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Submitted by Prcko 615d ago | news

PlayStation Network hacker sentenced to year in prison

Cody Kretsinger, a hacker affiliated with LulzSec, has been sentenced to a yearlong prison term for his involvement in the PlayStation Network outage of 2011. Upon his release, a US District Judge in Los Angeles has also ordered Kretsinger to home detention and 1,000 hours of community service. Kretsinger — known to fellow LulzSec members as "Recursion" — last year pled guilty to taking part in the massive hack. (Industry, PlayStation Network, PS3)

Update Update: This article originally indicated Kretsinger was involved in a different Sony breach. He took part in the hack against Sony Pictures Entertainment in June 2011.

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KingKelloggTheWH  +   615d ago
Good,crap like that should not be tolerated.
Agent Smith  +   615d ago | Funny
Don't drop the soap.
iGAM3R-VIII  +   615d ago
So all of you guys thin 1 year is acceptable?!?!?!

IMO I think it should be 20+ years
PeaSFor   615d ago | Immature | show
Ducky  +   615d ago
Why stop at 20 years?
Let's just give the guy capital punishment for using a simple SQL injection to access data.

It's not like the company has any responsibility of actually keeping their client's data secure.

Also, if some of you aren't reading the article, this guy hacked Sony Pictures (in June), so he was not involved in the PSN hack (April).
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cl1983  +   615d ago
@ Ducky
Kretsinger — known to fellow LulzSec members as "Recursion" — last year pled guilty to breaching the Sony Pictures site through SQL injection and providing personal customer data to LulzSec.

From what your saying, if someone breaks into a car and hot wires it but someone else drives off then only the driver should be punished.
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Ducky  +   615d ago
^ In your analogy, the car owner have reasonably secured themselves against theft.
In the case of the hacks, Sony hadn't done that , and this was an area they improved upon following the attacks.

So yea, Kretsinger is a criminal and deserves punishment for his actions.
If he had to hack his way through difficult security measures, then yea, I'd like to see a longer jail time, but a single SQL injection?
Seems unreasonable to be demanding 10 or 20+ years for that.
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DragonKnight  +   615d ago | Well said
@Ducky: Name one impenetrable online service.
The_Infected  +   615d ago
@iGAM3R-Vlll

20+ years? He didn't murder someone he hacked a damn service. 1 year is long enough.
Testfire  +   615d ago
This ruling brought a smile to my face. And yes, 1 year is enough, I think it will be lesson learned.
Ducky  +   615d ago
@DragonKnight

That's easy. XBL.
har har har

Anyways, the issue is how weak their security was. Nothing is impenetrable provided you use enough force, but in Sony Pictures' case, it required little force to break through.

That's where the leniency probably comes in regarding his sentence.
... but maybe the legislators of N4G know better.
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DragonKnight  +   615d ago
Sony Pictures isn't something anyone but Sony cared about. The issue everyone cared about was PSN. I mean, the Pentagon is bombarded with millions of hacking attempts a day just from China alone. Would they be to blame if one hacker was successful?
Ducky  +   615d ago
^ Well, the article is about Sony Pictures, since that's who the hacker hacked, and why he got the sentence.

... and you're right, probably no-one cared for Sony Pictures, which is why they might've been lax on security.

Not sure what the Pentagon argument is there for. The Pentagon has security good enough to defend itself against all those hackers. If one hacker succeed, then they likely would have to be very skilled or lucky... in either case, no, I wouldn't blame the Pentagon.
In Sony Pictures' case, it was an amateur who used one SQL injection to get data that wasn't even ecnrypted.
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MikeMyers  +   615d ago
Has anyone penetrated Paypal?
@iGAM3R-VIII

This must make u super happy?

"Allegedly, SuperDaE could be looking at 20+ years in prison with a possible consecutive life sentence if convicted."
http://www.eurogamer.net/ar...

