It seems all the top stories concerning the current PlayStation Network outage revolve around exaggeration, falsities, and outright hatred.

Of course, that means the more down-to-earth and informative articles disappear in the chaos. Not long after the Internet exploded with news about Sony being dragged before Congress (or so it was stated), and Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal's "scathing" letter to Sony executives demanding they react, another story has surfaced : Blumenthal now says Sony's response to this whole mess "could serve as a model for other companies facing similar criminal hacking."

In a released statement, Blumenthal praised Sony's plan to offer identity theft protection for PSN users, and called it a "strong first step toward protecting millions of consumers." He still believes Sony could've warned users earlier (and in that respect, we agree), but in the long run, this breach should remind us that "our laws and data security resources must keep pace with advancing technology." Cyber-terrorism is bound to be a very real problem in the coming years, and as most security experts say, your information isn't really safe anywhere.

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Helghast
Helghast
9 years ago

I think Sony is handling the situation pretty good. I hope the network is up soon, but I am glad they are not rushing it. The people that are yelling and screaming saying that Sony sucks because they are taking too long, are the same people that would be yelling and screaming if Sony rushed it and the network got hacked again. I feel bad for Sony because some people will just NEVER be happy.

Mdash0009
Mdash0009
9 years ago

yep, sony is doing a good job not letting themselves be rushed by all the impatient complainyers. they know impatient complainers are wrong. theyre making sure evey1s info is secure so that this will never happen again. better to hav it done right then quick. i like sony =)


Last edited by Mdash0009 on 5/11/2011 10:14:37 PM

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

Excellent point.

I guess people just love to complain. Working at the cinemas, it's all too common there, regardless of how well we keep everything clean and organised.

tazdood1199
tazdood1199
9 years ago

So tired of the complaining about PSN not being back up yet. If you want it to be hacked again, by all means bring it back now. Just stop bitching.

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

we killed bin laden when psn is down…who knows what we capable of 🙂


Last edited by gangan19 on 5/11/2011 9:28:19 PM

DirtySkillzHD
DirtySkillzHD
9 years ago

@gangan19, wtf? Anyways, i have to agree with Helghast, better safe than sorry.I can't wait to see the features this new and improved PSN has to offer, from what i hear there is a slew of new features coming our way.


Last edited by DirtySkillzHD on 5/11/2011 9:31:13 PM

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

after ten years or so, the guy was hiding, psn goes down… and guess what happens.

it's was a lil joke don't make it to complicated.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

If you've seen the pic of President Obama playing PS3 attempting to "control" things in the situation room at the time of Bin Laden's death, it makes a whole lot more sense. 😉

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

lol, did someone do a PS3 photoshop job on that one pic?


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 5/11/2011 11:34:25 PM

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago
WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

HAHA, that's the look on my face when getting pwned in an FPS. Now I know why Hilary had her hand over her mouth.


Last edited by WorldEndsWithMe on 5/12/2011 12:02:01 AM

gangan19
gangan19
9 years ago

that is a really serious gaming face

BIGRED15
BIGRED15
9 years ago

Yea u eat them words senator D*bag! this is exactly how a company should handle crises like this. People keep pissin and moanin about how sony failed to keep them informed. Bull****! Iam about at a point where I just want to kick the complainers and decietful journalists right in the ball bags. If u ask me you're all lucky sony kept you informed PERIOD. Any other company would have tried to keep it underwraps and then u'd be really screwed because you'd be without any forewarning of fraud spam spyware etc. So now what? Oh you cant play online who really gives a flying ****! U OWN A PS3 for god sake lol, its not like sony entertainment completely hinges on the well being of the PSN.

