We learned earlier that Sony Online Entertainment suffered a security breach, which resulted in the exposure of 24.6 million accounts and 12,700 credit card numbers.

But in addition to the facts that the card info was taken from an out-of-date database circa 2007, and that no American card data appeared to have been stolen, there's another piece of good news: according to GamesIndustry.biz , only about 900 of those 12,700 cards were active at the time of the theft. That makes the breach significantly less damaging and allows most consumers to breathe easier. We should mention we've seen a lot of nightmare predictions and erroneous reports online concerning the SOE (and PSN) breach, and it has resulted in a lot of alarmist reactions. Perhaps it's best to stick to the facts; otherwise, we'll gain absolutely no respect from a journalistic standpoint. Now is the time to be professional.

On a side note, Sony has agreed to answer questions from Congress concerning the Network hack; those questions can be seen through that link and were listed in the New York Times. Congress imposed a May 6 deadline for responses and Sony will hit that deadline; they will offer answers to questions like, "When did you become aware of the illegal and unauthorized intrusion?" and "How did you become aware of the breach?"

And by the way, the Network isn't back up just yet.

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Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

i read the questions that congress submitted to sony and they were resonable questions. the tone of letter congress sent to sony wasn't that bad, eitherr.

i thoght psn was coming up today. does anybody know anything?

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
9 years ago

Hopefully it will come back up later this week atleast that's what I heard.

TheAgingHipster
TheAgingHipster
9 years ago

Congress: "Sony, how could you not take more care to protect and respect the identity and privacy of those you represent?"
Sony: "I should ask you the same thing."


Last edited by TheAgingHipster on 5/3/2011 9:38:41 PM

TheAgingHipster
TheAgingHipster
9 years ago

Not a real question from Congress. Just something I thought of and found amusing. ๐Ÿ™‚

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

TheAgingHipster,

Amusing….but true!

Clamedeus
Clamedeus
9 years ago

Indeed, that is very true.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

It's to bad it seems that some are forgetting that very thing.

If anyone thinks that Sony is the first to lose YOUR information (or willingly let it go), you are only fooling yourself.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
9 years ago

Both, our Senate & our Congress can't get their own houses in order, so how can we expect anything more than more totally grandstanding publicity stunts, & padding their own health benefits & retirement packages from them.

Plus look how many have been outed over the years, as thieves, adulterers, & scamming kick-back artists.

Dreno
Dreno
9 years ago

Well atleast only 900 out of the 12,7000 were active. That's. A lot less damage than what could have been, still I feel bad for those people.

And take that congress, thinking sony is gonna drop the ball. You got cha answers, what meow?

NoOneSpecial
NoOneSpecial
9 years ago

This is good news indeed, but if I had an associated account (from 2007 or not) I would still cancel it, just to be safe.

On a side note, I turned on my PS3 today to play some GT5 and was beyond excited when I saw it was actually attempting to log in, instead of the same error message….but it ended up being a false alarm ๐Ÿ™ sadface.


Last edited by NoOneSpecial on 5/3/2011 9:51:22 PM

Zen_Zarab
Zen_Zarab
9 years ago

Hopes up for tommorrow ๐Ÿ˜€

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Congress is funny, they know nothing and do nothing and yet demand answers from everybody from Sony to Elmo to Stephen Colbert.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

LOL! I can't believe they actually invited Colbert to testify in character. Such a wise use of our tax dollars.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I hope they call up a Weekend at Bernie's routine with Bin Laden's corpse answering questions in sunglasses.

tes37
tes37
9 years ago

Colbert cracked me up when he said his ancestors came to this country, for the same reason many others did. To escape murder charges.


Last edited by tes37 on 5/3/2011 10:23:06 PM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Congress ticks me off so much with this side-show act of theirs. Summoning people to testify in hearings that don't matter at all. Congress can't get it's act together to put together meaningful legislation on the digital economy and matters pertaining to it's secure operation. And yet they can spare the time to rake a victim over the coals. Seriously, this hack is costing Sony millions and may cost billions in the end. What has Congress done to help? Nothing. Less than nothing in fact since they don't even want to stand firm on platform security as it is. It sure feels like Congress is adding additional difficulty to the pile on Sony already. I'd like to see Congress do something constructive instead of looking to punish Sony for somehow failing to do better than every other major company that's been hacked in the last decade.

