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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 7:47:11 PM , Rating: 2
If you had any kind of knowledge of the situation in Fukushima-Daiichi, you would know that this wasnt the only safety measure. Why do you think it took so long for the fuel rods to melt?

If you actually believe there is a system built today that doesnt require active cooling, you need to learn how to read.


RE: The Japanese Government...
By geddarkstorm on 5/19/2011 12:19:13 PM , Rating: 2
You're absolutely right. And there was a person working in the plant during the disaster I was getting updates from; they indeed had emergency systems that were still running they were doing everything they could with to prevent disaster from growing. And they did a good job given the circumstances.

But nothing excuses having floodable backup generators for the active, cooling system. And yes, the pumps can be used manually, but how do you manually use pumps in a radiation flooded area? Not that easy! Nor can manual ever work as well as full electrical power.

And no, active cooling is needed when you're running the plant to generate power, but what about a deadman switch for simply shutting down the reactors to prevent meltdown? Looking at the reactor design, where the water could simply drain from gravity if the pumps shut off... Seriously, we're not talking about keeping an actively running reactor cool enough while still generating power, we're talking about killing the reactor to prevent shut down, and that should require active systems to prevent, not cause. I'm sure it costs a lot, and requires a completely different plant than this type, but better that than a meltdown.

And this really does all tie into PSN in the sense of skirting safety measures for the sake of cost and maintenance. I don't blame the engineers, as they only have the materials and money they are provided to work with. Though, I the actual design was still poor.


RE: The Japanese Government...
By geddarkstorm on 5/19/2011 12:25:15 PM , Rating: 2
"...about killing the reactor to prevent meltdown" There we go.

In any case, armchair arguments change nothing, what's important is people like you who are studying this learn from it and correct what flaws can be. Nothing can be completely safe from natural disasters, but they can still be vastly improved over this.


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