Well ben im happy to say i saw an article similar to this the other day (suprisingly ur not the only one with common sense) unfortunately i can no longer find it due to the overwhelming ammount of negetive press…. wah wah wah…

Bigtuna1
Bigtuna1
9 years ago

Although I agree that the press Sony has been getting over this is crazy and absurd, but there should be no surprise by the reaction of the masses. This is exactly why most companies keep these things under wraps. It may not be fair but it is the reality that we live in. ME ME ME NOW NOW NOW

Secondly for those that don't use psn much and find it ok to tell others how to use there ps3… go jump off a cliff or something. Believe it or not some people only play one or two games and if those games are online only (MAG or Warhawk anybody) than they are totally down a gaming system. Just because you don't use yours that way gives you no right to tell others how they should use it.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

Don't agree with the way you put it BigRed, but I do agree with your opinion that Sony did more than any other company would.

Might wanna tone down the explicit negative language their, mate. I know you're passionate about this, but Ben tries to keep things civil around here. Just my 2 cents. 🙂

BIGRED15
BIGRED15
9 years ago

oh and yea, sony gets even more brownie points with the new updates, the free stuff, ID theft protection etc. cheers to that. plus psn was free to begin with so i can dig a little bonus.

Lairfan
Lairfan
9 years ago

Journalistic Integrity Scoreboard:

Ben Dutka – 300,000
Pretty much everyone else – 0
IGN – -1000

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

Come on. Ben gets his news from 'pretty much everyone else'.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Porkchop-
Theirs a difference between posting a mature, professional article though. Yea we get it news has to start some where, but what good is that news if your portraying it wrong and giving readers a false statement of what is really going on? That's not journalism it's childish writing from junior high! Honeslty that's all gaming news is these days are wannabe writers filling up the cyber space. It's embarrassing to those of us who enjoy common sense in an article.


Last edited by bigrailer19 on 5/11/2011 11:35:34 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

It's the lack of wild fox news-like spinning that counts PorkChop.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

In less and maybe wiser words, what world said!

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

But everyone else a 0? Get real. In fact, as much as people harp on the immaturity of Xbox owners, the few 360-centric sites I frequent have made no mention of this problem or taken any potshots(i.e. editorials) at Sony. He's not the only one being respectful of this situation. That's all I'm saying.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

Then those sites are to be commended and recommended.

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

haha. No, but I think people lump everyone else in with the craziness of a few at Gamespot and IGN.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Absolutely what world said because you don't see that often anymore!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

and kotaku, destructoid, etc

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

Never been on those. I usually stick to exclusive sites because the news and info is perfect for the particular console.


Last edited by PorkChopGamer on 5/12/2011 12:22:30 AM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Xbox-centric sites have no reason to post news about this; it has nothing to do with them. That's not being respectful. That's just abiding by the site parameters.

When a new Xbox is announced, there will be no news here about it. Maybe I'll do an editorial, but even that's unlikely, unless I link it with something Sony-related.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

PorkChop,

I know for a fact – yes fact – that Ben gets news from press releases, inside contacts, and other sources like contacts, twitter and of course news tips. I also know for a fact that before Ben posts a story here he checks it's sources to verify the story rather than simply-repost something. You'll tend to find that Ben also writes lots of editorials on topics of the day, and game reviews.

Sorry, but you are burning through what little credibility you have with other contributors in this community. Perhaps you could check the attitude at the door, it might help you.

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

Highlander- I wasted alot of my credibility capital on the Last Rebellion thing. Don't have much else to lose. Seriously, just here to share my opinion. You like it, cool. You hate it, that's cool, as well. I can't be fake to be accepted.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Unless I missed something, no one is suggesting you should somehow act fake.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

no one's suggesting you should be fake. They're merely suggesting you're wrong. I, personally, don't believe objective comments can be accepted by referring to an opinion.

In regards to this topic, almost "everyone else" got their news from Sony's blog. Most then twisted the comments through their own minor inaccuracies. The only "everyone else" news Ben gets is due to interviews and the like.

Pretty much every site gets it news from "everyone else". It's sort of how news happens… from word spreading. The difference is in how a particular journalist interperets the news and how they spin it.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Those "5 thumbs down" tell me that five people need to move on from PSX.