Life for leaking xbox 730 info... smh..
SilentNegotiator  +   615d ago
"Why stop at 20 years?
Let's just give the guy capital punishment for using a simple SQL injection to access data.
It's not like the company has any responsibility of actually keeping their client's data secure"

Wow...so a person that steals a TV from a home without a locked door should get a lighter sentence than someone that picks a locked door to steal? You're pulling the burden for the crime away from the criminal?

Talk about "n4g legislators"...so, how many accounts does it take to get yourself to 7 bubbles?
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Ducky  +   614d ago
^ It would be helpful if people actually used analogies that are actually relevant.

An SQL attack is not like robbing a car or breaking into a house. It is a common tactic that most big sites should be prepared to defend themselves against since SQL attacks occur regularly... unlike theft attempts to a house/car.

I see it more like a soda can machine that gets abused regularly by passer-bys as they hope to get a free drink. If someone bangs the machine on the side and gets a free drink, that's a crime. If someone breaks the machine's lock, opens it up and grabs a drink that way, that's a more severe crime.

The machine can not be impenetrable, but you expect the manufacturer to have anticipated that it would get banged every now and then, and take necessary measured to secure itself against that.

Similarly, what Kretsinger did was something that Sony Pictures should've anticipated
... and that's why I'm guessing the sentence was smaller.

As for my bubble count. No, I don't have any multiple accounts and quite frankly, who gives a damn? If my argument makes sense, it makes sense, if it doesn't, it doesn't. If you agree, you agree, and if you disagree, then just post a counter argument.
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GrandTheftZamboni  +   614d ago
You guys are too harsh. With such name he was destined not to have social life.
lilbrat23  +   614d ago
I was thinking more of 5 to 10yrs with fines of at least 200,000 :-)
HiddenMission  +   614d ago
@ Ducky

It doesn't matter about how advanced the security it's about how bad the crime was.

Here is an analogy for you...should a bank robber get a smaller sentence just because the bank only had one security guard versus a longer one if the bank employed many.

Stealing customer data like a credit card or social can do more damage to a persons life than almost anything. Some cases fighting credit fraud can take years if the individual doesn't have credit monitoring. When they don't they have to go to court...that cost money...do you think the criminal is going to pay for those costs.

All the time we see criminals get easy sentences for what some think to be petty or non-life threatening crimes. In all reality a crime is a crime and if the act could potentially do major damage to your life then yes 1 year not enough in this case.
Ducky  +   614d ago
^ The crime escalates with security though.
Suppose you have accounts at two banks, and both unfortunately got robbed.
Bank 1 had a well equipped security team and a heavy duty safe. The thief neutralized all the guards and blasted through the safe and took off with the money.
Bank 2 had one security guard, and no safe, which the thief took care of easily.

Would you expect both criminals to get the same sentence?
Would you be sympathetic to both banks?

Consider this, the reason Kretsinger got caught was that he went public and bragged about his 'achievements'. Had he stayed quiet, he still would have all that personal information. Had he wanted, he could've quietly sold that information.

Considering how he was only an amateur who used one SQL injection and the data wasn't even encrypted, it's not out of the question that someone else beforehand hadn't already quietly hacked the system and stole identities.

Identity theft is a serious crime, but you have to realize some blame goes to the corporation that is supposed to be protecting your information, but skimps on the security.
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sikbeta  +   614d ago
thanks for the Free Games
lol
nukeitall  +   614d ago
It's ridiculous that after almost a decade after SQL injection attack was discovered, that a major company like Sony be vulnerable to such a simple attach.

For over half a decade, SQL injection attacks are subverted directly in the programming language by using prepared statements.

It's a basic thing for any programmer, like 1+1=2 is to math.

@Ducky:

I completely agree with you. Even though you own a gun, and it can be taken from you from your own home, it doesn't mean you should be careless with the weapon!
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greatcrusader44  +   614d ago
Jesus, people are rough. Do people realize how long a year in prison is? Yeah this guy did something illegal but wanting him to get 10-20 yrs are assholes, that's pretty much ruining his entire life.

