Sorry I’ve been away for longer than I anticipated. Personal life took over, and I haven’t had much time for gaming or… well, much of anything personal, really. Work has been a bit of a monster the last few weeks.

That said, I’ve already changed to a new credit card via all of those “lovely” attacks on the Playstation Network, and now Sony Online Entertainment. I haven’t used SOE anything since 2003 (and still don’t plan to), so I’m not worried about that, but I did use the PSN for my PSP. Not a lot, but I’ve dealt with fraud before, and “Better safe than sorry”.

Of course now, it’s gone to the blame game with people (and government) demanding answers from Sony, while Sony tries to track down the source of who did it. There’s a number of oft-mentioned hacker groups, but in this situation, I wouldn’t touch credit on this thing with any size pole. I figure if they ever catch who did this, they are going away for a long, LONG time.

It’s hard to know what prompted this, and why the other gaming networks haven’t fallen prey as of yet. There’s been a lot of speculation as to if this was a “personal” attack, or a “challenge”. Let’s face it. From criticizing other companies to touting their own accomplishments, Sony’s PR has always been arrogant. They have issued what amounts to all but engraved invitations to people to come challenge them, in their very vocal waged war on hackers, and their “lack” of a perceived threat. You build a wall, boast to people that no one will ever be able to tear it down while insulting the army positioned outside your virtual gates, then can one really be surprised when relentless attacks find a weakness in the structure, then a way through?

Nothing in this age is impenetrable. Even the best securities for anything are vulnerable. Companies can not boast of their perceived awesomeness when they are the safeguards of their customer base’s personal and financial information. We entrust them to keep it safe, and after the SOE attack, it’s pretty clear that Sony has pissed off the wrong group of people and they are getting called out on their claims at our expense. Even when they put in the new measures after their last attack, they again claimed that no one’s getting through this time. Sony, just shut up, please. Be quiet, work behind the scenes continually on protecting your network, and do something to ensure the customer’s safety, instead of continuing to open up the PR speak again and again. Lock this stuff down and hide it, far, far away. Don’t antagonize the people who have it out for you.

I’ll be sticking to retail PSN cards now. It’s just better. Funny thing is, I use to grouse when I’d put in my card every time to make a purchase on my Wii. Suddenly, that doesn’t seem to be that bad of a method anymore….

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