The first shots in the war that eventually led to the hack of Sony’s online services were fired in January, when a team of hackers unlocked the PlayStation 3.
In the five months since, one of the key hackers was sued, then settled with Sony – reluctantly, as it turned out. George “Geohot” Hotz found a sympathetic group of hackers who had already launched Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against numerous organizations, most involved in the protection of intellectual property, such as the MPAA.
The “Anonymous” collective mounted a protest against Sony. But did it actually break into the PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment, putting personal information and credit-card information at risk for millions of customers?
After that, things got messy very quickly. The first report of trouble with the PlayStation Network set off alarm bells worldwide, but consumers didn’t seem too concerned, at least initially. Even Facebook goes down occasionally, right?
But as things dragged on, the PlayStation hack story raised several questions, basically devolving into parallel tracks. The issues were/are:
1.) When would the PSN be back?
2.) Who was responsible for the hack?
3.) Was credit-card information stolen?
4.) What would Sony do to compensate its users, and keep them from leaving to another console?
To date, Sony still hasn’t restored its network. Consumers are worried about losing credit-card information, and, as a result, Sony’s top brass, including chief executive Howard Stringer have apologized.
PCMag.com will continue to keep on top of the story. But in the pages following, we’ll track the evolution of the story, finishing it off with what we think will be the outcome of it all. Click on the slideshow to see what we mean.
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