You only have one life, a yr of prison time should be enough for the charge, it'll hopefully teach him to spend his spare time wisely. If he goes straight back to it ans gets caught again, sure a longer jail time but as a first offense anything over a year would be overkill.
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ziggurcat  +   615d ago
should have been a stiffer punishment, quite frankly.
Minato-Namikaze  +   615d ago
he'll get one on prison, lol
T2  +   614d ago
@ ducky - your argument is terrible and completely wrong. The only difference between banging said soda machines and breaking the lock are that breaking it is a different crime. Stealing the soda is still theft in both cases , period.
its like saying a person who has a gun in the house is asking to get shot with it. Stealing other peoples id is id theft period. If I left my credit card at your freakin house and you used it id still f u up ... According to you itd be my fault for not securing it ...
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minimur12  +   615d ago
LOL
CarlosX360  +   615d ago
Should be longer!
GetSnooked  +   615d ago
That's what she said!! Haahahaa...
KwietStorm  +   615d ago
And now we await all the minions who didn't learn shit, to retaliate by hacking again.
NastyLeftHook0  +   615d ago
electric chair imo
Septic  +   614d ago
I hope you're joking.

The mob on here haven't failed to show their complete disconnect with things like reason, understanding and equity.
Oh_Yeah  +   614d ago
This guy shouldn't have gotten any time. Smh, he did Sony a favor by showing them their holes...no fraudulent reports were filed from the hack. Now if a real criminal got up in there that would have been different but this guy, he was just testing his skills. Sony should have offered him a job same goes for Geohotz because obviously they're a bit more knowledgeable than some of Sonys personel.
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Knight_Crawler  +   614d ago
Ultimate hacker punishment would be to cut all his fingers off.

This guy is probably laughing at 1 year and will use the prison time to look for noobs for his Legion of Hackers club.
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Lone_Man  +   614d ago
@iGAM3R-VIII thank god you are not a judge
HiddenMission  +   614d ago
I guess you don't understand that credit fraud against one person can some times take years to correct...now depending on how many peoples credit information yeah more time in prison is better than a year.

In a way I think we should take the practice used over in the middle east where the crime matches the punishment...steal you get your hand cut off...in this case you cut some fingers off.

He won't be pulling that shit again even if he wants to.
Sucitta  +   614d ago
you sloths realize child molesters get less time then this?
cl1983  +   615d ago
They should of gave him 10 years in prison with no time off.
Irishguy95  +   615d ago
10 Years? For hacking? Are you serious? Did he kill someone or something?

Yes cleft down below...because Hacking a website = Threatening someones life

Jesus...the ignorance on this website grows day by day

Edit-- Yeah Kneon but being stupid is nothing in comparison to pulling a knife on someone for 50 cent
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kneon  +   615d ago
Hacking isn't a crime of need, it's not a crime of passion, it's a crime of stupidity, and I have little tolerance for stupidity.
Ducky  +   615d ago
^ It is a crime of passion.
Most hackers enjoy the challenge that comes with having to find exploits in a system's security.

Edit:
@DK
I like to have fun with words.
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DragonKnight  +   615d ago
@Ducky: You don't know what a crime of passion is do you?
Lone_Man  +   614d ago
sad!
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dangert12  +   615d ago
I was as pissed as anyone when PSN went down, i brought SOCOM 4!!!!!!!!!!

But this is too harsh plain and simple. I agree with the community service heck throw on another 1000 hours. but taking his freedom...while the US Gov keep up there fraudulant terror attacts after now 911, then batman.then the school now boston...and what time are the gov doing?
GalacticEmpire  +   615d ago
He broke into a secure server that may have contained personal information on millions of customers and possibly even credit card info.

A year seems fair to me, bearing in mind he'll probably be out in less than that with 'good behaviour'...

