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#1 Apr 27 2011 at 8:33 PM Rating: Good
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Valued PlayStation(R)Network/Qriocity Customer:

We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011,
certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account
information was compromised in connection with an illegal and
unauthorized intrusion into our network. In response to this
intrusion, we have:

1) Temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services;

2) Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full
and complete investigation into what happened; and

3) Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our
network infrastructure by rebuilding our system to provide you
with greater protection of your personal information.

We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and goodwill
as we do whatever it takes to resolve these issues as quickly and
efficiently as practicable.

Although we are still investigating the details of this incident,
we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following
information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country,
email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login,
and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data,
including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip),
and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may
have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for your
dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have
been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit
card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have
provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity,
out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit
card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have
been obtained.

For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email,
telephone and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive
information. Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email,
asking for your credit card number, social security number or other
personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information,
you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking. When the PlayStation
Network and Qriocity services are fully restored, we strongly recommend that
you log on and change your password. Additionally, if you use your PlayStation
Network or Qriocity user name or password for other unrelated services or
accounts, we strongly recommend that you change them as well.

To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we
encourage you to remain vigilant, to review your account statements and
to monitor your credit reports. We are providing the following information
for those who wish to consider it:
- U.S. residents are entitled under U.S. law to one free credit report annually
from each of the three major credit bureaus. To order your free credit report,
visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call toll-free (877) 322-8228.

- We have also provided names and contact information for the three major U.S.
credit bureaus below. At no charge, U.S. residents can have these credit bureaus
place a "fraud alert" on your file that alerts creditors to take additional steps
to verify your identity prior to granting credit in your name. This service can
make it more difficult for someone to get credit in your name. Note, however,
that because it tells creditors to follow certain procedures to protect you,
it also may delay your ability to obtain credit while the agency verifies your
identity. As soon as one credit bureau confirms your fraud alert, the others
are notified to place fraud alerts on your file. Should you wish to place a
fraud alert, or should you have any questions regarding your credit report,
please contact any one of the agencies listed below:

Experian: 888-397-3742; www.experian.com; P.O. Box 9532, Allen, TX 75013
Equifax: 800-525-6285; www.equifax.com; P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
TransUnion: 800-680-7289; www.transunion.com; Fraud Victim Assistance Division,
P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834-6790

- You may wish to visit the website of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission at
www.consumer.gov/idtheft or reach the FTC at 1-877-382-4357 or 600 Pennsylvania
Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580 for further information about how to protect
yourself from identity theft. Your state Attorney General may also have advice
on preventing identity theft, and you should report instances of known or
suspected identity theft to law enforcement, your State Attorney General,
and the FTC. For North Carolina residents, the Attorney General can be
contacted at 9001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-9001; telephone
(877) 566-7226; or www.ncdoj.gov. For Maryland residents, the Attorney
General can be contacted at 200 St. Paul Place, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD 21202;
telephone: (888) 743-0023; or www.oag.state.md.us.

We thank you for your patience as we complete our investigation of this
incident, and we regret any inconvenience. Our teams are working around the
clock on this, and services will be restored as soon as possible. Sony takes
information protection very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that
additional measures are taken to protect personally identifiable information.
Providing quality and secure entertainment services to our customers is
our utmost priority. Please contact us at 1-800-345-7669 should you have any
additional questions.

Sincerely,

Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment


It was annoying enough when it was just PSN being down. Now they might have nearly all the info provided? FFFFUUUU-
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#2 Apr 27 2011 at 8:36 PM Rating: Excellent
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2) Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full
and complete investigation into what happened; and
They're paying someone to tell them they ****** off 4chan?
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Serious: Maybe they are trying to reach all the Anon IPs.
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2) Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full
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They're paying someone to tell them they ****** off 4chan?


