Sony has finally confirmed that all 77 million PSN accounts have been leaked to hackers, previously having maintained this was a “possibility,” and has revealed it found a calling card from “Anonymous” on a hacked server.
Previously Sony’s language used lots of weaselly wording, generally admitting only the possibility that leaks occurred or that only some of the accounts had been leaked.
Now it seems Sony is ready to own up to the fact that it has lost all the data entrusted with it – it has finally conceded that all of the data was definitely stolen, something which probably comes as news to nobody.
Just who is responsible for the hacks and what their motives were is not yet clear, but supposedly Sony has found a file titled “anonymous” with the text “we are legion” on a server compromised in the second hack, suggesting that someone wished to implicate a loose-knit rabble of cyber-hooligans in the hack.
Sony also blames a recent DoS attack on “Anonymous,” a rather interesting admission considering SCE CEO Kazuo Hirai’s statement in a recent interview that he was sceptical of “Anonymous” involvement.
Sony claims stolen credit card numbers have not been used:
As of today, the major credit card companies have not reported any fraudulent transactions that they believe are the direct result of this cyber attack.
Some might wonder as to what is meant by a “direct result” in this usage.
Sony has also further detailed the free stuff it is offering to its American victims:
[Our intent is to] to offer complimentary identity theft protection to U.S. account holders and [we] detailed the “Welcome Back” program that includes free downloads, 30 days of free membership in the
PlayStation Plus premium subscription service; 30 days of free service for Music Unlimited subscribers; and extending PlayStation Plus and Music Unlimited subscriptions for the number of days services were unavailable
Sceptics have noted that all of these compensatory offerings require victims to provide or continue providing their details to Sony.
A firm schedule for full restoration of services has still yet to be provided.