Sony begins PlayStation relaunch

Sony has announced that it will begin restoring its online PlayStation video game network on Sunday. The move comes more than three weeks after Sony discovered a huge security breach that led to the theft of personal data from millions of users.

It came as a shock to me that a computer games network can be hacked and card details obtained by fraudsters; I can imagine very few parents think of the dangers of this sort of activity as computer gaming isn’t considered high-threat for hijackers and perceived as a somewhat safe technological platform.

In fact, I am surprised they didn’t think of this sooner. Millions of people have registered their card details through the Playstation network, which reaches a wide circulation of online users. However, why wasn’t this network encrypted and if it was, how secure was the firewall or security barrier? How on earth did they even hack one of the most secure online systems?

It puts it into perspective how dangerous the internet can be, and many young people are uneducated as to the dangers. That’s why whenever I use my card online, I don’t store or save my details, and if I have a card registered I ensure any excessive amounts are transferred to a separate bank account.

I think Sony needs to own up, pursue any compensation, work with the banks and most importantly reconsider their security systems and how they were breached.


About Cuts, News and Views

The site’s author is a student at the Birmingham School of Media and a journalist for both Birmingham Budget Cuts and Sony Music Entertainment. He is a PR consultant as well as having worked for the BBC. The author also contributes on a freelance basis to The Times and The Guardian. Dean Hill is a member of The Chartered Institute of Public Relations.

Posted on May 15, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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