PlayStation’s official Twitter (and Facebook) was recently hijacked by a hacking group, though despite the expectations of most, it was performed by one possessing “ethical standards” – with the situation seemingly being nowhere near in scope to the catastrophic hacking back in 2011 that saw to the loss of over 25 million accounts.
The official website for the hacking group claims that their purpose is to showcase the vulnerabilities of networks while helpfully providing their victims with tips on how to improve their security; the group additionally states that it has no bad intentions (not that that would make victims trust them), if such a reassurance is worth much.
The hacking group posted several messages on PlayStation’s Twitter that have since been deleted:
PlayStation Network Databases leaked #OurMine
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No, we aren’t going to share it, we are a security group, if you works at Playstation then please go to our website ourmine.org – > Contact
Naturally many are skeptical (as well as unimpressed) about their claim of having access to the PSN databases as it seems unlikely that such access could be acquired from a mere social media account (although getting social media access via a database might be slightly more plausible):
“that why ps on youtube have been posting video on how to secure your ID all day hahahah”
“For fuck’s sake. Get your shit together Sony”
“If dudes like this were truly “ethical”, they’d become actual cyber threat assessors instead of hiding behind TOR or whatever the hell they do to stay secret.”
“All these hackers do is just piss of the gaming population”
“Bunch of pathetic morons had nothing better to do today, I guess”
“So…what this all amounts to is “Sony’s security sucks”. In other news, water is wet.”
“Less morally wrong than the eBay scalpers selling Xbox One Xs for 2x+ msrp already IMO.”
“Oh no, a Twitter account got hacked. Big whoop. If they hacked the database, they wouldn’t be telling us they hacked the database.”
“I can’t believe people are flipping out over this, hacking a twitter account is significantly easier than hacking xboxlive or psn, there is no need to start talking sh*t about sony for the hack that happened half a decade ago.”
The group is already notorious for hacking several individuals, including Pokemon Go creator John Hanke, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, though their tendency to merely hijack social media accounts (a matter of gullible staff and pathetic password security in many cases) may leave many nonplussed.