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Submitted by donniebaseball 1717d ago | interview

PlayStation Network Still Not Secure, Says Ex-Hacker

Recognized as one of the top computer hackers in the world today, Gregory Evans is warning gamers that they’re not safe when playing video games on PlayStation Network. The author of eight books on computer security and identity theft, Evans spent two years in federal prison and paid $10 million for hacking into major companies like AT&T, MCI and Worldcom. He’s been hacking since the 10th grade, but now he works on the right side of the law. (Industry, PS3, Sony, Tag Invalid)

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Fishy Fingers  +   1717d ago | Well said
Just an interesting quote I'll post before the warfare begins..

"And it’s not just Sony gamers that are at risk. It’s anyone who has any online gaming console like Xbox or Wii. Nothing’s 100 percent secure."
Jamegohanssj5   1717d ago | Offensive
dragonelite  +   1717d ago
Every thing can be yes but is it worth the effort for a hacker. lets i would want to get 20 million email accounts what will i do will i try to hack for lets say facebook takes me a week or would i hack a couple of smaller social networks and be done within a 20 hours.

Time is money emails are worth some moneys you know the spam mail you thought wtf how did i get that. It's probably because someone got your email from a database and sold it again.
snork   1716d ago | Trolling | show
Hozi89  +   1716d ago
@Snork. A few words of advice if I may...but
Put not your faith in rulers, or in the son of man, in whom there is no salvation. yes it's scripture but doesn't take a wise man to see that those words are the truth. SONY cool and all but in no way should someone, especially an average gamer act as if SONY is their master. remember, it's just advice.
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ZombieNinjaPanda  +   1716d ago
Snork, either you're an idiot, or a troll. I pray it's the latter.
Bull5hifT  +   1716d ago
I bet that as soon as microsoft makes fun of sony at E3 for having the psn outtage, hackers are going to make it there buisness to Rape the 360 , id like a BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH followed by a laugh and then the 3 rings of death... It would be epic
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Legion  +   1716d ago
1 bubble calling others trolls. Funny. Obviously if he looked at the makeup of N4G he would see that the majority of users are now Sony fans versus any other console.
Tr10wn  +   1716d ago
N4G is a Sony mecca so WTF are you talking about?? 85% of the users on this site are Sony fanboys, but still you made a good questing, if Sony have so many exclusives, WHY n4g is full of PS3 fanboys? those exclusive are mediocre, boring or short? answers?
death2smoochie  +   1716d ago

Hmmm...Joined recently....

Hmmm...English not Engrish...

Sony fanboy EXTREME...

Seems REAL KILLER has an alternate account :P
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I_find_it_funny  +   1716d ago
he sounds like he's advertising his company
BattleAxe  +   1716d ago
World Bad, Sony Good.
Kurt Russell  +   1716d ago

bwahahahahahahahahahahahahaha hahahahahahaahhaha...HAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA... HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA.

Thanks mate, that was priceless.
Active Reload  +   1716d ago
Everyone knows any network can be hacked. You don't need to quote something that's well known and then point out that it's interesting. What is interesting is the fact you try to distract from what's really going on, and that's PSN being hacked to hell.
Anarki  +   1716d ago
In recent news; shit was found in the woods... police have linked it to a bear.
Krimson-Rage  +   1716d ago
If that's a "fact", why is your sneering, pompous and clearly trolling remark still not flagged as such?
bailoutbenny  +   1716d ago
The "hacker" from the article is a fraud
DragonKnight  +   1716d ago
See, now this guy right here can bring a good name to hackers. After seeing what being on the wrong side of the law his hacking brought him, he decided to change his life and comes out to try and inform and help people. If more hackers were like this guy here, people wouldn't be labeling and stereotyping all hackers as deviants and crooks.