Funny but no, they paid them to figure out how the Rebug CFW allowed access to the Developers PSN.

http://kotaku.com/#!5795565/playstation-network-shoplifting-may-have-taken-ps3-offline--other-less-believable-theories
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#5 Apr 28 2011 at 11:29 AM Rating: Good
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I can't seen Anon denying the attack if they actually were responsible for it. They aren't exactly quiet about their antics, lol.
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Facebook friend of mine from my hometown just had his credit card info stolen; got contacted by his bank because of suspicious activity. It was the card he used for the PS network. I can't say for sure it was from the hacker, but... I'd highly recommend cancelling your card if you haven't already.
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#7 Apr 28 2011 at 3:00 PM Rating: Good
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Well, f*ck.
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Yup, got mine today. Considering I haven't updated my PS3 in months and haven't actually agreed to the new ToS, I might have a case if my information did get stolen.
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How do you figure?
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I've been watching my bank account for the week, and nothing has appeared. Two guys at work I play with online haven't seen anything on their cards either.
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Facebook friend of mine from my hometown just had his credit card info stolen; got contacted by his bank because of suspicious activity. It was the card he used for the PS network. I can't say for sure it was from the hacker, but... I'd highly recommend cancelling your card if you haven't already.
I'm certainly planning to do so after I go to the ATM in the morning and take out some cash in case I need it.

Would have done it sooner, but I needed to make my cell phone bill payment and wanted to give it time to process.
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Luckily, my debit card info was what they might have stolen. So I can just go to the bank today and get a new one.
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I stopped by the bank today and asked them to cancel my debit card and issue me another. I also withdrew some money since I will be sans-card for about 7 days. It feels strange walking around with cash and not swiping a card when I go to the store.
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I just discovered the PSN from this story. I have a username and password, but no cc information loaded.

It stinks because I just realized that a lot of the old games are on there and I wanted to start getting them...I guess I will just have to wait.
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I just got fraudulent activity on my account that I once used for PSN, and I see while searching Google others are starting to get hit with the same charge. My bank is seeing this pop up all of a sudden on a lot of accounts according to the rep I spoke to. It's a charge for $39.44 for something called GAS * CSGASTEX.NET It could be a coincidence, but the timing is pretty suspicious. As for what this site is, if it even is a real site, I shudder to think. I shows up on Google, but I'm rather afraid to click on the link.

Luckily my bank put an automatic block on the card and is issuing me a new one. At least someone cares about their customers as opposed to Sony. Their letter basically amounts to "We got hacked, sucks to be you guys." Is it truly possible that Microsoft, of all companies, has better console security than Sony? And I don't mean the fact that a RROD'd console is hard to hack.
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It just got real, SOE has been hacked as well and the data for more than 12,700 credit cards were stolen.

http://ca.kotaku.com/5797858/more-than-12700-credit-cards-stolen-from-sony-online-entertainment
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It just got real, SOE has been hacked as well and the data for more than 12,700 credit cards were stolen.

http://ca.kotaku.com/5797858/more-than-12700-credit-cards-stolen-from-sony-online-entertainment


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It just got real, SOE has been hacked as well and the data for more than 12,700 credit cards were stolen.

http://ca.kotaku.com/5797858/more-than-12700-credit-cards-stolen-from-sony-online-entertainment


Holy sh*t.


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SOE claims that the credit card data that was stolen comes from an old, outdated database from 2007. This brings the chance for unauthorized credit charges to a minimum, as most credit cards would have expired within that long of a period. However, the personal information, passwords and login information of over 24 million users are still in the hands of criminals.
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If that's true, then I'm fine--I got my PS3 in 2009.
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This latest 12,700 is a separate account scare (from the same event) from SoE's many services, from the sounds of it. The millions of users of the PSN have still had their data potentially stolen. Read the related articles on the subject in the links.
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It doesn't seem like Sony knows entirely what was compromised and what wasn't as of yet. Maybe I'm just a pessimist but I wonder if this will get worse as Sony's investigation continues. Anyone care to engage in educated speculation and try to predict whether that's the case or not?
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I keep having heart palpitations from reading this topic, because I keep thinking it's SE, not SoE. Only SE has my info, thanks to FFXI. Kinda glad I never got on the PSN now!
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This latest 12,700 is a separate account scare (from the same event) from SoE's many services, from the sounds of it. The millions of users of the PSN have still had their data potentially stolen. Read the related articles on the subject in the links.


