Apr 26, 2011

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Are You Mad at the Hackers or Sony?

Are You Mad at the Hackers or Sony?

At the start of the PSN outage it seemed like more gamers were upset at the “hacktivist” group Anonymous because they thought they were behind the attacks. Sony eventually released a statement saying the network was compromised by an external intruder. Anonymous released their own statement claiming that while it is possible that a hacker went against their planned attack and hacked the PSN on their own, Anonymous (as a group) has nothing to do with the outage.

Now we find out that the hacker(s) were able to obtain our account information including credit card information. So at this point who is pissing you off the most: the hackers for getting into the system, which caused the outage, or Sony? Personally, I’m torn because I’m upset at the hackers for stealing our information, but I’m upset that Sony didn’t secure their network after the first attack.

I’m OK with people modding their system so they can do what they want with it; after all, if you paid $300 (or more) for your console, shouldn’t you be able to do what you want with it? But as soon as this hacking starts to affect other people via cheating in online play or pirating games, that’s crossing the line. Whether the initial PS3 hack was meant for pirating games or to modify online gameplay isn’t really the point. The point is the hack allowed gamers to do that. So when Sony put a stop to it, which they had every right to, and prosecuted Hotz for creating the hack, many hackers were outraged. But more gamers were outraged at the hackers for pirating games and ruining their online experience.

Now you have the PSN being shut down for six days due to a hacker. When the initial outage took place it seemed that most gamers were upset with the hackers for not allowing them to go online to play their games. Then we found out Sony had to manually shut down the PSN in order to fix the issue. As the issue persisted, more and more gamers started to get more upset at Sony for not telling us what was going on, especially over the weekend. Finally, today we found out that our account info might have been stolen by the hackers. Again, gamers seem to be more upset that Sony didn’t warn us earlier, rather than being upset at hackers for stealing our information.

As I said, I’m not sure who I’m more pissed at. I’m upset that hackers think they are speaking up for us gamers when really all they want is the ability to pirate games, and that they are the reason the PSN has been down, not allowing me to play online. I’m upset that Sony didn’t take the proper precautions after the first attack knowing full well it could happen again, and that they didn’t warn us about the stolen account information until today.

What do you think? Who are you more pissed at? Who do you think is to blame for this? Let your voice be heard in the comments.