Submitted by Uncharted3Goty 1356d ago | article

PlayStation network should be kept offline expert warns

THE government should veto the operation of Sony's PlayStation games network until it is satisfied the company can adequately protect customer privacy, an Australian security expert says. (PS3, Sony, Tag Invalid)

PimpHandHappy  +   1356d ago
nothing is bullet proof
i bet they can hack the Australian government and i bet he wouldn't say lets shut down the government till we can say we are safe from being hacked
FACTUAL evidence  +   1356d ago
Instead of completely shutting down the network, I think a warning about people's personal information should be bought to further notice. Sony should show a message when signing in saying it. So people with CC info, or anything else personal should try to hold back with purchase for the next couple of weeks. Or use at your own risk.

Sony should just advise people to use their playstation network cards until further notice.
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FunAndGun  +   1356d ago
After all this has happened, why would you keep a credit card on 'file' under your account anyway. Once you use your credit card to add money to your wallet, DELETE the card information! You will have to re-enter all your CC info next time you add money, but your details won't be sitting in your account.

Use PSN cards or continually delete CC info after use.

Why even take that chance when you can pretty much protect yourself if you sacrifice a little convenience. Even before this outage, I would never keep my CC info on file. It takes 5 mins to re-add that information, but it helps with peace of mind about having that info stolen.
graemed-ps3  +   1356d ago
I dont care, i will still keep my cc info on the psn.
rockleex  +   1356d ago
Ahahah! The Australian government was recently hacked in March and this Australian security expert has the audacity to tell Sony what they should do?

Australia where games get banned left and right. Australia where it seems they have no respect for video games at all.

Heck, Jack Thompson should just move to Australia and become Prime Minister.
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inveni0  +   1355d ago
I have a feeling that any 'vulnerabilities' are being heavily monitored. Any hacker attempts will probably be tracked and prosecuted. If you can't be hack-proof, at least be hacker-proof. I think Sony has learned that.
anh_duong  +   1356d ago
in fact the australian government was hacked this year:



even the pm security was compromised
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soundslike  +   1356d ago
I feel sorry for Australian gamers.
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FragGen  +   1356d ago
They should keep the whole internet offline if they're concerned about privacy. LOL. How about facebook, youtube, etc? :)
egidem  +   1356d ago
This goes to show that nothing is ever safe online. Bad unfortunate things happened to Sony, and some people were bound to lose trust in sony. We saw this coming.
darkride66  +   1355d ago
Yeah, because that's what the world needs. MORE government meddling in business. /s

You know what there's laws that deal with privacy concerns. If Sony is breaking the law with regard to the way they handle people's data, then there should be a criminal investigation. Take it to the authorities if you think Sony has done something wrong.

If not, stfu.

And as for credit cards, credit card information was encrypted. I, for one, have no concerns about linking my credit card to my account. I've been using my credit card online for probably over a decade now. I'm not about to succumb to the fear mongers who are crying "OMG. The Internets aren't safe!" You live in fear if you want. Have fun with that. In the meantime I'll continue to use my card online and just exercise some common sense.
Legionaire2005  +   1356d ago
Its been out for a long time now!!! What you want us to wait a year? E3 is coming out for crying out loud!!!
Uncharted3Goty  +   1356d ago
LOL it would of been worse if it was offline when E3 was coming then the whole sony e3 would be updates sony enters and is like we can confirm that we are working on it and it would be 100 times stronger then before.
DeadlyFire  +   1356d ago
Government can KMA. Why? They want to control the internet. This is just BS propaganda to get the government to say well we could have prevented something like this.
Uncharted3Goty  +   1356d ago
i hope sony can Keep There PSN up and running strong lets hope these doesnt happen again ( sony has had a rough week Law suits from People saying there information has been taken credit card numbers and many more) i am sure sony is doing the best they can to keep it up and secure.
elondonred  +   1356d ago
Sony only turned on matchmaking. Therefore even if its hacked there'll be nothing to steal
mrv321  +   1356d ago
'HAHA I stole your KDR'-Hacker

'I would have given it to you anyway it's 2.11'-PSN user

'Damn, back to DOS attacks for me'-Hacker
Bowzabub  +   1356d ago
I'd like to see these hackers hack these "experts". Nothing is foolproof.
enkeixpress  +   1356d ago
"PlayStation network should be kept offline expert warns"

... what, so then I can't play MotorStorm: Apocalypse or Uncharted 2 multiplayer? Yeah, That's a great idea. >_>


(I feel like I speak for almost everybody on PSN with this comment)
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Guard719  +   1356d ago
Yea. As a fellow PS3 owner and PSN user, you do. And its been up for 48 hours already with little issue. I think thats satisfaction enough. I played Homefront for several hours last night to with little issue. Seldom lag but that was it.
Uncharted3Goty  +   1356d ago
PSN is working perfectly there is no problem with online works great no lag no delay and in no time the PS store will be back and everything will be running again
Supman  +   1356d ago
at least my trophies were synced!
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koehler83  +   1356d ago
Actually turning on the PSN is the only way consumers can remove their information. That is the only step that can have any effectiveness in protecting information.