The linked article said it that the 12,700 were from the outdated database of US credit cards from 2007, with a similar database being compromised for Central Europe.

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I wonder how this guy feels about all this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh1jB4hVJRg
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As a way of apologizing to the people affected by this Sony is giving away up to four games per person.

Sony's Head of Communications, Nick Caplin wrote:


We will be offering PSN users the opportunity to select two PS3 games from a list of five, as well as offering PSP users the opportunity to choose two games from a list of four. We will let you know exactly what games are available very soon.



They're also going to be offering free identity theft tools, though I suspect that to sign up for them you'll have to agree not to sue them.

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Since the PlayStation Network's breach and the subsequent theft of user information, the possibility of identity fraud went way up for a lot of gamers. Sony detailed plans to offer identity theft protection to PSN users in the United States today. Plans for individuals in international PSN territories have not been described but that information should be available soon.

Thinking about enrolling in the complimentary service? Here's the run down:

* Cyber monitoring and surveillance of the Internet to detect exporsure of an AllClear ID Plus customer's personal information, including monitoring of criminal web sites and date recovered by law enforcement. If his/her personal information is found, the customer will be alerted by phone and/or email and will be provided advice and support regarding protective steps to take. The customer will also receive monthly identity status reports. Debix works with an alliance of cyber-crime experts from the government, academia and industry to provide these services.

* Priority access to licensed investigators and identity restoration specialists. If an AllClear ID Plus customer receives an alert, or otherwise suspects that he/she may be the victim of identity theft, the customer can speak directly, on a priority basis, with an on-staff licensed private investigator, who will conduct a comprehensive inquiry. In the case of an identity theft, the customer can work with an identity restoration specialist to contact creditors and others, and take necessary steps to restore the customer’s identity.

* A $1 million identity theft insurance policy per user to provide additional protection in the event that an AllClear ID Plus customer becomes a victim of identity theft. This insurance would provide financial relief of up to $1 million for covered identity restoration costs, legal defense expenses, and lost wages that occur within 12 months after the stolen identity event.



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VERY smart move on their part about the free identity protection service. I'll definitely seriously consider taking them up on that offer.

It's also a brilliant legal move. In a case that needs to prove damages, you basically just lost your chance to do so since Sony's giving you identity protection to ensure that... you don't suffer damages.

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I wonder what titles we can expect? Hope they are good ones, that I don't have. :P

Edited, May 6th 2011 8:27pm by idiggory
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???

It as in the hack? It as in offering identity protection? It as in free games because Live went down?
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???

It as in the hack? It as in offering identity protection? It as in free games because Live went down?


The first one.
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That first one is Sony Europe only, we don't even know if everyone else will be able to select games or if they are just given one. The second one is U.S. only for now, since the majority of all PSN accounts are in the States. 31 million compared to Japan's 7.5 million.

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So things are getting interesting.

Key points:
-Anon "officially" claims that they didn't attack Sony.

-But some members of Anon have told CNet that the ones that launched the attack WERE Anon members, just not working with the consent of the group.

-Anon is apparently planning an attack for this weekend, in protest of how Sony has handled the breach and in retaliation for accusing them (which Sony did, because the hackers left a file titled "Anonymous" and an image of the Anon logo in their files). Considering the fact that they might finally have gotten PSN back up soon, I'm going to say, "C'mon Anon! I haven't ****** you off, and I wanna plaaaaay!"
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So things are getting interesting.

Key points:
-Anon "officially" claims that they didn't attack Sony.

