Criminals deserve blame for the PSN debacle

Bitmob: The recent shutdown of the PlayStation Network has evolved into one of the biggest fiascos in gaming history, on par with Microsoft’s notorious Red Ring of Death. Microsoft initially set aside $1.1 billion to correct their mistake (and probably ended up spending much more), but this recent disaster has some experts estimating that Sony will spend up to $24 billion. That’s going to be a hard number for them to swallow.

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M-Easy3351d ago

All the numbers here are purely speculative. And to compare it to the RROD lets see.
PSN Hack:
I CAN play 99% of all PS3 games
I CAN watch Netflix
I CAN watch blu-rays
I CAN browse the internet (youtube, facebook, twitter)
I CAN listen to music
I CAN watch videos from my HHD/flash drive

I CANNOT play 100% of all 360 games
I CANNOT watch Netflix
I CANNOT watch DVDs (lol)
I CANNOT listen to music
I CANNOT watch videos from my HHD/flash-drive

Now you tell me which is worse.

And as for the title of this article

Quagmire3351d ago

I would say Microsoft were the biggest criminals.

death2smoochie3351d ago

"Now you tell me which is worse."

Not in the sense of being able to "play your console" or the cost to the company.
It's on the same level as RROD in the sense of consumers KNOWING of the issue and how the press has made it news for even the non gaming readers.
The PSN hack is as well know as RROD to the masses.
This is where its on the dame level a RROD.
Ask a non gamer about SOny and most of them will tell you something about Sony being hacked...

Kran3351d ago

Do you even own a PS3? Because if you own both, you wouldnt be saying that...

Brosy3351d ago

Hell my parents know about it and they don't keep up with the gaming world. I even have a couple non gaming friends who are aware of sony being hacked. It's worldwide news and has been reported on the news worldwide.

thugbob3351d ago

Ummm No. RROD is worse than PSN hack period. Would you rather have XboxLive go down or have your 360 die out? Most people with a reasonable brain would rather have live go down than having their expensive system die due to the company's carelessness. All I have to say is I'm glad that I never had to worry about me being the unlucky person that got the PS3 that will eventually die within weeks or months.

e-p-ayeaH3351d ago (Edited 3351d ago )

Remember that the YLOD on PHAT PS3´s as the same theory as RROD.

But at least Sony customer service is faster than MS ill tell you that.

thugbob3351d ago (Edited 3351d ago )

YLOD is due to over heating as opposed to it being a design flaw like RROD

MysticStrummer3351d ago

The same theory? Not really. Two very different problems and RRoD was much more widespread.

trancefreak3351d ago (Edited 3351d ago )

I never got the ylod but my launch console would skip audio on blu ray playback. I had to rent a blu ray to find this out because I wasn't spending 30 on a movie at a time. I didn't know for at least 2 weeks after my purchase.

I had to send it to Sony because the ps3 were a dim a dozen and they had refurbed inventory already from faulty lasers and such.

When that console died (60gb) due to games instant lock ups Sony tech said they couldn't believe my console lasted this long (4 1/2 years). I told the tech support my ass it should still be running fine so send me a box for a replacement.

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Muerte24943351d ago

These numbers smell funny. Oh yeah, that's because they were pulled out of someone's a**hole.

RandomDude6553351d ago

Seriously!? 24 billion....that's impossible. Did pachter make that prediction? So....this would sink many fortune 500 companies? bullshit.

RandomDude6553351d ago (Edited 3351d ago )

Lol at the security firm that gave that number....

"But Forbes cited a study by the Ponemon Institute, a think tank on security, that estimated the cost per person for a data breach is $318." So 318 times 77 million.

A couple critical assumptions that kill that estimate. They're assuming that credit card data was taken and unencrypted. They're assuming that the data on ALL 77 million accounts were taken. They're assuming that the persons that took the data would go without being caught to damage all 77 million accounts, and that no customers took proactive action or have currently existing protection.