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

Congress can't get their act together in reducing the US deficit which will hit its upper limits by August if they cannot agree to increase the debt ceiling.

Absolutely frightening…

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

BIGRED15
BIGRED15
9 years ago

im excited to hear how they address congress and then the laws congress puts in place to ensure better security. After that im ready to bury the hatchet on this.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Yes because more government and laws written by politicians who know nothing about internet security will solve the problem.

/

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Jawknee,

Sadly, lawmakers are the best we have. The FCC was supposed to make regulations in the communications sphere, and that should cover the Internet, but they have no teeth and no power to make it happen. The library of Congress and Copyright office have the power to help content providers protect their wares, but generally decline to get involved and instead defer to Congress.

You sure don't want the law made by judges setting precedent. The law as it stands doesn't apply well to the digital future, and court decisions based on that law will suffer the same problem.

Congress must step in and review the entire digital economy and how it needs to me regulated, because without regulation, it's essentially a virtual wild west, and the number of hacks will continue to climb.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

With all due respect, I and sincerely mean that, you and I aren't going to agree on this "Net Neutrality" issue. It's an issue that has to do with freedom for me and our ability as free people to create our business' and run them as we see fit as long as we are not hurting or stealing from anyone. The State doesn't have the right to essentially take over a private companies business and force ISP's to run it the way Congress wants them to. ISP's aren't hurting or stealing from anyone. If people don't like the service or the price they are paying they can go else where. That's the beauty of Capitalism. We get to vote with our wallets. Bandwidth isn't free and the more we use the more we pay for. If price controls are put in place, it's only going to hurt the business and cost us more money. I guess my only point is, internet is not a right as some of the net neutrality people want us to believe.


Last edited by Jawknee on 5/3/2011 11:41:07 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Also just wanted to note that if there is a meaningful and affective way to come up with laws that help ISP's mitigate and control the hacking issue, I would be all for that, but I just don't trust our Congress, who is full of trial lawyers and career politicians, knows how to do that without hurting the ISP's themselves and costing them more money. I'd rather they work with the ISP's on a solution instead of dictating to them what they think they should do.


Last edited by Jawknee on 5/3/2011 11:57:50 PM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

I wasn't referring to net neutrality, I was referring to the wider picture of trying to build a reliable and safe infrastructure for the digital economy.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

BTW, may I just say my comment about Congress, the FCC, the Library of Congress and the Copyright office was not in any way about net neutrality, nor any partisan political concept. As much as some (including MaxPontiac apparently) believe that some of my comments are politically motivated, that is not the case. I don't even have a horse in the race. I can't vote in the US, and I wouldn't even if I did because I do not involve myself in party politics. I have my views on issues of the day, sometimes they align with the views of one or other political movement. That is all, I do not, and will not support one party over the other.

On specific issues, I will disagree completely with one or other (or both) parties in the US, and it would be true to say that in terms of the US political landscape I might be considered centerist. Funnily enough, in the UK, my views were considered somewhat right of center, and in the US the same views are considered by many to be left of center. I don't really care which they are, they are my views, and nothing else. I was excited when Obama got elected because it was/is a truly historic event. In some ways it says that this country has finally broken from it's past, but that does not make me a supporter of his party.

I want this to be clear because in a previous thread it was suggested that I make posts that are political in motivation. I do not, and will not. That doesn't mean I will never comment on a topical issue, nor does it mean that I support one or other political grouping even if my view happens to coincide with theirs. Before anyone jumps all over this post, consider this, stating one's personal opinion on an issue is *not* the same as making a political opinion, or offering support to a given political group.

Our society has become so politically charged and polarized that a person can't offer a simple opinion without being labelled with some politically charged name. Whatever happened to people being able to have and express their own personal views without that leading to a full scale debate over their voting preferences?

