Wednesday, 3 August 2011
Sony Nominated For Most Epic Fail Award
I've got to admit that i have never heard of this before, and i doubt any of you had, but there's this security conference called 'The BlackHat USA' and it starts off later today in Las Vegas. Though 'security' sounds rather like something related to anti-terrorism or the national security, it will be attracting some of the world's top hackers and online security experts, aiming to celebrate and publicly ridicule "the achievements and failures of security researchers and the security community." And amid the conference, an award night called the "Pwnies" is held in conjunction.
In Pwnies own words:
After Fail0verflow and GeoHot published how to jailbreak the PS3, Sony got a bit miffed. Apparently unfamiliar with how the Internet works and how difficult it is to remove the piss from a swimming pool, Sony proceeded to try erase the information from the Internet and sue GeoHot et al. into oblivion. Needless to say, this was about as successful as the MiniDisc.
Speaking of piss in a swimming pool, that just happened to be how well Sony protected their Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) users' account info and roughly 25 to 77 million account details were stolen by unknown hackers. That metaphor makes just about no sense at all, but you get the point: FAIL.
Sony is definitely good at one thing: keeping the hits coming and their fans entertained. Oh wait, did we say Sony? We meant LulzSec. I guess that counts as another FAIL for Sony.
After learning the hard way that their PlayStation Network was about as porous as air, Sony had to shut it down for over two months to rebuild it from scratch. In doing so, they made everyone from your 8-year old cousin to your barber learn about the importance of security. Hooray for us, sorry Sony shareholders.
Noticing a pattern here? But wait, it gets better. Sony might have been able to better repel the multitude of attacks if they hadn't just recently laid off a significant number of their network security team. Great timing, guys.
Honestly, I don't know whether I should shed pity on them; but it's kinda retarded, and hilarious.