And on that note, identity protection is an individual matter. No one is responsible for it other than yourself. Limiting consumer options doesn't change that.
ziggurcat  +   1356d ago
Cardenjs  +   1356d ago
"Why is it that in the IT industry enterprises certify themselves?"

Because a Politician is just that, a "Politician" not an IT expert, not a Teacher, not a Business expert, just a Politician.
Shadowstar  +   1356d ago
To be fair, he's not a politician, the article says he's a professor of some sort, and a security expert. (These two facts might be related, and might not. I'm not going to research him.)
acidpro  +   1356d ago
"experts warn"

Im pretty sure SONY has got their experts and probably even more now because of the breach, so i think they are the once that should decide if the network should be up or not and not some guys that work outside of the SONY building and have no clue what the big bosses are thinking or doing right now as we speak.
Emilio_Estevez  +   1356d ago | Funny
Expert should keep his mouth offline, I warn.
diehardgamer1000  +   1356d ago
LMFAOO!!!!!!!!!....u sir cn have a bubble
jke82  +   1356d ago


Emilio_Estevez  +   1356d ago
Ty, ty, I'll be here all day
DigitalHorror81  +   1356d ago
Try the salad and the buffalo wings, they're fantastic.
Shadowstar  +   1356d ago
This is just stupid.

Hey, while we're at it, let's pull down every site that has credit cards until the government can verify it (oh! pull down the government sites, too.) Or better yet, every site that has login information, since the passwords might not be secure enough, and then some thief can use those insecure passwords + emails to potentially get into someone's email, and from there get bank passwords.

I'm a little confused about why the Japanese government would want to know "how Sony hoped to regain consumer confidence over exposed personal data such as credit-card information." That sounds like a PR/corporate thing, not even tangentially related to the government...
blackburn10  +   1356d ago
I agree. We should shut down ALL networks until we know it's safe. Anon is on a rampage and all networks are in jeopardy. Look what happened with Eidos. So we should shut down all banks, computers, game networks and every thing else to make sure it's safe /s. A year should about do it right?
M-A-R-S-H-A-L-L  +   1356d ago
How about creating laws to track down these hackers? How about doing something
useful for a change? So Sony was supposed to keep PSN down and lose their fanbase over this mess? They're not supposed to strengthen their security and do something to combat these hackers?

Idiotic experts, I dare say.
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Viper7  +   1356d ago
Most likely there are such laws in most countries, just not the methods.
DrFUD  +   1356d ago
The FUD continues
clearelite  +   1356d ago
lol, "expert". The government should stop babying the people by sticking their nose into business they don't need to. And so-called experts should be understood as what they are, socalled experts.
That being said, tens of thousands of people are compromised on the internet every day. Maybe we should keep that offline too. OR, leave it up to people to make their own decisions.
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dorron  +   1356d ago
I guess it won't be long till it suffers some kind of hacking again...

If I was to be asked, 3-4 weeks seems to little time to fully secure such a big network.
blackburn10  +   1356d ago
Guess thst makes you an 'expert' too. How would you know how long it takes a huge company like Sony to secure their network?
dorron  +   1356d ago
Maybe because I work at it...Not with Sony, but as an IT.
jke82  +   1356d ago
well think of it like this dorron

my home network has 4 computers all running firewalls of their own plus the antivirus firewall plus the firewall through the router..now with about 5-7 mins most of that time spent walking round the house i can turn off all three firewalls to each computer

really secureing the network didnt take that much time im sure its mostly software and firewalls and the like

what took the time is the fact sony completely moved the servers physically to a new vault style location
that would be a bitch

there was news on it when the network first was down that week sony planned on moveing everything later in the year but moved up on that plan due to the hack
clearelite  +   1356d ago
Yes, the reason it took so long to come back online was probably because they wanted to make sure it was secure.

All I know is that I'm very happy that PSN is back online(at least where I live) and I can't wait to play some Uncharted 2, etc. later on today.
n4gisatroll  +   1356d ago
First and foremost fuck governments having that much power to tell a company how to run their business. And I'm pretty sure Sony has things under control now.
SweatyFlorida  +   1356d ago
He must play xbox and wants us Sony users to suffer more D:
zerox505  +   1356d ago
i use to live in Australia, Sydney in fact and i noticed that the australian government hate, and i mean hate video games, always censoring the crap out of them (M rated). i bet the government just wanted sony's network to go offline even longer so nobody can play their bloody violent games online, what a bunch of bs
darksied  +   1356d ago
"F*** off," a random PSN user says to the Australian security expert.
SoSLy  +   1355d ago
Thats true! PSn should be kept offline just like the Internet, which should be kept offline aswell. /s morons
phatfreddy1978  +   1355d ago
Tell the experts to shut the FUCK up.

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