Sony’s Playstation Network has been down for six days due to a high level security breach. By high level I mean hackers may very well have accessed names, locations, emails, date of birth and possibly even credit card information from the 77 million PSN subscribers. The staggering number of accounts can be attributed to the fact they’re free compared to Xbox Live. Needless to say, we’ve got a problem. This could be one of the largest data ransacks we’ve ever seen.
Sony has been accused of being too lax with it’s security measures and rushing to release the network software without proper testing. Sony did however handle the situation properly by not hesitating to release the severity of the breach allowing subscribers to preapre. I feel it is important to remember that Sony is not the only company with data security snafus, nor will it be the last. Federal regulation of personal information given to companies is practically non-existent. With any luck, companies holding personal information, Sony included, will learn from this incident.
I understand that XBL gamers may feel the need to gloat but personally, I don’t wish identity theft on anyone. Besides, some of my favorite gamin’ pals are on PSN.