Ok, this is no longer funny. What’s going on here? Can’t they just fix this security issue and be done with it?
Well, after a full month, it seems that this is still not so simple. Sony stated today that they are forced to take down parts of the the PSN network again due to yet another ‘security hole’ (see here).
Few days ago the media was full with hints and semi-direct comments that the original PSN hack was done using Amazon rented servers. The original comment came from Bloomberg.com quoting an unknown source “in the know” (see here). The report implies that in some way Amazon is to blame or that they do not do enough to keep the bad guys out or maybe even that the cloud as a movement is no good.
Well, it seems like a classic move of “let’s find someone else to blame and hide our real failures”. The more likely reality is that over many years, Sony was not doing a good enough job to secure their network. Attackers may have discovered a collection of security holes on different layers of the network. And as it seems, Sony has to discover and close these issues one by one.
Not funny at all with unknown size of financial damages for Sony and for many of their ecosystem partners, such as game development studios, game retailers and many more. Estimates of the total impact assume this is an over Billion US dollar (See here) but the total impact on lawsuit that will come next and on brand reputation and the customer dissatisfaction (See one customer opinion here) may make it much more painful for Sony than just this direct damage. Meanwhile, direct competitors mainly Nintendo and Microsoft and indirect competitors such as Apple are not waiting and will be bound to take advantage of the situation in a big way. This is truly no longer funny…