Everything can be hacked, and the hackers that do so are criminals. But if you're part of the hacker community and you're just going to sit there and let them do these kinds of things, and not try to help prevent such problems or speak out against such individuals, you are also a part of the problem.
Domer25  +   1716d ago
My toaster oven is about the only thing with a lcd-screen in my house that IS no surprise here..
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Silly Mammo  +   1716d ago
Don't be so sure! :-P
Commander_TK  +   1716d ago
Your toaster oven has an LCD-screen?! Would love to have that.
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sikbeta  +   1716d ago
Still have a walkman here, definitely hack-proof... I hope :P
SilentNegotiator  +   1716d ago
Hacking now....
Prepare for some really hot Hot Pockets. You might even burn the roof of your mouth!

So nothing is hack proof. Thanks for the old info. Turn that into a story, base it around something Sony related, get a thousand degrees on N4G.

Oh and this guy is SUUUUCH an expert! He got caught when he still lived with mommy and daddy and then caught again a few years later. Now he owns some companies and asserts that he's an expert, claiming that people who actually went out and got degrees don't know as much as him.

An equally insane claim analogy:
I build fireworks in my backyard. Pyrotechnicians don't know as much as me because they work in a controlled environment.
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RandomDude655  +   1716d ago
You haven't put otherOS on your toaster....what a
MasterCornholio  +   1716d ago
I keep telling people that no online network is secure. But they just dont listen. They somehow believe that if they pay for a service it will be unhackable when the truth is that World Of Warcraft gets hacked all the time. I play the game and theres an amazing number of bots, farmers and spammers that it amazes me.
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Hozi89  +   1716d ago
People might start to think I got all religious but honestly. When one lives in obedience to God, nothing of evil wrongs can come close to you.

although I realize that no one is perfect and to live for God (in total obedience) would require great self sacrifice and probably mean giving up hardcore gaming as it's certainly not godly to kill whether it be in real life or simulation.
nanometric  +   1716d ago
How can you kill that which has no life?
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mastiffchild  +   1716d ago
Ha! Butters brings down religion. Go on oyoung Stotch.
M-Easy  +   1716d ago
This is why i hate "industrygamers" he clearly states nothing is secure but they focus on starting a flame war. REMEMBER if you are also sick of sites like these:

Click UNDER "read full story" where is says "" ; then click WTF for story quality and NO for do you like this website.

BTW shame on whoever approved this.
aGameDeveloper  +   1716d ago
Another "interesting" quote:

"Even if these guys [IT managers] have a Master’s Degree or PhD from a school like MIT, that doesn’t make them a true security expert."

With the rest of what he said in the interview, one can deduct:

kid who calls himself a hacker >> IT manager with a degree from MIT focussed on network security...
bobbyluv   1716d ago | Immature | show
pain777pas  +   1716d ago
Fishy has summed up pretty much what the short but informative interview was all about. No network is safe with people who study hacking. Hackers have to stop hackers plain and simple but tough to get the cooperation of a hacker like the interviewer who got caught and did time.
wsoutlaw87  +   1716d ago
what a * title
nycredude   1716d ago | Bad language | show
frostypants  +   1716d ago
It bares repeating: "No. And it’s not just Sony gamers that are at risk. It’s anyone who has any online gaming console like Xbox or Wii. Nothing’s 100 percent secure."

Whoever submitted this article is a misleading troll, but in fairness so is the actual headline. It's not that Sony's network isn't more secure than it was before, it's that NOTHING IS HACK PROOF.
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T3MPL3TON  +   1716d ago
Frosty: Sony's network isn't more secure.. that's what you aren't getting. IT. IS. NOT. MORE. SECURE.
Just because Sony, says it is doesn't mean it is. I'll give it about a week after it goes back up 100% it'll be taken down again.

