PlayStation Network Reactivation Delayed: Rumors Of A Third Hack Proven True?

Posted: May 7 2011, 3:36pm CDT | by , in Rumors | Gaming

PlayStation Network Reactivation Delayed: Rumors of a Third Hack Proven True?

How long can Sony delay before customers start to leave?

Earlier this week chatter in an IRC network lead to speculation of a third attack on Sony's network. For its part, the company steadfastly promised that at least some services would resume by the end of this week. But now it looks like Sony has given up on that goal. The PSN reactivation has been delayed.

Sony's explanation? They were "unaware" of the "extent" of the attacks on their system. This extra time will be used to further test the new network in order to assure its security. That's the official word- but it sounds to me like Sony may feel those fears of a third hack are grounded.

Chatter on hacking forums (a great deal of which appears to be just bluster from uninvolved parties) points to the responsible hackers having much more access than Sony has yet realized. And the company has admitted that their forensics team continues to find evidence that widens the scope of the original attacks. If the system is still at risk- or even if Sony only thinks it is, they have to keep PSN offline.

At this point, I don't think the PlayStation brand can afford the public shaming another major breach would bring them. Keeping services offline for a little while longer is a wiser move than risking any added fallout.

Security analysts and hackers like Geohot have all blamed PSN's vulnerability on the fact that Sony's security system was brittle and laughably outdated. This continued outage may be evidence that the PSN needs a complete overhaul of its security before it can be considered trustworthy again. If that's the case, I'd be interested to learn just how outdated it was at the time of the hack. I have a feeling a lot of lawyers would agree.

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