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

I didn't think you were being partisan. I read your comment at first and it sounded like you were talking about net neutrality. I know where you stand on certain issues as you and I have had this converstaion before. So no worries. Thanks for clarifying. ๐Ÿ™‚

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

No worries Jawknee. It's just important to me that people do not misunderstand me. I really do not support any political organization. I am as far as possible politically neutral.

The whole net neutrality thing is the horse that bolted and the stable door is swinging in the wind. There's no point worrying about it now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

You know with rising gas and food prices and the toll it's taking on lower income people, it sure is nice that Congress is focused on harassing another corporation about issues it knows nothing about instead of issuing drilling permits and putting a stop to ethanol subsidies. Our tax dollars at work people!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

I'd rather they harass big oil.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Then we would be paying more.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Not if I were in charge.

NoOneSpecial
NoOneSpecial
9 years ago

Well I guess that's how it works. I disregarded being heavily into politics a long time ago, after realizog that no matter what we say (or thy say) nothing realy changes. Hopefully the next generation can change that, but I'm not getting my hopes up.

SayWord
SayWord
9 years ago

@world hahah "not if I was incharge" please by any means necessary, make that happen!


Last edited by SayWord on 5/3/2011 10:42:32 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

My avatar will be my campaign propaganda poster ๐Ÿ™‚

SayWord
SayWord
9 years ago

I just noticed I didn't phrase your sentence right. ๐Ÿ™ haha and yes that would be an awesome poster.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

So now would be a bad time to point out the obscene profits being booked by the Oil business right now?

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Who are you to say they are "obscene"? They take the risk, they get the oil out of the ground and ship it to market and refine it so that we can drive our cars to and from the places we need to go. Much rather have them do it than the state. And by the way, no one makes more on every dollar of gas we buy than the Federal government.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

My wallet says it's obscene.

๐Ÿ˜‰

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

My wallet says it's obscene. Well, it does after the exclamation of pain…

๐Ÿ˜‰


Last edited by TheHighlander on 5/3/2011 11:27:00 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Haha, I'm with you on that. My wallet is screaming too but instead of putting more restrictions on the oil and gas providers(which only translates into highers prices as they pass their extra costs onto the consumer) and burning corn for fuel, we need to figure safe and effective ways to to let big and small oil companies do what they do best.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Your avatar is my favorite on this site World. I only wish I would have thought of it first. ๐Ÿ™‚

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Thanks Jawknee, I like to change my avatar a lot, but I am loath to part with this one even for a while.

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

World, keep that taaar… its superb.

I wish Congress keep harassing the gamblers on Wall street and the gambling bankers… what a farce, and what damage they have caused in the past few years…

Incredible!

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

A trillion thumbs up for you Qubex, my pension and 401K applaud you.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

A trillion thumbs up for you Qubex, my pension and 401K applaud you.

tes37
tes37
9 years ago

Hopefully this is being done with the sole purpose of helping Sony procure an effective solution. If not, I hope they don't waste Sony's time.

Has anyone received their playstation shirt yet? Mine showed up Monday. The shirt is better quality than some that I spent money on, like the Red Dead Redemption shirt I bought.


Last edited by tes37 on 5/3/2011 10:17:21 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Are they those Sony Rewards T-shirts? I haven't gotten one but I never got into the Rewards beta.

tes37
tes37
9 years ago

Yeah. They say playstation in Japanese. At least, that's what I think it says. A card was with it that has the same writing with playstation in parenthesis below it.

SayWord
SayWord
9 years ago

Awesome! :0

johnld
johnld
9 years ago

i never got mine and i worked on mine like crazy to get to pro. i played like 5+ games and a bunch of quests and so far my bar increased by 1/4.

tes37
tes37
9 years ago

johnld, as long as they have your current address, you should be getting one. The card says they're being sent to beta testers who reached one of the tiers.


Last edited by tes37 on 5/3/2011 11:44:20 PM