hacking online games ruins the game for everyone just for a cheep laugh

Hicken2056d ago (Edited 2056d ago )

...are you slow? EVERYTHING can be hacked.

THE PENTAGON has been hacked.

Oh, by the way, MICROSOFT has been hacked, too, in case you were wondering. In fact, accounts continue to be hacked, while Microsoft and blind fanboys blame it on phishing(cuz Major Nelson would fall for a phishing scam whose only purpose was to set his account to Russian).

Yes, Sony is a scumbag for being the target of hackers...

Edit: You'd have to ask Microsoft for "solid" proof. And they'll tell you what they've been saying since the beginning: it's user error.

But at the rate it's happening, can that REALLY be all there is to it? At least Sony doesn't go off blaming it on others.

Bladesfist2056d ago

@Hicken can you give me some solid proof instead of word of mouth? I'm interested.

tachy0n2056d ago

oh so you sheeps think storing costumer information in plain TXT files is a legit way to protect costumers?

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finite2057d ago (Edited 2057d ago )

Nope they are called your warning to pull your finger from your butts Sony and create better protection for your users.

Yes they are very bad and they are doing wrong, however do you see much happening to Microsoft Xbox system ... not half as much....

They should employ them since the hackers can do a better job than there security team.

pompombrum2057d ago (Edited 2057d ago )

You don't see much happening for the Xbox system because most of the hacking that takes place is account based and doesn't really get as much coverage. Better protection for users and Xbox don't exactly go hand in hand.. wait until your credit card gets maxed out as someone gains access (easier than you might think) to your account and goes on an MSP buying spree for stuff like Fifa ultimate team packs.

finite2057d ago (Edited 2057d ago )

Sorry to say, but the only card that is attached to any of my accounts are the simple and safe pre-paid cards..... so good luck to them if they did.

pompombrum2057d ago

Yeah and you're the minority there I'd imagine. Still, we shouldn't need to use prepaid cards to ensure our security, that's a flaw with the system as much as it is proactive thinking by you.

rainslacker2057d ago

Why would anyone employ someone who downloads a cheat to play their game? That's who he was talking about. Those people don't want Sony to create a better product, because then it means they couldn't cheat.

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