Homeland Security Department Helping Investigate PSN Data Breach

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reportedly assisting in the investigation into the intrusion that may have exposed millions of PSN users' personal data to unauthorized intruders.

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rebirthofcaos2732d ago

well with this kind of help, hope they get the morons go did it.

Blad3star2732d ago

I am know hacking expert but dont hackers have a way to send there IP address to 100's of locations around the world so they dont get tracked? Also I think the use a clean PC with no owner name or identification to do there dirty work.

I have seen it in movies and dont know how true that is.

Warprincess1162732d ago

Exactly you been watching too many movies. Trust me, the FBI and Homeland Security have ways of tracking these losers down.

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Anarki2732d ago

Who ever did this is gonna get SEEEEEEEEERVED!

nolifeking2732d ago

Movies: The best to way find out how the world works.

Soldierone2732d ago

Its just a way for them to have a little extra time before being caught. It isn't a sure fire way to avoid anything. Those false IP addresses will all link back to one address...and guess who lives there.

DirtyLary2732d ago

if it happened on the net, it can be tracked. Might take time but there's always a trail to follow.

slate912732d ago

This is why I hate 2-1 bubble children on N4G.

Blad3star2732d ago

So your 3 bubbles makes you superior.


cpt_kaos2732d ago (Edited 2732d ago )

Mate even if these scumbags are using proxying the resources the FBI and Home loan security have at there disposal will eliminate all the fake addresses these mummy boys have.

Don't worry they will be too busy trying not to bend down to get the soap in the prison shower block soon enough.

NateCole2732d ago

What's with the disagree?. He is just asking a question people.

ComboBreaker2732d ago

Then the FBI just go raid the place where the proxy server is located, look inside the server, and get the ip address of the person using the proxy server in the first place.

Very simple. Very easy.

R0me2732d ago

Well hackers arent dumb, they know exactly how all that stuff works and where they leave foot prints. When they did this, they felt secure.
I bet it is very difficult to find them, but not impossible, i hope they will have success with finding them.

MintBerryCrunch2731d ago

they got the most inept department in the government to help them

GoGoGadge72731d ago

Simply due to your EXTREME poor use of grammar totally tells me...

You know what, never mind.

The FBI and Homeland have almost an inifite number of resources to track these fuckers down.

oh... and it is "their dirty work"

There = Place
Their = Ownership
They're = They are

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Maddens Raiders2732d ago

hmm.. oh well - hope it was worth it dumbasses!

Focker4202732d ago

FBI and Homeland Security...

Wow, this is getting serious.

Anonymous_2732d ago

Yeah because 77 million credit cards & peoples identities being stolen isnt serious.


Klaykid1232732d ago

Out of 77 million, how many are active users? You don't even put in THAT much info into PSN. No social security number, just address and name/contact info. The same stuff you put in everything to sign up.

Btw, 77 million accounts don't all have credit cards attached. I don't.

Anonymous_2732d ago (Edited 2732d ago )

Stop tryin to do damage control for sony. Even they announced those figures. Their words not mine.

jony_dols2732d ago

I had 2 accounts.
With no credit cards attached.

And even if they do have my PSN password, what the hell are they gonna do? Send me SPAM?

Christopher2732d ago (Edited 2732d ago )


First, appropriate name is appropriate.

Second, Sony already verified that the credit card information was not touched and even if it was, it is encrypted data.

Third, 77 million USER ACCOUNTS does not equate to 77 million individuals. I personally have three (North America, UK, and Hong Kong), and many other people do as well.

Fourth, the only thing we know is that a person had access to this information. There was no proof on how much of it was stolen. But, 77 millions lines of database information doesn't just cut and paste over in a little bit of time. It takes a while. It's extremely unlikely that anyone was able to gather the full details, if they took it in the first place.

Yes, Sony announced that someone had access to the 77 million user accounts and some of their personal information. But, they did not say that there was personal information on 77 individual users and they confirmed that the credit card information was secure and untouched.

Please don't spread bad information, it does nothing good for anyone but the trolls.

Anonymous_2732d ago

Again, Sony's words not mine.

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ownallconsoles2732d ago

Aww isnt that cute? Emerge is having a troll conversation with his other account NotSoSureAboutThat lol

Anyway back on topic, I hope those bastards who messed with PSN all get sent to jail!

koehler832732d ago (Edited 2732d ago )


Don't be so sure. My mother's PSN associated Amex had some fraudulent charges billed to her via Amazon in Washington today. We're in Toronto. Luckily the charges were blocked and the card cancelled, no harm done. However, it's a bad sign.

There is always the chance of a random coincidence, but it's a very large coincidence. And unfortunately it doesn't look like her own Amazon account was compromised, so it appears the card number itself was. Amazon requires full billing address and security code on a new card. So it looks like, even if in a small number of cases, everything is compromised.

There doesn't seem to be any way that I've found to provide this information directly to Sony to help in the investigation. We can only hope that American Express and Amazon were willing to do so on our behalf.

Christopher2732d ago

@koehler83: The Credit Card information was provided by Sony in their Q&A update.


Q: Was my personal data encrypted?

A: All of the data was protected, and access was restricted both physically and through the perimeter and security of the network. The entire credit card table was encrypted and we have no evidence that credit card data was taken. The personal data table, which is a separate data set, was not encrypted, but was, of course, behind a very sophisticated security system that was breached in a malicious attack.


I find it unlikely that someone was able to decrypt the CC information. Possible? Yes. Probable? Far from.

koehler832732d ago


You'll have to forgive me if I can't take Sony at their word right now.

Christopher2732d ago

***You'll have to forgive me if I can't take Sony at their word right now.***

Actually, right now, if they said it, it has to be true. No company would be dumb enough to falsify information in a public forum when they are about to be investigated for their level of security.

koehler832732d ago


They've already published false information by saying they've never asked for credit card security codes, which they do.

Christopher2731d ago

***They've already published false information by saying they've never asked for credit card security codes, which they do.***

One upper management guy misspeaking is far from a publication of false information. An idiot mistake, but not the same.

Official information should be garnered from Official PS Blog posts, not from head guys talking randomly. Those are the publications in question.

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Dart892732d ago (Edited 2732d ago )

Now they just need Chuck Norris to be complete.

Edit:You can bet you're self he's gonna be mad cuz they messed with his Socom 4 online.Hacker's will try to drive away but not if Chuck has something to say about it.

alexi_6662732d ago

I thought the Chuck Norris fad died years ago.

Game0N2732d ago

actually its still alive and kicking...LMAO @Dart89 awesome comment that made me laugh

KeiserSosay47882732d ago

I thought the 666 fad died awhile back also...

Commander_TK2732d ago

Bruce Lee > Chuck Norris.

alexi_6662732d ago

HA. HA. Good one.
You got me!

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