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Sony Passes The Buck, Blames Anonymous

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Sony Passes The Buck, Blames Anonymous
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In what’s playing out as a “it wasn’t us, it was them” level of whining, Sony is working as hard as it can to remove themselves as the responsible party in regards to the PlayStation Network outing. Their latest move includes blaming Anonymous, because it’s easy to blame a faceless group instead of taking inventory of their own practices in regards to securing the PSN.

In a report that appeared at the BBC, Sony executives blamed an Anonymous-led denial-of-service attack as the culprit which ultimately allowed the PSN to fail. Needless to say, Anonymous denied stealing any of the credit card numbers that Sony got around to reporting as missing. Apparently, some Sony developers discovered a line of code in a file that said “We are legion,” one the Anonymous catchphrases, which allows them to use the underground group as scapegoats.

Meanwhile, Sony hasn’t responded to the fact they knew their PSN software was obsolete and had security issues months before the GeoHot hubbub began. I guess that’s Anonymous’ fault too? Was Sony so distracted by the idea of D-O-S attack they couldn’t take the appropriate preventive measures at that time? Apparently not. A report in the Consumerist expands the topic:

According to [Dr. Gene Spafford of Purdue University], security experts monitoring open Internet forums learned months ago that Sony was using outdated versions of the Apache Web server software, which “was unpatched and had no firewall installed.” The issue was “reported in an open forum monitored by Sony employees” two to three months prior to the recent security breaches, said Spafford.

Who’s to blame for this oversight, Sony? Perhaps they should worry about making a more secure online service instead of passing out blame.

Speaking of, Anonymous did weigh in:

#Sony Confirms #Anonymous Has Not Been Implicated With #PSN Intrusion In Any Way http://bit.ly/m4krALless than a minute ago via bitly Favorite Retweet Reply

Be that as it may, Sony is still trying to use Anonymous as an excuse for their lack of effective network security.

Sony Passes The Buck, Blames Anonymous
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  • Uber-Baron

    I dont think you understood what sony said. They said that the ddos attacks enabled a likely third party to infiltrate their servers, not anonymous itself. In all likelyhood this is ptobably a half-truth, i imagine a few anons decided to take advantage of the situation and take it to the next level. Of course sony is still to blame for not handeling situation properly but i cant see how you think they can “pass the blame” for something they didnt do. Sony should be held accountable for some low-life’s decision to piss EVERYBODY off.

    • Uber-Baron

      Should *not*
      i fail

  • Olliesjollies92

    Yo are you dumb? perhaps, if you had the slightest amount of intelligence you would go to the PSN blog and get your sources. It specifically said, anonymous deliberately put a encrypted code in the network. So obviously they were behind it. They didn’t just blame them for no reason fegbreath.

    • anonsucksUprick

      could not have said it better myself!!

      • http://www.webpronews.com Chris

        Did they or did they not blame their attention to Anonymous’ DoS attack was one of the reasons they allowed the PSN to be hacked? I’ll remind you guys of what was said before you respond:

        “It added that the attack that stole the data had been launched separately while it was distracted by the denial-of-service attack, and that it was not sure whether the organisers of the two attacks were working together.”

        Now, if that’s not laying blame elsewhere, then I don’t know what to tell you.

  • Matt

    You know, reguardless if Anonymous had anything to do with the recent hack into the PSN they would and should be the first ones looked at for the attack considering their hack of the system a few weeks ago. And all that did was irritate most users anyway. Know one really cared what your cause was or why just that simply your hack played havic with the PSN. Saying Sony is using Anonymous as escapegoats is not accurate considering past issues with them. They have full right to spectulate that it is them. Granted your still accusing someone with out much evidance but thats no different than a childmolster living on your street and a child being molested and automaticly accusing them. Past habits can kinda lead people to do that.
    Simply put, the PSN was hacked and information taken this time which has caused the system to be shut down for now. It will be up as soon as they can get it up. IF and WHEN they catch the ones responsable they will have many government angencies wanting a piece of them.

  • anonsucksUprick

    They are not blaming anonymous, they said found a file that was titled anonymous and it read we are legion.All they were doing was disclosing infomation, which they were asked to do by the gov’t. That’s part of what they were asked to do. So where do you get the idea they are blaming them. Anonymous is involved somehow, rather at the lowest(sending a hitman hacker)level, or them doing it directley with an attack unlike anything they have done.(stealing personal and cc info)

  • A-Moose

    This is quite possibly the worst piece of “news” I have ever seen.
    “Passes The Buck” What do you WANT Sony to do? Claim that they themselves hacked their own network and distributed encrypted information?!
    By simply stating who they believe to be behind the attack does not mean they are “Passing the Buck”. Apparently that is new terminology to the fine staff here at “webPROnews”.

    Seriously guys; You should make sure your writers have at LEAST a 7th grade education.

    • http://cass-hacks.com Craig

      Sony IS passing the buck. Instead of admitting that anyone from a script-kiddy on up could have laid their network to waste because Sony didn’t take even the minimum of precautions in securing their services, they blame someone who exposed their short-sightedness.

      It is similar to leaving expensive articles in one’s unlocked car and then blaming thieves for them not being there when one gets back. Sure, the thieves shouldn’t have stolen what wasn’t theirs but at that point, the issue is moot. Call a cop or your insurance company, tell them you left the doors wide open and wait two seconds for the click as they hang up.

      Sony and only Sony is responsible for the security of their services and network. Does blaming someone, anyone, for compromising a system that shouldn’t have seen public exposure raise anyone’s confidence in Sony’s ability to maintain customers’ private data securely?

  • anonsucksUprick

    Chris, you really did not research your topic? Sounds to me like you’re a supporter. dude, do quit your day job.lol

  • anonsucksUprick

    THIS DOUCHE IS AN ANONYMOUS SUPPORTER!! BOO THIS MAN!!

  • anonsucksUprick

    LMFAO

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