Sony becomes cyber-attack victim as PlayStation network is hacked

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  • April 27, 2011
Felicity Crouch

Felicity Crouch

Marketing Manager

Sony is currently dealing with an attack to its PlayStation networkBeing the subject of a direct attack ourselves; we know the confusion and frustration felt by those at the Sony camp today, as the PlayStation network remains offline for a sixth consecutive day.

In a further blow, Sony has now admitted that the personal credit card information of some of the network’s 75million users worldwide may have been “compromised”.

It was clear the PlayStation network was in trouble last week, when Sony turned it off and then confirmed on Friday that it had been hacked, describing it as an “external intrusion”.

The network now lies in pieces as Sony desperately tries to rebuild its popular service, enjoyed by millions of PlayStation 3 and PSP users across the globe.

Not only has the network gone down at a particularly lucrative time as the country enjoys two bank holiday weekends; but the hackers may have access to the personal credit card information of its users, causing panic and alert amongst the gamers.

The attack is widely believed to have sparked from Sony’s decision last year to remove the ‘Other OS’ option from all PS3 consoles, meaning users could no longer choose to install and run the Linux operating system.

The move prompted a number of users to hack the PS3 so that they could still run Linux, but Sony hit back by suing a group of these hackers, generating an online ‘war’ which saw an anonymous hacking network pledge to target the technology giant.

Despite stating in a blog that the recent attack wasn’t down to them, the anonymous hacking network is revelling in Sony’s problem; and the severity of the attack reflects the reality of what a security invasion can do; no matter how big your company is.

As posted last week, we’ve recently been subject to a less invasive spout of attacks ourselves, with our online petition site, Twitition, experiencing a number of common DDoS attacks. However, these attacks aren’t user intrusive and don’t impose any privacy threats to our Twitition users.

It is estimated that cyber-attacks cost the country £27bn last year, with 1.6 million attacks coming from China each month alone.

You’d think that with the knowledge and technology we have today, attacks like this wouldn’t happen anymore; but herein lays the problem. This intelligence is becoming widespread and more easily accessible, so whilst new security measures are invented almost weekly; hackers are learning how to break them just as quickly.

So whilst our PS3 headsets lay unused (and our evenings seem longer!), we can advise you on some security measures of your own to try and minimise your risk of a cyber-attack. Whether it’s firewalls or content filtering you need, our experienced and skilled developers can take you through your options.

If you think you might have been a victim of DDoS attacks just like us, get in touch to find out how we deal with these setbacks and learn more about securing your site.

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