People keep harping on the fact that nothing is safe and want to use the old misdirect and imply that it'll happen with XBL as well. It wont, because Microsoft isn't so foolish as to hire script kiddies who went to collage they hire actual hackers to provide anti hacker security. This is why the one and only time someone took down XBL it was back up in a day. It wasn't a week. It wasn't months. In all truth is was a few hours. This wouldn't have happened if Sony used their collective brains and hired the people who were jail-breaking their product. Those people should have been hired first then people who actually have a hacking background not a bunch of collage grads who've never hacked anything.
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Vherostar  +   1716d ago
Exactly whoever posted this article picked that bit at the top to start a flame war. Terrible..
Hagaf22  +   1716d ago
I'm still confused as to how his comparison of IT managers to Infantry and hackers are SEALs is video game terms. Call me crazy but those are military terms.
bozebo  +   1716d ago
Yeah thats what I've been saying all along. Anyone with a modicum of security knowledge knows that it's highly unlikely that any large organisation's systems are secure from remote attacks, and they are definately not secure from targeted attacks (like their employees' phones being hacked to get into the network). The most secure networks in the world are the home networks of people who work in the infosec industry and in the homes of hackers/nerds/etc.
Treyb3yond  +   1716d ago
Only xbots think they are safe from hackers.
the_best_player  +   1716d ago
@PlayStation Network Still Not Secure
Ok Dog
harrisk954  +   1716d ago
"big corporations get hacked every single day. Only 17 percent of companies whose computers were hacked report them to law enforcement due to fear of negative publicity. Ninety percent of Fortune 500 networks have been hacked... it’s not just Sony gamers that are at risk. It’s anyone who has any online gaming console like Xbox or Wii. Nothing’s 100 percent secure."

It could have just as easily been MS getting hit.
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Wardog1368  +   1716d ago
This article is very one sided in that I read an article published by the ACM saying companies were relying too much on former hackers to protect their networks. He used this analogy: "It is dumb to think that the ability to break into a car is somehow an indicator that they know how to build one."

I just think it's interesting as it's completely opposite of what this article is saying. And I'd trust the ACM more than this as it is their industry. But I'm sure both cases exist in different companies.
rabidpancakeburglar  +   1717d ago
How would this guy actually know. Has he actually seen what sony have been doing in the background? No, Sony employees and security firms helping them have.
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Fishy Fingers  +   1717d ago
He focussing on Sony because thats who he's being asked about. It's actually a good interview (a little short) which helps show this sort of thing can happen to anyone and anytime. He's not some novice.

Edit: Reports will probably stop this getting through anyway. Legitimate interview or not.
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donniebaseball  +   1717d ago
Seriously people, what's up with these reports? This is a brand-new interview by a top freelancer in games journalism with a hacker who was world renowned. Sheesh...
THWIP71   1717d ago | Trolling | show
mandf  +   1717d ago

The reports are for the hacker who acts like a expert on Sony when he hides his own name. Anyone can claim anything when you can't verify who it is and verify the legitimacy of any claim. How many articles have we seen were websites just make of stuff for web hits.

Edit By the way, the Ps3 didn't get hacked. The key was stolen from a Sony repair center. For 4 years it was untouched. Anyone can get into any house if they have the key. The Psn was hacked over the internet 2 very different things. This guy has no clue unless he actually hacked the system himself or worked with Sony. Which is it? Not every system for hacking is the same. He maybe an expert but he and others tried for 4 years and came away with nothing. Common sense.
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Fishy Fingers  +   1717d ago
"when he hides his own name"

First line.... "Gregory Evans"

Didnt have to be a hacker to figure that one out.
THWIP71   1717d ago | Personal attack | show
SixShotCop   1717d ago | Trolling | show
mandf  +   1717d ago
For fishy and nitwit

I read the article. Either the guy has or hasn't worked with the ps3. In either case neither were made clear. The ps3 was unhacked for 4 years with everyone trying to hack it with no success. Hackers of all types of skill sets. It's easy to claim anything when you had no part of it and act like you know everything about it. Sony didn't hire him so that leaves he was part of the hacking to have any knowledge about the hack.
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testerg35  +   1716d ago
mandf, I'm not sure why you're talking about the PS3 being hacked. I thought the whole article is about the Sony sites being hacked.
gamingdroid   1716d ago | Trolling | show
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nycredude  +   1716d ago
Dude got caught. Nuff said.
InFAMOUS1  +   1717d ago
To be perfectly fair, he knows because it is what he does. It has been said time and time and time AND time again.... No source code is ever 100% secure.. The only reason why Sony was hacked was because they had a target on their back.. The hacker used the Anon DDoS attacks as cover to carry out the attack..