...If he doesn't get shanked by a Playstation fanboy inmate lol.
xHeavYx  +   615d ago
@Dangert, go home my friend, you are drunk
Skips  +   615d ago
"...If he doesn't get shanked by a Playstation fanboy inmate lol."

LMAO. I just couldn't help but imagine that a few times. XD
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JoGam  +   615d ago
I hear you but these are the facts.....Fact 1. Hacking in to a company is a crime plan and simple and this guy was found guilty so he must pay the piper. As for the US gov doing what you claim....FACT 2. NEED PROOF. Without that, its just accusations. No one went to Jail or did time just for accusations.
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cpayne93  +   615d ago
9/11 and the school shooting admittedly have some interesting evidence and videos to back them up. The batman shooting and the boston bombing though? Not sure where that is coming from. You can't blame every incident on the government.
JoGam  +   615d ago
Those aren't evidence. Those are just theories. For example...Evidence would be parts from the plane that crashed in to the towers on 911. Theories would be possible reasons why and how. Evidence are facts.
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Klonopin  +   614d ago
Can i play conspiracy theory too?
KwietStorm  +   615d ago
You're all over the place, man, and it just comes off as another "Screw the government" rant. Yea the politicians got issues, but what does that have to do with the actions of this one particular dummy? He made his bed. Now he's got to sleep in it with Bubba. Hacks for jokes is one thing. This guy, along with others like him, stole personal information and provided it to a conglomerate of clowns. If you've ever had to deal with identity theft, a year punishment might sound like a slap on the wrist for this guy.
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HiddenMission  +   614d ago
Exactly a year not enough since it doesn't match the crime.
joeorc  +   614d ago
@dangert12
he really did not get off light!, but on the same token the plea bargin was fair. you do know recent law's were passed to have a mandatory three year's in hacking networked computer systems. he was able to plea bargin this down to one year in jail, and also another year home detainment with 1000 hours of community service. with a fine of $600,000. and most likely a bar from using networked computer systems for no less than 5 year's.
Prcko  +   615d ago
5 years minimum,1 year is 2 low for this type of crime
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haymoza  +   615d ago | Funny
Good.
Now he can get his butt hacked.
ZoyosJD  +   614d ago
Eye for an eye.

Tooth for a tooth.

Backdoor SQL injection for a...well...backdoor injection.

Sounds like reasonable punishment.
Detoxx  +   615d ago
1 year is nothing for an act like that
josephayal  +   615d ago
he's already a multi millionaire
AngelicIceDiamond  +   615d ago
A year? That's to good for him!
Silly gameAr  +   615d ago
Wow. This opens old wounds. Good luck dude.
cleft5  +   615d ago
1 year for hacking into a major company and potentially stealing millions of users information. 5 years for going into a store and robbing 1 person, that seems real fair.
Prcko  +   615d ago
agree
darkpower  +   615d ago
And the DARK side of N4G rears it's ugly head yet again! And to think that these are the types of people game companies take seriously!

Fine with the guy getting what was coming to him and all, but it's not like we can just let any company off the hook. We know now that we can't trust Sony to keep the PSN safe because if they tout it as that secure, and then it gets hacked (which even the most secure of systems can get hacked, I understand that point), and then they don't SAY anything to us about what's going on or when we can see some sort of stability return, then that's a problem. Then when we just turn a blind eye to the incompetence and blame the hacker for EXPOSING how lax things actually were, we give a company (I don't care WHO it is) a blank check to continue to be more lax, and the only time they will care is when they can do something that only hurts the honest people and hurts consumer goodwill.

Yeah, we knew this guy was gonna get the book thrown at him, but that doesn't mean we should just blindly trust ANY company with our information. It wasn't the hacker's fault that Sony made such info easily obtainable by a hacker. He didn't put it there. It was the lone decision of a company making the hardware that didn't think they could be touched, then became a dick about it when they saw their balloon get popped.

