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Dennis Durkin  (Source:
Microsoft says it isn't taking advantage of Sony's poor position, but is doing everything it can to up its security

Internet security has become one of the largest web-related concerns now that 2011 has been riddled with major corporate and government hacks. Since January 4, hacker groups like LulzSec (Lulz Security), Anonymous and Goatse Security have attacked Gmail accounts, Bank of America, Lockheed Martin Corp., and government sectors in the United States, Tunisia, the United Kingdom and Spain. 

The gaming community was not safe, either. On April 20, Sony's largest international databases -- the PlayStation Network (PSN) and the Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) databases -- went offline due to a massive security breach that compromised the personal information of millions of users. Sony announced the breach on April 26, and admitted that millions of customers' credit card numbers were stolen and put up for sale on the internet as well. This led to several PS3 returns around the world in exchange for Xbox 360's. 

Even though Sony has fully restored PSN worldwide, the entire experience has made some gamers uneasy about sharing their personal information again. According to Dennis Durkin, COO and CFO of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB), what happened to Sony's PSN was tragic, and even though the situation spurred PS3 returns for Xbox 360's, Microsoft did not look at the experience as a way of obtaining personal gain.

"It's bad for the industry that this has happened to Sony," said Durkin in an interview with IndustryGamers. "It's very damaging. So we don't wish that upon anybody and you've seen we've been actually pretty quiet on the subject because we don't want to appear to even be looking to be taking advantage of somebody else's situation like that. That's just not in our DNA."

While Microsoft sympathizes with Sony's position, it also wants to let Xbox Live users and Microsoft users in general know that the company is doing all it can to protect user's security

"Over time, all of the bets Microsoft is making are about cloud bets," said Durkin. "We want customers to feel confident about the quality of service they're getting, the reliability they're getting, the security of the data that they have and the security of the private information that they have. As a company, you can look back eight, nine years ago, when Bill Gates wrote his Trustworthy Computing Memo that basically said, 'We need to change the way we architect our products and it has to be designed into the way we architect our products and services.' So it's in our DNA, across the company. This is not just an IEB thing."

Durkin also warned that customers need to learn from the PSN experience and take preventative measures to insure their security as well, such as monitoring passwords and making sure they're different across all websites.

The bottom line for Microsoft, of course, is that it's working to keep its online services like Xbox Live safe for users, and that Sony's recent mishaps shouldn't prevent the gaming community from doing what they love: game.

"[Xbox Live] is obviously very important to our consumers," said Durkin. "It's part of the value proposition of why consumers buy our gaming consoles.”

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By p05esto on 6/23/2011 12:28:54 PM , Rating: 5
Microsoft has always been a class act in my opinion. If I trust any computing company on earth with my data I would trust Microsoft first. MS and the corporate world are hand in hand, they don't mess around with the "Apple Computers" of the world. I would bet my house that microsoft already has an enterprise-class system running the Xbox network, no question about it. Unlike Sony their data is encrypted and they are not running poor-man server software. No, instead they have Windows 2008R2 which is hands down the most stable and secure server OS in the world.

By Taft12 on 6/23/2011 2:41:42 PM , Rating: 1
I can't believe this fanboy fawning is rated +5!!! Someone's attempt to be ironic I hope?

MS has NOT always been a class act. They're a convicted monopolist.

Calling Windows 2008R2 the most stable and secure server OS shows you haven't had much exposure to or knowledge of truly critical systems. Do you think your paycheque or stock trade was processed by a Windows server?

By themaster08 on 6/23/2011 3:17:25 PM , Rating: 5
Do you think your paycheque or stock trade was processed by a Windows server?
Perhaps not. So what? Many of the servers LulzSec hacked have been UNIX based.

By Smilin on 6/23/2011 3:57:38 PM , Rating: 3

MS has NOT always been a class act. They're a convicted monopolist.

Welcome to a new century: The monopoly case is OVER. The CEO responsible is gone and the monopoly itself doesn't even exist any longer. But ya know haters gonna hate aren't they?

Do you think your paycheque or stock trade was processed by a Windows server?

No I don't think that. I know. My paycheck is processed on Windows Servers and some stock exchanges (not NYSE) are running Windows.

I can see now why you don't understand the +5.

By mondo1234 on 6/23/2011 3:30:16 PM , Rating: 2
Has Apples online Itunes accounts been hacked?

By Smilin on 6/23/2011 4:02:25 PM , Rating: 2
Several times I believe, yes. Use one of those fancy search motors to see.

By croc on 6/23/2011 10:48:27 PM , Rating: 2
I REALLY hope that their DB servers aren't running on MS 2008R2...

By Smilin on 6/24/2011 9:33:52 AM , Rating: 2
Why not?

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