The Pentagon, Microsoft, IBM, banks and on and on have ALL been hacked... Sony and EVERY OTHER company will never be 100% safe from hackers.... PERIOD...
Tainted Gene  +   1716d ago
it says from the article

that only 17% of companyies actually report being hacked.


Roughly 90% of the Fortune 500 companies have also been hacked.

In short: Sony is clearly not alone in this, they are just the ones in the spotlight. (Anon, GeoHot, Failoverflow, leaked keys, etc)
Eu  +   1716d ago
Yes to you both....and people focus on SONY because they want to HATE it to hell....Its true that it would happen also to MS and Nintendo if they were hacked....stupidity at its best.
kneon  +   1716d ago
He's making a general statement that no network is 100% secure, which is true, but the flamebait title makes it sound like it's only Sony.
X4life   1716d ago | Spam
DrFUD  +   1717d ago
Typical hacker mentality.
He says hire hackers because they're smarter than everyone else basically.
I'm sure the guy who's studied networking his entire life and knows his shit inside and out, upside down and sideways really respects this guy too...not.
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Fishy Fingers  +   1717d ago
Why must you downplay him? You realise he is an expert and was at one time, considered one of, if not the best hacker, he does know what he's talking about. His living is online security.

Regarding hackers, dont you think Sony (or any other company) paid a lot of money for these experts to set up the protection/networking systems in the first place? And these large, no doubt expensive companies work is beaten by a 'few dudes in their mums basement' as many like to see it.

Hackers are finding ways through pretty much every system, every form of online protection, so surely, their knowledge, their input would be invaluable.
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radphil  +   1717d ago
"Typical hacker mentality.

I'm sure the guy who's studied networking his entire life and knows his shit inside and out, upside down and sideways really respects this guy too...not."

Um....what....what am I looking at here?

It's true with what he says, no network is 100% secure.
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THWIP71   1717d ago | Trolling | show | Replies(5)
theaceh  +   1716d ago
To me, what the expert is referring to is something that can be found on many Security books and its that Hackers/Crackers think Evil, IT managers do not think Evil, because they occupy most of their time building solutions and services. This 'Evil' mentality is what allows hackers to find ways of breaking into computer networks/software built by IT professionals that sometimes do not or cannot, spend enough time thinking about how someone can exploit their creations, due to unrealistic deadlines, fatigue, company policies and politics, etc.

This is why I believe this expert believes that Hackers have a certain edge over IT managers when it comes to Network Security. Hiring Hackers to counter Hackers seems to work best IMO because its like asking a car thief 'How would you break into my car if you wanted to steal it?'
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Uncharted3Goty  +   1717d ago
it has to be true if its from a ex hacker then you know your not secure. its like a ex robber telling you that the locks you used are not good enough to protect your house.
mantisimo  +   1716d ago
Not so sure as a poster on the comment section of the source wrote this.

"This is GREGORY EVANS! Do you people not know who this is? he is a fraud and has absolutely ZERO skills. he isn't a security researcher, nor a hacker, nor a businessman. he defrauds his investors, files ridiculous lawsuits that always get thrown out. not only that, he's had his facebook & twitter accounts removed/suspended multiple times for threatening people & harassment. Only god knows why a "writer" would look to this guy as a qualified source to write about Sony's Playstation network. Yes, Sony is stupid and screwed up, royally. Gregory Evans isn't the authority on any of this. John Gaudiosi you're an idiot for publishing anything this guy has to say about security. He's a criminal and a fraud. Learn to check facts and your sources before you publish."

Ouch,if true (and the person who wrote the above is obviously also anti sony) but if true then pretty insignificant post.

Edit found this vid to back up the fraud claims at least.
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-EvoAnubis-  +   1716d ago
Interesting! So basically this guy is completely and totally full of shit.
slyleo2001  +   1716d ago
People should check all the facts before believing things they see/read on the internet. .... But who really has all that free time lol
tweet75  +   1717d ago
is any network ever 100% secure? thats like saying is my door lock 100% theif proof ? All you can do is take the best precautions
LeShin  +   1717d ago
Ah, videogame journalism at it's best /s

How about putting the WHOLE sentence in the headline as someone in this thread did.

