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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 SunTzu on 5/18/2011 7:44:53 PM , Rating: 2
Ive seen the pictures (im currently interning at one of the few companies that design and build nuclear powerplants on a major scale) and i can tell you that the damage was *extensive*. Im not talking about the images you see on TV, im talking about the ones taken by the engineers trying to prevent this from happening again. It wasnt a case of some water leaking in and causing a short, the damage was far bigger then that.

There were secondary systems in place. Primarily, the plant can generate power on its own. Secondarily, you have batteries that the cooling can run on. Third, you've got backup generators, and backup-backup generators, and fourth, you can manually pump in water.

The problem was that noone expected an earthquake of this magnitude, and a tsunami that big. It was a massive error, but one the japanese government made, and not the designers. You build to spec, and the entity ordering decides the spec.

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