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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 HoosierEngineer5 on 5/18/2011 5:42:36 PM , Rating: 2
I heard the cooling system even had battery backups to last 8 hours (if I recall correctly). Likely, the original plan was to get the generators back up and working in that amount of time. Obviously, it didn't happen.


By PoikilothermicX on 5/24/2011 5:23:13 PM , Rating: 2
They did have back up and it worked for longer than expected. The problem is there is honestly no way to plan for 40-50ft waves of water nor can you plan for said wall of water to go 6 MILES in land... which also means that when the water receded 6 miles worth of crap were hammering the plant as they were washed out to sea.

Adding to the issues is the unique (totally f'd up) electrical grid of Japan. The North uses a 50hz system, the South is on a 60hz system. They're separate isolated systems. The destruction made travel very difficult and while any country would have "plug and play" compatibility with generators Japan doesn't have that ability because of the wonky set up they have.

It's amazing that a plant built in the 60s (designed in the 40s or 50s?) and set to be decommissioned shortly, survived a far more powerful quake then the design specified. Additionally the plant survived the largest tsunami in modern history. There is no way you plan or test for anything like that. I mean what if a volcano engulfed a power plant? What are you supposed to do about that?

The problem was the response. Hindsight is 20/20 but I do wonder if the US Military would have been better equipped to deal with the problems but I also believe that TEPCO is rather incompetent given all the info coming out now. They didn't help the situation but it's done now.


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