The other thing he said which is more important is: "Ninety percent of Fortune 500 networks have been hacked."

Nothing...and I mean nothing is going to be 100% secure. If man created it, man can destroy it.

EDIT:By the way, what I said in the first sentence wasn't directed at the site, but at the person who posted this story from the site
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BushLitter  +   1717d ago | Funny
'If man created it, man can destroy it.'

Bieber Fever begs to differ
LeShin  +   1716d ago
JasonBloodbourne  +   1716d ago
N4G comment of the year right here folks! Genius! lol
Buff1044  +   1717d ago
Cool interview. Once again, IndustryGamers proves to be one of the few sites that gets it right.
maverick1191  +   1717d ago
nice article good read aswell

know one is safe going online on anything to access the internet
SuperStrokey1123  +   1717d ago
Good article with a inflammatory title....
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SuperStrokey1123  +   1717d ago
From the interview:

"Only 17 percent of companies whose computers were hacked report them to law enforcement due to fear of negative publicity. Ninety percent of Fortune 500 networks have been hacked"

WOAH thats crazy ass stuff... makes you really think about it a bit more.
dc1  +   1716d ago
Eu  +   1716d ago
Yep...Sony could just say:

"Our main database was corrupted by the erathquake here in JApan and we tough, what the heck...lets just use this to do a make over, some updates and upgrading..."

and sh*t like that...and most people wouldnt be any wiser...EVEN if the hackers came out saying that they hacked....unless you were haters wich Sony does have lots in the waiting to bash it...

Keep thinking that MS and Nintendo are just takes some SOBs wanting braguing rights to sh*t hit the fan.
bailoutbenny  +   1716d ago
Greg Evans is a fraud
SuperStrokey1123  +   1716d ago
If its on the internet it MUST be true!
slyleo2001  +   1716d ago
That is a bold claim but is there a fact to back it up? I am not saying that it couldn’t be true we are lied to all the time. I just don’t know how credible this guy is I don’t know him that’s not to say I don’t agree with some of what he says.
gedapeleda  +   1717d ago
I like this guy,hacking at&t when you're 12
bailoutbenny  +   1716d ago
This guy is a fraud
Game0N  +   1717d ago
whats an ex-hacker? lol so silly article is silly
KwietStorm  +   1717d ago
What is it you don't understand? Did you actually read the article?
dc1  +   1716d ago
Read the article. Its a good read.
Jack-H  +   1717d ago
Let's give yet another chump hacker some undue attention!!
radphil  +   1716d ago
2 Years in Federal Prison and $10 mil isn't exactly chump...
Jack-H  +   1716d ago
That makes him.... a badass? I'm sorry I don't really see your point. People who steal are chumps.
radphil  +   1716d ago
You said a chump hacker with undue attention.
The guy hacked AT&T in the 10th grade.
You're acting as if he's a nobody, in which more than likely he's done more than the people on N4G combined.

Plus the word chump defines as "a sucker" or "stupid". So calling a hacker a chump is more of an oxymoron more or less.

People are lashing out of him because of the person that posted this article with a flame-catching title.

If people ACTUALLY READ articles, one would understand that.
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Kon  +   1716d ago
radphil actually killed Jack-H.
Never liked him thought.
theaceh  +   1716d ago

According to some sources mentioned on earlier post the guy seems to be more of a fraud.

Would have to learn more about this fellow, before forming an opinion about his alleged skills.
radphil  +   1716d ago

Well the thing is given with the hacker community, people always downplay each other.

As far as the people on youtube though, I just always see the worst out of people. They tried the whole birth location conspiracy for the longest time about Obama on there.

I'm not denying the possibility of fraud, but at the same time, I'm not about to just jump ship.

I'm going after how the instant lash out from what Jsck said earlier, in which case it is an oxymoron. I'm going after how people act on this site. I can be wrong with the info, and that's also a possibility, but Jack showed in a PM recently his true attitude and colors.
Gordo789  +   1716d ago
actually.... that sort of does make him a chump.
starknight321  +   1716d ago
Actually Gordo789, by definition it wouldn't.