And yes, this is why this rumor about the X-Box always on DRM thing is a bad thing. How much longer are we just going to let this happen?
cl1983  +   615d ago
No body's saying Sony didn't need to retro fit their security, and take responsibility for no addressing their consumers with the issue immediately. However the criminals still need to be punished and punished appropriately. One year and 1000 hours of community service is a joke.
darkpower  +   615d ago
You didn't see some of the comments I did when the whole thing went down. People were asking why should Sony inform us when to expect some stability or even what the problem was so we could take necessary action.

Personally, too, I'm fine with the sentence. The guy didn't murder anyone, and there's no reason to equate him with that of a mass murderer. Especially when that person was something that many companies hire regularly to make sure their systems are as secure as possible.
DragonKnight  +   615d ago
Let me ask you something darkpower. Are you basing the idea that Sony is to blame because the hack occurred, or because of something you heard about it?
Hydralysk  +   615d ago
The methods used to attack the PSN were easily preventable if they'd been taking security seriously, furthermore the data with people usernames and passwords that was leaked were in an unencrypted text file.

I wouldn't say Sony is 'to blame' in all this, but they certainly aren't blameless.
DragonKnight  +   615d ago
@Hydralysk: Oh, is this a secondary darkpower account? Didn't realize. Anyway, there was a lot of misinformation about what actually happened during the attack and Sony never detailed the specifics of the attack themselves so everything you said isn't provable is it. I just find it laughable that people are saying the victim shares blame. That's still the same as saying a rape victim deserved it for being drunk or dressing a particular way.
MikeMyers  +   615d ago
Obviously it wasn't as secure as it should have been.
darkpower  +   615d ago
1. Why'd you think I have a sock puppet account of any kind? Kind of insulting that you'd believe that no one else could possibly agree with what I said unless I made other accounts. Not sure what you saw to even come close to thinking that, and unsure what brings you to think that I would even try or think to do anything like that.

2. You're comparing two completely different things as the same. How can you compare a multimillion dollar company that can more thank likely invest in a more secure platform so it's not as easy to hack as it became (three within a year? C'mon!) to a single person, and how can you possibly compare the two crimes together. Are you saying Sony was raped? I don't understand how you can make that comparison.

3. The PSN was down for weeks and we were clamoring for something (anything) out of Sony as to what was going on, yet...nothing. I'm not sure what part of this you are not getting. Sony didn't even get as far as saying that it could take a while to get it back. That in of itself could've been enough for us to know to be patient. At least we'd know that they give a shit about us not being happy that it's down. But nothing! And when we hear that the system had a backwards way of storing personal info, we blame the hackers for revealing it, not Sony for using an erratic method of doing so. Well, we rightfully blame the hackers, but we absolved Sony of any fault whatsoever.

4. I'm really interested to hear how Sony cannot be to blame for any of it. At least those that disagree with me on this are saying that Sony should bear SOME responsibility and accountability. You seem to think that everything Sony used and did was within reason and there was nothing wrong about it.

Truth is, I don't care if your Sony, MS, Nintendo, Steam, wherever. If you tell me that something is secure enough for me to put my trust in you that you'll store my info, then you get hacked over and over in a short time span, your service that I paid money for (assuming your MS or a PSN Plus user) goes down, and I see that my personal info isn't as secure as you told me it would be, then you go completely silent and never say anything that would make me feel even the least bit secure that you're doing SOMETHING to not only rectify the problem to where I don't have to worry about people using my info illegally, but to make it so we can use the services we came there for, then you're damn right I'm going to be blaming you just as much as I blame the hackers because I'm using a service in which I thought it was worthy of investing my time and, to some extent, my hard earned money on.