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

Okay, I don't see why people can't understand this. It's like I'm stuck in Rand McNally, where people wear hats on their feet and hamburgers eat people.

I think Ben is a good journalist. But what the culture is around here is that everything should be trashed for the upliftling of something you like. Stuff like 'Stupid Xbots' permeates most articles. Why is that necessary? I hate liver but every time my wife cooks something I don't rag on liver constantly to uplift the pork chops(heh).
Ben can still be awesome but to make like he's Cronkite and everyone else that is out there working hard is trash is pretty silly. Give props, sure but let's admit that there are other professionals out there.

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Pork Chop, attacking Ben won't get you anything but banned.

By all means, keep it up.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Like I said, I get what PorkChop is saying. I know there are plenty of other journalists out there who have handled all this quite well.

I think maybe people are taking more offense to his defense of other sites they don't like. Or something like that. I don't think his point has anything to do with me or PSXE.


Last edited by Ben Dutka PSXE on 5/12/2011 5:51:11 PM

TheCanadianGuy
TheCanadianGuy
9 years ago

1 Thing Nobody Has Said Yet Its A Real Shame Of All Years For This To Happen It Happens In What Probably Would'a Went Down As ThePS3's Best Year Of Its LifeCycle. Years From Now When Everyone Thinks Back On PS3 In 2011 This BS Is All They'll Bring Up. It To Bad


Last edited by TheCanadianGuy on 5/11/2011 10:24:03 PM

rogers71
rogers71
9 years ago

I disagree wholeheartedly. I think that once the PSN is up and everyone gets back to some normalcy, this whole thing will blow over and be forgotten.

Now, if this kind of thing happens again, well, that is another thing altogether.

Ben,
Like they say, Patience is a virtue and it is in short supply with people these days. This outage hasn't affected me but I am looking forward to when it comes back up, just to see what kind of goodies Sony throws on the Store.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

I agree with Rogers.

The PS3 problem of February last year, where the internal clock mistook the day for a leap year and couldn't sync with the network, is a faded memory to many.

While this may take time to fade, it will be just that, a memory. Sure, many might not use their credit cards like they used to and many will change their private info, but so long as the network is back up again, people will happily play.

As for those who traded their PS3 for a 360, you'll regret it once Uncharted 3, Twisted Metal, Last Guardian and Resistence 3 come out. You might have to cut back on a game or 2 each year to help pay for your Live subscription too.

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

Rogers71, some damage has been done… and that is a fact too. We can't quantify specifically yet, but I think some customers have turned away to the dark side of the force.

It's a loss to themselves…

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
9 years ago

Q-

Your talking a very minimal amount of people. You can argue a minimal amount is still a loss. But its not worth arguin over when it'll hardly be noticed.

TheCanadianGuy
TheCanadianGuy
9 years ago

Yea I Didn't Mean Everyone Will Remember This As PS3's 2011 Just A Good Chunk. Majority Of Us Will Forget About It. As For That 'internal clock' Thing Last Year All Do Respect That Lasted What ? Like 2 Days? All I Remember About That Is Not Being Able To Finish My First Playthough Of HEAVY RAIN. That wasn't Cool


Last edited by TheCanadianGuy on 5/12/2011 10:00:20 AM

TheCanadianGuy
TheCanadianGuy
9 years ago

Last edited by TheCanadianGuy on 5/12/2011 9:57:21 AM

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

I jusy hope all the Xbots, biased "journalists" and anyone blaming Sony read this.

Everyone blames Sony for not reacting quick enough and talks about Xbox Live being far more secure, but here are actual FACTS!!

Fact: Xbox Live is successfully hacked on a far more regular basis than PSN. Most of those hacks, however, involve CoD hacks and cheaters trying to cheat their way to the top of the ladder.

Fact: You pay for Xbox Live, so more resources are spent on security, but it is only a minor improvement on what PSN had in place, eg. firewalls, hashed credit card info, etc.