Would it make him a jerk? Yes definitely. By doing all this or even fraud, makes it so that there was some thought to this all.
dorron  +   1717d ago
So now most of N4G users know more about network security than a well-known and respected EX-hacker who has proven himself many times? LOL
dc1  +   1716d ago
The only thing that I would add is that none of us (for good reason) have insight into what Sony is doing. We don’t know if they hired some underground hackers, we don’t know if the firms that they hired brought in 'field tested'..... and neither does Gregory Evans.
What we do know is that a multi-Billion dollar company is doing every thing it can to 'right side' the boat: which would include pouring the appropriate resources and expertise into its new security structure.
Christopher  +   1716d ago
***What we do know is that a multi-Billion dollar company is doing every thing it can to 'right side' the boat: which would include pouring the appropriate resources and expertise into its new security structure.***

Actually, we don't know that either. "Doing everything it can" goes a long way and it's unlikely that Sony will be doing this, which would include recoding every single one of their Playstation/Qriocity related sites and completely overhauling every single network environment as well as CDNs and updating even development access credentials and methodologies.

I'm happy with saying they are doing enough, but I wouldn't go so far to say they are doing everything they can. Doing that would cost them more than a billion dollars, easily.
dorron  +   1716d ago
Sony was a multi-billion dollar company before PSN was hacked too...and they were supposed to keep PSN and customer data safe too. Being a multi-Billion dollar company doesn't make them hack-proof...
dc1  +   1716d ago
I'll give you that "everything they can" should not be taken literally. However may no mistake.. This was the second largest known data breach in world history likewise the appropriate counter measures are being applied (not saying that they will be impenetrable.. Lockheed Martin was successfully attacked last week and the Pentagon gets attacked daily)

It happens to every company even in the insurance industry (and they all are supposed to keep their user information safe). I don’t fault Sony, this was a sophisticated exercise.
My comment wasn’t to suggest that they were hack proof it was to suggest that they have the resources and incentive to put there 'right' foot forward following the attack.
Eu  +   1716d ago
People have to get into their MINDS that NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, NO MATTER WHAT YOU PREPARE FOR, IF ITS LINKED TO A NETWORK IT CAN BE HACKED! FBI, CIA, US other government agencies and other conglomerates were/are/will be hacked if someone wish to spend time/money/work on it.

Nice how PSN took 5 years to be hacked right? It was so unsecure that it was hacked on the first day OL....

People want to hate so bad that common sense doesnt matters at all....
theaceh  +   1716d ago

You seem to forget that gamers come from all walks of life. From delivery men to lawyers to, and yes, you guessed it... IT professionals. And although many N4G users may not be as knowledgeable in Network Security as this so called No. 1 Hacker of the world, I am sure many are currently IT students or work in the IT industry during their day jobs and can completely understand the phases and tools and technologies used to perform a successful hack, which gives them the right to share their opinions and insights on the subject.
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dorron  +   1716d ago
Guess who's an IT too...yeah, you are right.

But I guess you don't believe a high percentage of N4G users work as ITs, do you? Come on...
starknight321  +   1716d ago

Lots of IT people on this site? Yea I laugh at that notion.
The minute you're connect to the net, you pretty much go into the connection for everyone else, so you have the potential to be hacked. Only time you can't, is if you're not on the net at all.
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SlowBurn  +   1717d ago
reformed,ex hacker powermonger with genius intellect and the wisdom of 10,000 computers.
this guy is seriously serious dude. in awe still
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DAS692  +   1717d ago
This guy is right... It's the same way that the law wants to know HOW the heist puller pulls the heist. So that they can better prepare and protect themselves. Or the way an architect of a skyscraper simulates an actual Earhtquake to help better prepare the building for a REAL one... If you don't understand that fundamental ideal, then you just don't understand life...
purple105  +   1716d ago
OR you could explain it to all these babies by using vaccinations as an example. They use the actual disease to create immunity to it, not remotely hard to comprehend.
Prototype  +   1717d ago
Guys like him make me feel glad of being black because it proves we're more than just what you see on tv and the media - rap artists, unfit fathers, and uneducated gang bangers.