Yes, I'm going to give the hackers their just responsibility and accountability and hope that they accept that, but at the same time, that doesn't mean I can't be victimized myself when something like this happens, especially if you handle things as clumsily as Sony did. Yes, Sony was the one being hacked, and yes, they were victimized by it, but when you are THAT irresponsible in the fallout, you share your own brunt of responsibility because you're still providing a service to us (unlike a rape case because a woman that's dressed that way isn't giving herself over readily to someone, since we're using that analogy that I think is vastly inappropriate). Seriously, please explain to me which part of this point people do not understand and cannot grasp!

You still have a responsibility to us that you're going to be able to resolve this in a timely and justly manner, and to provide us a heads up if something got effed up. The only reason we are picking on Sony is because they were the ones that got hacked.
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DragonKnight  +   615d ago
@darkpower: For starters, learn to recognize obvious sarcasm. Of course I don't think Hydralysk is you. For one, Hydralysk didn't go off in a tangent, was reasonable, and concise. In fact, I apologize Hydralysk. Associating you with darkpower was wrong.

And beyond that I was going to reply to everything you said when I realized you completely avoided answering my question in favour of supposition, conjecture, and absolutely no official information. This issue is an old one but the FUD never seems to die. I ask you again. Do you believe Sony is to blame because the hack occurred, or because you heard something about the hack that makes you place blame on them?

And finally I leave you with this bit of adult advice. There is no safe place for your information anywhere on the internet. None at all. To victim blame is to show ignorance and shows an immature mentality. When you've actually had money stolen right out from your bank account (as I have) because of enterprising thieves who know how to use technology to duplicate your bank card and take money from your account then maybe you'll understand. You don't blame the bank you blame the thieves. The banks take responsibility even though it's not their fault. Criminals will find a way regardless.
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darkpower  +   615d ago
Apologize for missing your question. That and sarcasm on the internet forum is harder to recognize.

To answer YOUR question, we did see stories about hackers and jailbreakers seeing where Sony stored personal info, and while I don't remember all the specifics, I do remember that it wasn't very good of a place to store it. Yet, I also remember what people said about it on this site (this site seems to be really bad for having some users white knighting companies without giving a care for consumer goodwill and rights). How dare they REVEAL it? Good lord!

And remember that this is the same site in which some people couldn't grasp that people bitching on HHG stories that he existed on N4G was the reason he DID exist on N4G because everyone seems to love to knee jerk and never grasp how the temp system worked (the more comments and hits a story gets, the "hotter" it gets).

More to the point, though, Sony not giving us any real info during the outage (which you're saying was the reason we don't have sufficient proof) is actually part of the problem, and the point I'm trying to make. What else are we supposed to go on and supposed to think if they don't inform us that our info is secure and they are attempting to get things fixed? Would be better off if they would've said to be patient and let us know that something is happening on their end.

There you go...a bit more concise (by my standards). Not sure what the problem with long posts are, but whatever!

EDIT: The Geohot jailbreak, regardless of what you think of the morality of that, made it apparent that they probably didn't bother, then went all out when they saw not only that it was possible and easy to do, but that Sony was more smug about it than Anita Sarkeesian talking about Double Dragon only turned them on more! I get that nothing can be completely secure. The problem is that people don't think that Sony did enough. Nothing wrong with that opinion, actually.

EDIT2@DragonKnight: PM me if you want to respond to this. I see you're out of bubbles, so....yeah.
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MikeMyers  +   615d ago
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/...

"But he and other executives acknowledged that not enough had been done in security precautions, and promised that the company's network services were under a basic review to prevent a recurrence."

You cannot have a foolproof system but you can make it as secure as possible. That is where the fault lied with Sony.

DragonKnight needs to stop attacking people who make comments he disagrees with. It's as if he takes them all personally. Sony doesn't need apologists filling up the forums, especially ones that don't get paid for it.
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Imalwaysright  +   614d ago
Sony apologized every PSN user and even gave us 2 games for what happened. They recognized that they didn't everything they could have done to prevent attacks on the PSN which should be their top priority because its their RESPONSIBILITY to protect PSN and our CC information and now we have idiots saying that Sony isn't to blame even though Sony themselves admitted that they had PISS POOR security measures. Piss poor measures to protect cc information of millions of users when Its their responsibity to do EVERYTHING they can to protect our information.