Fact: When Xbox Live receives a major hack attempting to steal customer info, MS simply patch the hole without informing a single soul and call it a day.

Fact: Sony have kept the PSN down for this long of their own accord to ensure that this won't happen again. Unfortunately, Live won't eveer do the same. They believe in cheap little patchworks and keeping gamers happily playing in ignorant bliss while their information is hacked (or attempted) to be retrieved again and again.

I actually applaud Sony for how well they have handled this situation, and like many people say, it's a free service, so in reality Sony don't owe us anything!!! The timeframe recently published shows that even Sony had no idea for the first 5 days what the hell was going on until the 3 IT security groups found traces of hacker activity. On the 6th day, Patrick Seybold published the first message on the blog and proceeded to email every PSN email account about what they recently discovered AND tips on what to do to secure your private information and how to handle scammers contacting you.

Again, Sony should be commended for their actions because they DID NOT act like every other company, keep customers in the dark, make up a lie to keep people blissfully ignorant just to maintain their pretty image.

I, for one, am interested in seeing if this ordeal is brought up at E3 this year. I think this new honest and open approach to dealing with PSN hacks is something Kazuo Harai should be rewarded for. The fact that they're giving everyone free premium service and free games for the 30 day period is unbelievably generous for something that wasn't technically their fault.

Again, I hope many people see Blu's commendation and praise for Sony's handling of the situation, cos he is dead on the money about this one.

As for the many people who assume Sony just paid him off for saying this, what proof do you have? There is more than enough evidence showing Sony bending over backwards to inform congress of everything happening, along with the Government working with Sony to help them catch these bastards responsible. There is NOTHING to suggest Sony paid Blumenthal off. Feel free to ask for his bank statements and off-shore account statements if you REALLY wanna take a stab at Sony's reputation, otherwise, shutup and be patient.

I feel like once this is over, Sony will come out battered and bruised, but stronger than ever!! If anything, Sony are excellent at learning from their mistakes, it's what maintains their company and loyal fans.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Nice post.

Dancemachine55
Dancemachine55
9 years ago

Thanks Highlander. A praising comment from you is like Michael Jordan saying to a B-Grade basketballer "Nice play"

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
9 years ago

Credit where credit is due.

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

Your second fact looks like supposition to me (beyond the fact that people pay for XBL).

Otherwise, I agree.


Last edited by Fane1024 on 5/12/2011 3:22:53 AM

Qubex
Qubex
9 years ago

As stated above, some damage has been done… but Sony can recover somewhat from this. In actual dollar terms they have lost quite a bit, and I am sure some of their developers are non too happy with what has occurred. One hopes this whole episodes blows over, and things get back to normal; but it cannot be denied that some fallout has occurred.

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Facts? With all due respect Dancemachine, but this looks to me just as much speculation as anything else, only this time in Sonys favor.

How do you *know* how much are spent on security on xbox vs Sony? And how can you say that a paid service has more spent on security? Is this fact or speculation?
Amazon, Anarchy Online (mmorpg), Ebay, Sourceforge for that matter, they are all free services. Are they less secure because of that? Is that a FACT – or speculation?

If all Microsoft have to do after an attack is to fix/patch that single hole, do that make their software less worthy in any way? It's after all *the* most common thing to do after an attack. It is *not* common to shut down a service for a *month* afterwards. Not even if you are the FBI or the White House.
Do you make this as if it is a FACT that everyone else are sloppy, but Sony?

And how many times are xbox hacked? What did they manage to steal during those hacks? What was the severity? And what is the source of this info? Cause there is a mile difference in simply being able to post a message on some page, and downloading their entire customer db.

And finally: PSN is *not* free. We all pay for it through everything else ps3 we buy.
Although, if it *was* indeed truly free (as in anyone could connect via anything) they still has a responsibility as trusted keepers of our data.


Last edited by Beamboom on 5/12/2011 4:34:33 AM