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"You cannot be serious!!"

Users are greeted with this message when trying to login to PSN through Sony's website
Sony strikes again!

It's getting rather difficult to be surprised by Sony's lack of security credentials when it comes to its PlayStation Network (PSN) service. That's why today's latest revelation can't be too much of a shocker to those that have been following this ongoing saga.

According to Joystiq, Sony has once again taken web access to PSN offline after users found a gaping loophole in the password recovery functionality on the site. "A new hack is currently doing the rounds in dark corners of the internet that allows the attacker the ability to change your password using only your account’s email and date of birth," reports Nyleveia.

Considering that information like birth dates and email addresses were obtained when PSN was initially hacked, it looks as though anyone with access to the "master list" would have the ability to change your account password.

Nyleveia goes on to warn:

I would suggest that you secure your accounts now by creating a completely new email that you will not use ANYWHERE ELSE, and switching your PSN account to use this new email. You risk having your account stolen, when this hack becomes more public, if you do not make sure that your PSN account’s email is one that cannot be affiliated with or otherwise traced to you.

Sony is currently aware of the situation and is taking steps to resolve the issue as soon as possible. For more information on the exploit, check out Nyleveia's FAQ.

Perhaps the Japanese government was wise to take a wait and see approach with regards to allowing PSN service to restart in Japan…



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RE: The Japanese Government...
By semiconshawn on 5/18/2011 4:31:50 PM , Rating: -1
True. But bad design changes nothing. This plant was compromised by water from a tsunami. My previous assertion that the plant sustained heavy damage from flooding might have been over the top but the simple fact remains a significant amount of water got into that complex and took out a critical system. Saying the plant survived the natural disasters just fine but...thats a pretty big but.


RE: The Japanese Government...
By geddarkstorm on 5/18/2011 4:39:39 PM , Rating: 3
Bad design changes everything. A modern plant in that exact location would have had no trouble with the quake or tsunami.

And no, the plant itself did just fine weathering the dual disasters other than the stupid PLACEMENT of its backup generators (and having no protection for such generators). They were put in a bad location, that's it. That's the issue. Not where the plant itself was built (of course, this is ignoring the fact all they had were those generators for backup, which is bad enough as it is).


RE: The Japanese Government...
By semiconshawn on 5/18/11, Rating: 0
RE: The Japanese Government...
By geddarkstorm on 5/18/2011 5:19:26 PM , Rating: 2
And if they had moved the generators up one floor there would have been no issue.

There's a difference between having a full set of armor with an -unavoidable- weak point (have to be able to move your neck, and breathe), verses completely leaving oneself open to disaster by making a very easy to fix, stupid decision, that is not required or necessary in any way. They weren't making a tradeoff, they were being shortsighted. That is a world of difference from your example, and puts the responsibility of the disaster squarely and solely on them.

The exact same can be said for Sony and the PSN. They avoided setting up critical security that they had no reason forcing them not to establish, and have been burned for it. Sony is wholly at fault for its own irresponsibility.


By snakeInTheGrass on 5/18/2011 9:37:16 PM , Rating: 2
This was basically an Achilles heel, if you want to go with a battle analogy. Somebody was probably aware of it, but that fact is that you could have had a plant that withstood both the quake and tsunami, so allowing something to be built there in the first place wasn't the stupid thing, it was whoever didn't make sure they had a generator that could withstand flooding. And apparently until pretty recently they weren't aware that there had ever been a tsunami that large in the past either.

So in a big picture, sure it was the quake/tsunami that did it, but it wasn't the plant, wasn't the control rods, etc., it was a generator out in the open which would have been easily remedied.


RE: The Japanese Government...
By tayb on 5/18/2011 7:43:18 PM , Rating: 2
The plant survived fine. The backup generators were horribly designed and should have been sheltered just as well as the reactors were. If the generators were better protected there would have been no damage to the reactors at all. As it stands a natural disaster did cause the damage however that does not mean the unprotected generators should go unnoticed.

If a car thief breaks my window, hot wires my car, and steals it that is theft. If my windows are down and my key is in the ignition it is still theft but I most definitely shoulder some of the blame.



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