I don't want to generalize but judging by the agree/disagree ratio its clear that the majority of N4g users are absolutely insane.

@ Hydralysk, Darkpower and MikeMyers + bubbles

@ everyone else may God have mercy on your souls.
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MikeMyers  +   614d ago
DragonKnight,
"And finally I leave you with this bit of adult advice."

Typical. Always condescending towards anyone who calls Sony out.

Imalwaysright,
It was a goodwill gesture and they also offered identity protection afterwards. There hasn't been one publicized case yet of anyone's information being compromised. The whole point is Sony learned from this and made the right corrections. So why are people disagreeing that they were also at fault for not having better protection?

This is one of the major issues with this site and that is a lot of members just can't accept criticism towards Sony for whatever reason. They are a company who provides us with entertainment. To get better you learn from your mistakes. If nobody calls them on their mistakes chances are they won't bother taking action. We don't need apologists on this site, that's Sony's job (or Microsoft, Nintendo and so on). Instead we get those who automatically hit disagree because they don't like anyone saying anything negative about them.

The hack was a huge wake-up call to tighten security and since then Sony has taken measures to make it harder. It's also good they found out who was responsible.
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cl1983  +   615d ago
http://n4g.com/news/1236553...
Proof that people aren't just forgiving Sony.
kenshiro100  +   614d ago
Why you feel the need to defend this guy confuses me.
HiddenMission  +   614d ago
This isn't about what Sony did this is about the punishment for an individual who committed a very serious crime. Credit/Id theft can take years to repair in many cases and if you have a family or are going to school can totally stop everything going on in that persons life...if they have family even more people are then affected.

You don't like how Sony handled it fine but like I commented earlier you don't get pissed at the bank for only having one guard versus an army...the robbers will rob regardless. This is exactly what happened, even if Sony didn't come out right away most of what happened was all over the web days before...so we really didn't need for Sony to tell us.
andrewer  +   615d ago
Why arrest him? He made so many people laugh at Sony :D
rezzah  +   614d ago
I'm sure there are people who laugh at the victims to hate crimes, so why arrest the offender?
Dlacy13g  +   615d ago
This news makes me very happy. Glad to see justice actually being carried out on a hacker. Maybe this now will give others thinking of doing similar to pause and decide not to hack a company.
Riderz1337  +   615d ago
To the hacker:

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GamerElite  +   615d ago
lol nice
thebudgetgamer  +   615d ago
One year is fine, I believe no one actually lost anything in fact we got two free games out of it.

