FireWallSide Chat: PSN Is Compromised

Sony has been through quite a lot of trouble this generation, and 2011 hasn't been that much better. Now that we know our personal info is compromised, our editors weigh in on the touchy subject.
Author: Ryan Green
Published: April 26, 2011
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On Monday, the crack team at TotalPlayStation.com took it upon ourselves to talk about the current situation with the PlayStation Network. At the time, we heard many rumors, both from within the Ivory Industry Tower to the moat of hatred that is the Internet, but nothing at all was certain. I called it the FireWallSide Chat out of randomness, but the news that unfolded late this afternoon from Sony made this name more relevant to us than it was before.


Although we won’t burden you with our much more optimistic views from before, we will share what transcribed after the announcement. During these scary times of boogey men and hitmongering, we hope you can find some solace in the following FireWallSide Chat.

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Ryan Green, Senior Managing Editor
Well, I guess things (for the PSN and our chat about the intrusion) are returning back to square one. My Darwin; things have really gone in an emotionally debilitating direction today, haven't they?

From the extremely lengthy email and PlayStation Blog post, Sony has finally reveled that hackers may have gotten their nubby little mitts on your precious personal information, and your credit card info and passwords may be involved there. That is sort of big-flippin' news. But, even with this latest press release from Sony (which primarily consisted of cautionary and support information), we know very little about the attack itself, or when we can get our game back on. Yeah, some people are more concerned about playing games and downloading new ones, in the face of Personal Information Armageddon. To those crazy bastards, I salute them.

Needless to say, there is a rather pissed-off consumer base now, and I've seen a lot of "I'm going to Xbox" or "Imma sue you with my big fancy lawyer-mans". Seriously, can any of you sort out this mess?

Aram Lecis, Senior Editor
I'm still of the "I'm not fully sure what really happened and this looks like Sony covering their asses just in case" mindset. That in no way forgives them for not saying anything sooner, but it also tells me it is pretty likely that it isn't as bad as people are suddenly claiming. Could Sony really have suspected this from the get-go and not said a word? Sure, but that isn't likely.

Honestly, these alleged hackers have had this info for almost a week now, and as far as I know there is not one verified report of anyone on PSN having their accounts breached. You'd think we would have heard about it by now if it had happened, and since this sort of info devalues as time goes by, if someone was looking to use it maliciously, they'd already be doing so.

Still this whole thing sucks, and I don't blame people for taking the safe way out and canceling shit and changing passwords. Sony certainly isn't the first person to suffer an attack like this and in actuality, they seem to be far more aggressive in at least handling the situation and taking the PR hit and doing the right thing than a lot of other places.

I just want to watch Netflix again.

Scott Rodgers, Sports Editor
Put me in the camp of "ordered a new credit card and changed every password he has on the Internet." Maybe I'm being overly cautious, maybe I'm just feeding into the paranoia machine, but I have seen what one case of identity theft can do to someone. It's a very real worry that I have and even if there's a peep of insecurity I take the necessary precautions. Hopefully there will be no problems, but just the risk caused me to take extra precautions.

I really don't know what to say about Sony at this point. I'll withhold judgment but the fact that this happened so quickly and suddenly is worrisome. Was the security nothing more than a house of cards that folded under the first big threat? Is this just a case of someone out there being way too smart for their own good? I have no idea, and I doubt we'll ever really know because this individual (or group) has probably gone so deep underground that the only interaction they have is from the equally hidden Vacuum Kitten Killer.

If I can't trust that my information is safe and that I'll have clear, concise information if there's a breach in the timeliest way possible, what can I believe? I'm not going to swear off Sony or anything crazy like that, but I may think long and hard about ever putting a legitimate answer in their security questions. Not like I can change the city I was born in, my mother's maiden name, or anything like that.

Guess I'll just have to stick to PSN cards from now on. Which is fine nowadays but when I initially linked up my card I couldn't even find the damn things in stores and Amazon didn't sell them. I suppose we all learned a lesson here.
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