-But some members of Anon have told CNet that the ones that launched the attack WERE Anon members, just not working with the consent of the group.

-Anon is apparently planning an attack for this weekend, in protest of how Sony has handled the breach and in retaliation for accusing them (which Sony did, because the hackers left a file titled "Anonymous" and an image of the Anon logo in their files). Considering the fact that they might finally have gotten PSN back up soon, I'm going to say, "C'mon Anon! I haven't ****** you off, and I wanna plaaaaay!"


Neither is going to happen since Sony is keeping the PSN down for an indefinite amount of time.

http://kotaku.com/#!5799556/sony-latest-update-on-playstation-network-status-doesnt-sound-good
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Oh well, good thing it's finals week for me. Hopefully they'll have it up by the end of next week.
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This is getting ridiculous now. These people need to get a life and stop ruining gaming enjoyment for all the millions of PS3 online gamers.

Note that I don't own a PS3, nor do I play online games (apart from FFXI).

Do these people think they're some kind of vigilante group or something?
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Update: PSN status estimate says it's not going to be up till May 31th.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-05-09/sony-s-playstation-qriocity-services-remain-shut-uncertain-on-restart.html
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So it'll come back up the day my summer class starts.


Awesome.

Though to be fair, the wording of the article is questionable. I want to know what they mean that the vow to restart services by the 31st remains unchanged. That could just suggest that Sony's worst case scenario plan had the system back up by the 31st and that, despite other set backs, that maximum hasn't moved. In such a case, it's not anything to worry about.
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Do these people think they're some kind of vigilante group or something?
You mean people hacking corporations to take financial/personal information from people for the purpose of making money off of them through various criminal activities? I suspect those people know that they're criminals out to make money off of information they steal.
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You mean people hacking corporations to take financial/personal information from people for the purpose of making money off of them through various criminal activities? I suspect those people know that they're criminals out to make money off of information they steal.


I think he's talking about the Denial of Service attack that Anon was planning to launch this weekend.
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You mean people hacking corporations to take financial/personal information from people for the purpose of making money off of them through various criminal activities? I suspect those people know that they're criminals out to make money off of information they steal.


I think he's talking about the Denial of Service attack that Anon was planning to launch this weekend.


Yeah I don't understand that (if they really said that they'd do it). Seems like a petty move, and one that doesn't justify the risk of the increased attention from the feds that it'd be sure to engender.

Anon should pick their battles with a bit more discretion, methinks.
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Yeah I don't understand that (if they really said that they'd do it). Seems like a petty move, and one that doesn't justify the risk of the increased attention from the feds that it'd be sure to engender.

Anon should pick their battles with a bit more discretion, methinks.


They announced they were going to attack Sony, in retaliation for blaming the initial hack on them. It wasn't Anon, but it was apparently a subgroup that's part of Anon working independently from the rest.

Anon's a group of jerks, yeah, but they've never stolen this kind of info before. They mostly do DoS attacks and release private company info to the public, if their target has seriously ****** them off in some way. But one of the veterans of the group reported to CNet that some of its affiliates were definitely part of the group that attacked SOE.

Also, I doubt Anon cares about ******* off the gov't. For one thing, they're a worldwide "organization." Plus, they've done more than enough already that it's highly likely the FBI was already putting a decent amount of money into investigating the group. Frankly, adding more DoS attacks isn't going to really change anything. If the investigation's going to get more support from the federal gov't, it's going to be over the breach, not over the petty service attacks.

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Also, I specify the US because I live here. But Anon's also launch quite a few attacks on European organizations as well. Their gov'ts are likely funding investigations as well.

Edited, May 10th 2011 10:36am by idiggory
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The whole thing is pretty stupid. Yes, they've disrupted SOE and cost them a boat load of money. But they've ended up ******* off way too many innocent gamers.