One year is a really long time for someone like this.
He did the thing so he has to pay but more than one year is too much.
Majin-vegeta  +   615d ago
I know a better punishment.Make him play kinect 24/7 for a whole year:D.
GetSnooked  +   615d ago
He wouldn't even last a few days. You only get out the amount of energy you get in. So if he were to start using that energy without taking in anymore, he'll run out and die.
andrewer  +   614d ago
lol not even in SSJ4...
Evil_Ryu  +   615d ago
I think sony software engineers should go to jail not cody it was infact them who made millions upon millions vulnerable to credit card and identity theft... Why arent other consoles companies getting hacked but sony is...i believe sony is at fault here.
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T2  +   614d ago
Terrible argument ... "she was barely wearing any clothes so its her own fault she was raped" is exactly what you just said
Sketchy_Galore  +   615d ago
Maybe I'm just a bad person but I wouldn't even be so happy about this if he wasn't a member of something named Lulzec. People should be sent to prison for saying, 'fur da lulz' ironically or not.
Magnus  +   615d ago
A year wow thats not alot of time to serve. I think the guy should get 10 years. I wonder how long he would get if he hacked key systems like say the Pentagon or a bank. He will probably end up getting a job like the guy who first hacked the I phone i forget where he works. I think Sony went to easy on him he should also have to repay Sony the $600,000 in damages.
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Psychonaut  +   615d ago
It maybe a year, but imagine if you will if some prisoners in the pen maybe have ps3's and found out it was him well..(morgan freeman voice.) I'd like to say (insert gang name.) left him alone, i'd like to tell you he fought the good fight, but shit got real.
hadouken182  +   615d ago
Yeeeeeesssssss. I hope he watched american history x so he atleast knows wats coming next....
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StrawberryDiesel420  +   615d ago
What a moron...
ACESupERIC  +   615d ago | Well said
I was almost was almost wiped clean by a hacker. And after 7 years I'm still pretty bitter about it so this is a biased opinion. Fuck him and anybody who does the shit he did. He got off light. I want to meet a hacker, any hacker. And the sorry soul I do meet will get a serious ass kicking for what one douchebag did to me and my wife. And all you assholes who feel sorry for this piece of shit, get your information stolen and your bank account nearly wiped out and ill bet you wouldn't feel so sorry for this bottom feeding piece of shit. That's one of the problems in this country today. This guy broke into a computer system just because he knew how and people are blaming the service that got hacked for not having good security. WTF?! Do you blame the bank that gets robbed for only having one underpaid guard on duty? Do you blame the senior whose door gets forced by a degenerate burglar because they're not strong enough to stop them? What about a woman who gets violated? Is it her fault because she can't fight off an attacker? No its not. But by most of the stupid posts I'm reading on here, what this guy did isn't his fault but sony!? Just because its a weak lock on your neighbors door doesn't give you the right to break in and take what you want. And anybody who thinks that is a degenerate loser just like this guy
cl1983  +   615d ago
I've seen your problems day in and day out with my job, and the number of hard working people who have to declare bankruptcy to try to rebuild from this type of person is quite saddening.
Bowzabub  +   615d ago
Excellent post.
HonestDragon  +   614d ago
Damn, sorry to hear to hear that ACE. No decent person deserves to be the victim of a cyber-attack like that. I'm personally glad that these losers got caught. The damage that hackers like them cause the industry only hinder legitimate customers and businesses in the long run and even give way to practices and ventures that we end up despising (i.e. DRM).
T2  +   614d ago
Thanks for sharing , Damn id love to beat me some hackers
kenshiro100  +   614d ago
I agree with you 100%. Hacking should not be tolerated on any level. This guy got what was coming to him. Hopefully that teaches him a lesson in the future.
Sarobi  +   615d ago
I'm sure the murders and rapist of the world are happy to hear that there is one slot less for them there.
cl1983  +   615d ago
miss post goodbye bubble
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Bowzabub  +   615d ago
Slap on the wrist. Hope someone hacks his face for him.
HonestDragon  +   614d ago
Good. I hope those guys get whatever punishment fits the crime. Hackers don't do the industry and community any favors. I'm glad they caught these guys.
Tultras  +   614d ago
Won't this just entice hackers to hack more? :/
joeorc  +   614d ago
@Tultras
"Won't this just entice hackers to hack more?"

And if they are caught their actions can be classed as a Cyberterrorism, which is the usual leverage used against the people caught, in order for the police to get what they need to go after those other's to also be found and move up the food chain.

http://itlaw.wikia.com/wiki...

its so broad in its determination that if you get caught for Hacking today unless its outright theft they can A: slap you with the RICO act. and or B: slap you with both the RICO and this included. Which is exactly why one of these hacker's they caught a year prior worked with the FBI to nab the other's. and even still he's getting punishment even though he helped the FBI!
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mediate-this  +   614d ago
This guy should have been sentenced to a longer term. I can not stand hackers doing damage from their mothers basement, they could be doing good with their genious ability but choose to do other wise.

Its an annoying rebellion.
manjizz1995  +   614d ago
i think if he got shot in the foot it would be even.
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