The Sony PlayStation Network is still down for a second week, but now the company says at least one hacker source of PSN data in Malaysia has surfaced. It could be the work of multiple attackers.
The electronics company announced it has a partnership with three large private security firms to track down those responsible for the San Diego data breach and PSN hacking.
In doing so, new details emerged as to what person or persons stole data that forced the network down. This is a ray of sunshine to many subscribers, whose personal information remains potentially exposed.
Is the hiring of the security firm an olive branch backed by good faith, or just a company trying to heal its PR wounds?
Officials remain unsure if the Malaysian server fingered in the PSN attacks was the only one used. Not only that, no details are available if the server actually did the hacking.
Insiders said the focus of the investigation is shift towards European countries where an intricate network of hackers thrive. Hopefully, all eggs are not put into the one-focus basket, as others responsible will slip through the cracks.
The company continues to fight off a firestorm of media indictments on how it is handling the crisis in the wake of the "external intrusion" that led to Sony PlayStation Networking going down.
The first step involved is identifying the "multiple attackers" involved, should this turn out as fact.
Then, processes hopefully processes set up should keep bands of data thieves out.
This potentially poses a problem identifying multiple persons responsible for the PSN data breach. Should it be a ban of organized criminals, authorities face an uphill battle.
Sony insists the PlayStation Network went down as a precaution. It encrypted, aka "cryptographically hashed," the data.
Catching one attacker is certainly easier than searching for multiple data thieves. With this new layer of information, it is not known if the company is on track to bring the network online this week.
Hopefully, when online gaming returns, PS3 subscribers can experience a new and improved PSN. Has this matter eroded your trust.
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