Sony CEO Howard Stringer: Month-long Hackathon Merely A 'Hiccup'

from the sony-shouldn't-be-left-in-charge-of-your-metaphors-much-less-your-personal-i dept

As we've all seen over the last thirty days or so, Sony has handled their month-long data breach/pwnage with all the grace and humility that one expects from an out-of-touch megacorporation. Between dismissing the breach as "harmless" and fingering the ever-popular "Anonymous" for all the trouble, Sony has managed to stay at least one step behind their attackers the whole way. To add insult to injurious class action lawsuit, it emerged from the 30-day hackout bruised, bleeding and completely unable to go back online in its own country.

CEO Howard Stringer apparently has come to the conclusion that there's still plenty of room for more foot in Sony's mouth, dismissing the longest outage by any console maker as merely a "hiccup in the road to a network future."

Now, I don't want to presume to speak for everybody, but generally when I have the hiccups (inside or outside of the road), it tends to leave the nearest 77 million people unaffected. Sure, I may get some random advice (drink a glass of water/hold your breath/salt your passwords), but otherwise life goes on and I'm the only one bothered by it. Plus, these hiccup attacks never run more than 10-12 days at the most and only rarely do I lay the blame at the feet of unrelated hacking entities.

Thank you, Howard, for clearing that up. I'll be sure to dismiss any unknown charges to my credit cards as mere "hiccups in the road to financial instability" and when my linked email account becomes a spam-spewing zombie, I'll just hold my breath until it all goes away.

Filed Under: hack, hiccup, howard stringer, psn
Companies: sony

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    New Mexico Mark, 18 May 2011 @ 12:47pm


    Imagine everyone's relief, given the general Sony security cluelessness and prevarication.

    Stored BASE64 -- Check
    Credit card numbers were encrypted -- Check


    1. Believe NONE of Sony's claims unless verified by an independent (preferably hostile) third party.
    2. Encryption is tricky to get right and incredibly easy to do wrong, even by security professionals.
    3. If you know what the encrypted data are supposed to contain (general format and/or specific text), any encryption method could probably be attacked with much less effort and much greater likelihood of success.
    4. "But it was encrypted" sounds nice. Replace that with "They stole our safe with everything in it, but don't worry, we think it is a really strong safe with a good lock" and see how that sounds. Especially if it is *your* money and reputation locked in there.
    5. The "but it was encrypted" defense is probably just another damage control dodge to avoid specifically notifying millions of customers until the encryption is proven to be weak or worthless.


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