-Alpha3351d ago (Edited 3351d ago )

That number sounds way too big to be true. As for the fault, obviously it's the criminals but the responsibility also falls on Sony's shoulders to protect consumers and get things fixed in a timely manner. There is a difference between blame and responsibility here.

If Sony did have outdated security or took shortcuts (which is plausible), then some blame falls on them too.

When it comes to security, a lot of companies either don't take it seriously, or just aren't up to date on it, I find. I don't doubt Sony is any different.

What Sony isn't is guilty of the attack. But Sony is responsible for customers, and so long as they are hacked, they will be seen as failing to have secured their system. That's just the responsibility anyone who has customer information should bear.

In the end, Sony paid and is making up for its mistakes, which is more than I can say for the hackers.

mrv3213351d ago

'falls on Sony's shoulders to protect consumers and get things fixed in a timely manner.'

Yes, they are trying to both, they want it up soon and they want it protected, sure it's taken a while, but you want to be protected.

'When it comes to security, a lot of companies either don't take it seriously, or just aren't up to date on it, I find. I don't doubt Sony is any different.'
Did you complain about PSN's security before the hack? No. And I'm sure not many people did. Sony cannot predict the future, and all messures of security is plenty untill it was broken. Heck you where allowed guns on American planes a while back... HEINSEIGHT.

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-Alpha3351d ago (Edited 3351d ago )

Why would I complain about PSN's security before the hack?

I am not saying Sony can predict the future, but I am saying IF they didn't do all that they reasonably could, then they will have to bear responsibility. Even if they DID Do all that they could, the fact that they are hacked still makes them burden a responsibility because it shows a vulnerability.

This is why Sony apologized-- not because they are guilty, but because they ultimately were attacked. I've personally wondered why Sony didn't take down PSN as soon as GeoHot hacked the PS3. But regardless of all the possible choices they could have made, they aren't perfect nor capable of predicting the future.

Muerte24943351d ago (Edited 3351d ago )

You could say companies don't take it seriously but come on. Hackers usually make their money as security consultants. I actually wouldn't be surprised if Sony hired one to help strengthen the firewall on the new servers. People seem miss the fact that without the "master-key" that allows you to install CFW, this would not be an issue. It's not like he/she hacked PSN from a remote desktop computer.
The PSN being down doesn't hurt Sony as much as people believe. What does hurt them, however, is their communication with the public. Their unwillingness to share information promptly is what's hurting them in my eyes. It only causes tons of speculation (as we're seeing) and confusion. This leads to uncertainty and ultimately fear. Once this happens people will believe anything because Sony hasn't clearly defined the situation.

@ MRV321,
Your last statement was exceptional and right on the money.
Bubble level up +1

Arksine3351d ago

24 Billion USD is almost certainly incorrect. Most likely something was lost in translation there, could have been 24 Billion Yen.

TronEOL3351d ago

I agree with the article here. But I've been saying this for a while. Sony is giving us everything we need to stay safe, and a bunch of goodies we don't exactly fully deserve.

Meanwhile these hackers are doing what now? Freeing the people from what? Fighting for what greater cause? Destroying what evil giant corporation? The only people that need to be brought to light is this group of people trying to knock joy out of the world.

Video Games bring people a certain joy people can't get elsewhere, something used to take us away from our everday lives. These hackers are knowingly trying to ruin all that for everyone.

I'm sorry, but if ANYBODY thinks this is good for ANYONE. Please, just fuck off. If not, just know Karma is very real, and you'll be getting yours later in life.

-Alpha3351d ago

Is there any confirmation that Anon did the hack?

I was under the assumption that it was a totally random person not affiliated with the Anon of the media.

Muerte24943351d ago

the logic when people say that this is a good thing. No security system is 100% impenetrable, but everyone thinks theirs is. It's like a water balloon. You don't know there's a hole in the water balloon until water is leaking out. Sony didn't see anything wrong with their security system, because until now it had never been hacked. Now that they are aware of it, they can fix it. In the end strengthening their servers, which in turn, provides better security for us (the consumer).

jrisner3351d ago

More crappy articles. When will these stop.

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