Bad form, Anon (or whomever), bad form.
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Yeah I don't understand that (if they really said that they'd do it). Seems like a petty move, and one that doesn't justify the risk of the increased attention from the feds that it'd be sure to engender.

Anon should pick their battles with a bit more discretion, methinks.


They announced they were going to attack Sony, in retaliation for blaming the initial hack on them. It wasn't Anon, but it was apparently a subgroup that's part of Anon working independently from the rest.

Anon's a group of jerks, yeah, but they've never stolen this kind of info before. They mostly do DoS attacks and release private company info to the public, if their target has seriously ****** them off in some way. But one of the veterans of the group reported to CNet that some of its affiliates were definitely part of the group that attacked SOE.

Also, I doubt Anon cares about ******* off the gov't. For one thing, they're a worldwide "organization." Plus, they've done more than enough already that it's highly likely the FBI was already putting a decent amount of money into investigating the group. Frankly, adding more DoS attacks isn't going to really change anything. If the investigation's going to get more support from the federal gov't, it's going to be over the breach, not over the petty service attacks.

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Also, I specify the US because I live here. But Anon's also launch quite a few attacks on European organizations as well. Their gov'ts are likely funding investigations as well.

Edited, May 10th 2011 10:36am by idiggory


Eh, I feel like it all adds to it. More Anon attacks/namedropping (of any variety) = more attention = more outcry (and lobbying) = more government attention.

I suppose my problem with it is that I feel like Anon could do some good with their skills. It'd be a shame if instead they just incite further government intervention with petty, selfish crap. The negative consequences aren't worth it.

Edited, May 10th 2011 12:37pm by Eske
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Well, they're actually kinda a chaotic neutral force, lol. Sometimes, they use their powers for good, sometimes for evil, but always for the sheer pleasure of watching their victims squirm. :P

A decent amount of corruption has been made public because of them over the years. But that's not to say that a lot of innocent people haven't been hurt, too.

The real problem is that the group isn't a hard organization. It's a collective of hackers who come and go. And none of them really know any personal info about the others, beyond the ways they style themselves. So investigating is a b*tch. All agencies can really do s investigate specific cyber crimes. And ****, even if they managed to track down one hacker, the amount of info he/she can even actually provide would probably be minimal. I'm guessing trust isn't really a common emotion felt between Anon members.

So, when it comes to funding, a DoS attack just isn't going to be important compared to an information leak. There's just no reason to care--that money is way better spent trying to track down the ones who actually stole personal info.
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Don't know if I was the only one confused by this, but apparently the idea is to return "full" service (store & everything) by the end of May. They're hoping to have gaming back online a bit sooner. Their PR rep said something to the extent of "at least a few more days." I'm hoping it's up this weekend, but who the **** really knows?

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More info on the attacks, apparently the crooks used a server rented through Amazon to perform the attack. Even though they used false information in order to rent it out, the culprits may be arrested sooner than expected if the can determine the source IP range.

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Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN)’s Web Services cloud - computing unit was used by hackers in last month’s attack against Sony Corp. (6758)’s online entertainment systems, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

Hackers using an alias signed up to rent a server through Amazon’s EC2 service and launched the attack from there, said the person, who requested anonymity because the information is confidential. The account has been shut down, the person said.

The development sheds light on how hackers used the so- called cloud to carry out the second-biggest online theft of personal information to date. The incursion, which compromised the personal accounts of more than 100 million Sony customers, was “a very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack,” Sony has said.

Drew Herdener, a spokesman for Seattle-based Amazon, declined to comment.

“We’re continuing to work with law enforcement in an ongoing investigation into the situation,” said Patrick Seybold, a U.S. spokesman for Tokyo-based Sony. “As such, we will not comment further on this matter.”

The hackers didn’t break into the Amazon servers, the person said. Rather, they signed up for the service just as a legitimate company would, using fake information.

Even so, the breach at Amazon is likely to call attention to concerns some businesses have voiced over the security of computing services delivered via others’ remote servers, referred to as cloud computing.

