Sony closes PC games site over security 'concern'
Station.com suddenly unreachable
Sony shut down its website for online PC games on Monday, almost two weeks after it closed the PlayStation Network following a criminal intrusion that stole personally identifiable information from 77 million account holders.
The move by Sony Online Entertainment affects online playing of games such as Everquest, Dungeon Overlord, and Free Realms, and comes a day after Sony's CEO said the company expects to return some PSN offerings later this week. The sudden and drastic step so late in the company's cleanup efforts is the latest sign that the penetration went deep into the company's systems.
“We have had to take the SOE service down temporarily,” a message on the homepage of Station.com read at time of writing. “In the course of our investigation into the intrusion into our systems we have discovered an issue that warrants enough concern for us to take the service down effective immediately. We will provide an update later today (Monday).”
The temporary closure follows statements Sony reportedly made last week when the company warned the SOE servers were affected by the security breach but that no customer information was exposed. The SOE and PSN are believed to run on separate systems, although both are located in San Diego, California. ®
Who's crime is it, anyway?
"...following a criminal intrusion" - who has committed the crime here? The charlatans storing customer details in cleartext, or the crims who swiped them? Perhaps both?
..if Sony have checked for any rootkits on their systems?
Sony must really be wondering...
Sony must really be wondering if it was worth it.
I'm sure any other megacorp is having second thoughts about on the iron fist.
The general plan is to keep people wanting to give you money.
Sony failed, and now meta-failed by making big enemies - who, by not being commercial enemies, weren't "on their radar" in a business sense but should have been.
Why would anyone trust a company...
...that puts rootkits on customers' machines?
You liars, Sony...
Sony have changed their statement yet again...!
>But I want to be very clear that the passwords were not stored in our database in cleartext form
Even though they openly said that they weren't encrypted a week ago.
Maybe they should move out of the entertainment industry and become politicians. I'm sure they'd be good at it.