Sony hires private dicks


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Sam Spade to investigate

Sony has gone all film noire and hired a bunch of private dicks to sort out its security woes.

Apparently the offices of Guidance Software and Data Forte, were approached by a broad who said they worked for one of the largest hardware companies in the world.

People had trusted the dame, known as Sony, with all their personal data and she had done them wrong. A mysterious hacker had broken into two of Sony networks and taken the lot.

Of course the dame herself might have been responsible. It could have been an inside job. Sam Spade once told me, never trust a broad who wears too much DRM.

Still, in the world of network security, a job is a job and Sony appears to be bringing George Washington to the table.

Of course the Feds were also investigating. The moment the Untouchables get involved, Private Dicks usually get told to lay off the case. But it seems Sony is not taking any more chances.

Their bosses had to bow before the press. Japanese do not bow to the media without having to rip out their own intestines with a sharp piece of cutlery.

At the moment Sony have not told the press what they are using the Private Dicks for. It might be to hunt down the hackers and throwing the book at them. But it might be to make sure that the attack does not happen again.

But usually it comes down to the Broad. Never trust the Broad

Read more: Sony hires private dicks - Sam Spade to investigate | TechEye


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On a serious note.......Sony calls in data Sherlocks to unpick megahack disaster

Sony has drafted in security experts to figure out who hacked into its systems - and how they did it - before stealing personal data on 100 million consumers of the company's services.

Both the firm's PlayStation Network and Online Entertainment service remain suspended in the aftermath of high-profile hack attacks that have turned Sony into a poster child for data insecurity. Sony has added extra security controls before beginning the phased restoration of both services, which it expects to complete by the end of the month.

In the meantime, it has hired computer forensics experts from Guidance Software and Data Forté (among others) to figure out what went wrong, the BBC reports. The FBI and Oracle are also looking into the breach, which affected 77 million PlayStation Network gamers and 25 million users of its Online Entertainment services. Sony admits that unidentified intruders may have made off with credit cards details of PlayStation Network gamers but is seeking to reassure its customers that the card data was encrypted.

The breach also exposed names, email addresses, dates of birth and phone numbers – all stored in plain text – as well as hashed copies of login credentials. Users have been notified about the security lapse. The chances of credit card fraud against registered accounts diminishes by the day but concerns remain that the depth of information available might facilitate future ID theft fraud, which typically involves establishing lines of credit under assumed names

Source: Sony calls in data Sherlocks to unpick megahack disaster ? The Register

Sony has gone all film noire and hired a bunch of private dicks to sort out its security woes.
Smart move, a little late though. The very fact they are calling private investigators brings up this banal question, are their own Sony experts good for anything at all? Not in this case?


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Nice Man. :)

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