Cloud security is Amazon’s top priority, Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos said at an event sponsored by Consumer Reports magazine this week.
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“Data security is one of these great dynamic situations where the bad guys get better, and the good guys have to keep getting better too -- it’s not a static situation,” Bezos said, Fast Company’s website reported. “I don’t think this is ever going away -- it’s like trying to say that you’re going to get crime to go away.”

The use of a hijacked or rented server to launch attacks is typical for sophisticated hackers. The proliferation of server farms around the globe has made such misdirection easier, said E.J. Hilbert, president of the security company Online Intelligence and a former FBI cyber-crime investigator.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation will likely subpoena Amazon as part of its investigation process, or it may try to obtain a search warrant, Hilbert said.

“The subpoena will give law enforcement a history of the transactions,” or who had access to the specific Internet address at that time, Hilbert said. “The search warrant will get them more detailed information, including payment information and which credit card was used.”
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Herdener declined to say whether Amazon has been subpoenaed or served with a search warrant.

FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth, a spokesman for the agency’s San Diego office, said he couldn’t comment on whether the agency had served Amazon with a search warrant or subpoena.

“We are following up on each and every lead,” Foxworth said.

Amazon Web Services leases computing space to companies such as Netflix Inc. (NFLX) and Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY) so they don’t have to buy their own servers to store data and handle a surge in visitors. The unit brought in about $500 million in revenue in the past year, according to estimates from Barclays Capital and Lazard Capital Markets, or about 1.5 percent of Amazon’s $34.2 billion in 2010 sales. The company doesn’t disclose revenue from Web services.
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Sony offered customers a free year of identify-theft protection after its PlayStation Network and Qriocity entertainment networks were crippled by the attack. Thieves may have stolen credit-card, debit records and other personal information from customers of Sony Online Entertainment, a third service. The New York Attorney General’s office has subpoenaed Sony, according to a person familiar with the probe.

Network security breaches are part of a trend that saw the costs of such invasions jump 48 percent, to an average of $318 per compromised record last year, according to a March report by the Ponemon Institute.

Malicious attacks in the U.S. are on the rise. They climbed 7 percentage points in 2010, with data breaches costing U.S. businesses an average of $7.2 million per incident, according to the Ponemon Institute report. The study found that about 85 percent of all U.S. companies have experienced one or more attacks.
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PSN is partially back up, you can download firmware 3.61 in order to update you passwords. The U.S. PSN Blog posted a map that will update us when the multiplayer portion of PSN will become active in each state. Currently all states are marked as off, the state is supposed to change color when it goes active.

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/05/14/play-on-%E2%80%93-psn-restoration-begins-now/


Edit: Correction, you can download the firmware update but still can't update your password till the network goes up.

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Kickass. I've been wanting to play Demons Souls all day, but haven't because part of what I loved about the game were the messages left around the levels.

In any case, I'm going to celebrate with some online play tomorrow--Black Ops or AC:Brotherhood.

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Seems like the update is probably pretty big, which wouldn't be surprising. It's been going since before I posted this and is only at 56% now.

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Nvm, just went from 56-100 in a few seconds, lol.

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Kickass. I've been wanting to play Demons Souls all day, but haven't because part of what I loved about the game were the messages left around the levels.

I hate the messages. 90% of them say "I'm in trouble, please recommend this message". Why they would even add that as an option is beyond me.
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Kickass. I've been wanting to play Demons Souls all day, but haven't because part of what I loved about the game were the messages left around the levels.

I hate the messages. 90% of them say "I'm in trouble, please recommend this message". Why they would even add that as an option is beyond me.


Biggest laugh I got when I started playing was a message telling you to jump into the hole with the disintegrator spell at the bottom in World 1-1. Watched the ghosts of 4 different people hop right in.
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Map has been updated, so far Maine to Jersey is up.
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