Sony’s Hole Gets Deeper
Sony’s problems look like they’re going to get worse before they get better. On the 2nd May the company closed the Station games portal, deciding that this measure was necessary because of “….an issue that warrants enough concern for us to take the service down effective immediately.” Then, on the 3rd May Sony disclosed that an additional 25 million users had had their details possibly stolen.
These details were taken from the Sony Online Entertainment system and include names, dates of births, addresses but almost certainly not credit card details, which is at least a little piece of good news. Encrypted passwords may have been stolen however, and if the thieves have the wherewithal to decrypt them, it may be possible to match them up to names. Many people of course use the same passwords for all online logins.
In total this brings the total of hacked accounts to more than 100 million, which surely qualifies it as one of the biggest data breaches ever. Sony now believes that hackers had lengthy access to the deepest levels of the databases and a rethink of security structures must now be a top priority, as well as preparations for substantial compensation.
Julian Assange Launches facebook Tirade
Wikileaks founder and victim of U.S. government harassment Julian Assange has once again stated his aversion to social media sites and Facebook in particular, saying that the U.S. intelligence community has “built-in interfaces” to be able to access users data and which gives it access to cast amounts of information including relationships, employment and travel details.
This is not the first time this type of accusation has been levelled at websites, which this time includes Google and Yahoo and since its inception Facebook has been thought by many conspiracy theorists to be either (a) invented by U.S. spooks or (b) used by U.S. spooks as an information gathering tool.
I wonder if Julian wants to “friend” me? Probably not.