Makes me want to pursue my Bachelors in Network Admin (Currently have AAS in Networking Admin)
blakstarz  +   1716d ago
I couldn't agree with you more, I'm in the IT field myself (12 years and on-going I deal with data storage protection and I agree with a lot of things he is saying and I see the indirect comments being said on this thread and of course the ones that disagree with your post are the haters of "another kind". But we won't get into that.
-EvoAnubis-  +   1716d ago
Might wanna start being less glad....
slyleo2001  +   1716d ago
Prototype there are better mentors to look up to like Obama then this guy especially since this guy has dis IT professionals that dedicated their lives to their work and to improve with the security like I have. I don’t deny that there are amazing hackers but they don’t all have to be underground know what I mean.
telekineticmantis  +   1717d ago
this guy knows what he's talking about
-X-  +   1716d ago
"He’s been hacking since the 10th grade, but now he works on the right side of the law. His Ligatt Security International company now helps Fortune 500 companies protect themselves from today’s most advanced hackers."

He hacked AT&T when he was 12....dammmmnnn. Must have been born to hack and had a passion for tech. Looking at his history I'll believe his word over everyone else's here on N4G.
SlowBurn  +   1716d ago
when he was 12,AT&T's 'network' was a shoebox filled with wasn't even in websters yet.
Christopher  +   1716d ago
Perhaps by today's standards that doesn't seem like much, but at the time when this guy was 12... it was equal to hacking into the Pentagon. What he did to AT&T aided in setting network security protocols at many major companies.
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ninjagoat  +   1716d ago
As always it comes down to this they want rewarded for screwing good honest hard working people out of there money. Thiefing in other words they want awarded with jobs, last time i checked there are people with families struggling to get jobs. That are honest hard working and would not screw anyone over yet these idiot hackers think they have the right to be rewarded for what they do. Hell to them. Im for having them locked up.
Silly gameAr  +   1716d ago
Man, something has brought the hacking supporters out in droves and they seem be hunting for fanboys. Wonder what brought that about. :/

We all know nothing is 100% percent secure. That's common sense. No one needs hackers to tell them this. He does seem like a cool guy though. Someone should tell him there's some douchebags out there making hackers look like spoiled children.
blackburn10  +   1716d ago
I agree. I am not going to diss him as he seems experienced but do we really need him to tell us that networks aren't safe? I get tons of spam everyday from sites that somehow get my email address. But then again maybe it's for the idiots who keep insisting that their network is secure as opposed to PSN. Sony's attack was well put together and concentrated and they probably could do the same thing to other networks if they tried hard enough. We were safe for 5 years until this happened. BTW always good to see the usual trolls out singing the same old 'Durh. Sony fanboys are the worst' song as per usual. You guys never disappoint.
testerg35  +   1716d ago
If you look at most of the comments no one is really talking bad about Sony. Its more the lines where PS3 fans feel like this guy is talking bad about Sony, which he is NOT, and then pretty much disses him.
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artsaber  +   1716d ago
This quote sums it up
The only truly secure system is one that is powered off, cast in a block of concrete and sealed in a lead-lined room with armed guards --
and even then I have my doubts.
-- Eugene H. Spafford
dorron  +   1716d ago
Soooooooooooo true!
reaver  +   1716d ago
When he said that nothing is a 100% hack proof i agreed, but then he said that he has a program to scan if your computer or network is hack proof... Doesn't that sort of contradict with each other ? But any way he is right, everything can get hacked.Psn,Xbox live and... whatever the Wii has,none of it will ever be 100% secure sadly enough.The only thing they can do when anything gets hacked is to strengthen their security,find the people responsible and make them pay.
Christopher  +   1716d ago
It's a metric tool to help proof your system. It doesn't detect everything. It's like Anti-virus scans, they are only as good as their database of viruses.
FlareDReborn  +   1716d ago
Nothing is true everything is permitted.
thespaz  +   1716d ago
Dumb story.

In other news... everything is hackable.

The end.
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