Are you a Playstation 3 owner? You are? How lovely and unexpected.
So, what did you do during the outage of the Playstation Network network?
What? do the same as most people and just played offline for three weeks, with a few days where you went out and visited friends in person?
Well done you.
A few days before Easter, I bought a Playstation 3. I tried to access its online gaming service, but an error occurred. Thing is, someone hacked Sony, meaning the Playstation Network service wasn’t running on all cylinders. A week or so later, they were attacked again, resulting in possibly millions of account details stolen.
Many a people were naturally worried about the outage, but many for the wrong reasons. Some were worried about their account details and whatnot. Others were less sympathetic to Sony’s problem. So much so, that they stated that they traded in their Playstation 3’s for one of its rivals, Microsoft’s Xbox 360, just to waste their time on its online gaming service Xbox Live.
Please say that I am not the only one who thinks this makes no sense whatsoever?
It’s like buying a new cup just because you’ve finished the sweet taste of lemon and ginger tea in a mug. No, I’m not comparing Xbox Live with a cup and the Playstation Network as a herbal tea in a mug. It was just my failed attempt to be descriptive. No wonder I did badly in my English exams.
But, the point stands. Somehow, in a weird way. Just because the Playstation Network was hacked and offline for nearly a month doesn’t mean Terry’s life will be spared if he trades in his Playstation Console for a Xbox 360. And why the name Terry? Why not. Your argument is now invalid, world. It’s not really, but just go with me here.
Luckily, for those who stuck out the outage, Sony has now begun the process of making the Playstation Network online again. How do I know? Well, I made a PSN account. Rather saddened that someone else nicked the username that I wanted. Anyway, this isn’t about me, I’ll carry on.
A few days before Sony began that process, another company had released the news that they have been hacked. Square Enix, creators of the Final Fantasy series, the Tomb Raider games and others, said that 25,000 customers’ email addresses may have been lost, with the addition of 350 workers’ resumes potentially copied from the servers.
What does this look like to you, Dear World? Is this a coincidence? Or is it the dawn of a new form of terrorism?
Yes, I used the word terrorism. And no, I’m not on about the same type of terrorism that Osama Bin Laden and al Qaeda organised and deployed with ruthless and terrible consequences.
Imagine, if you will, a world where everything is run or overlooked by computers. Hang on, you don’t need to imagine much since we’re living in that world.
Anyway, what if some terrorist group decide to begin precision denial of service attacks – otherwise known as DOS attacks, where millions of requests are sent to a website and cannot cope, that’s it in a nutshell (kind of) – at e-commerce and news websites, among others.
Imaging if BBC News were to go offline for a week, or Amazon for a month. That would not only do a funky amount of damage to the respective companies, but there would be an after shock of sort around other websites and companies. Not to mention online banking. I wonder how long it’ll take for the first major online bank robbery.
I know, I know, I’ve babbled a lot here, dear world. I just wanted to give my thoughts on hacking and the future of the bad stuff that possibly but maybe not happen on the internet sooner or later.
I thank ye, world.
Past Dear World articles from CrazyDistortion Sub-Editor include:
Drink & Drugs
Facebook’s NSPCC Campaign
X Factor And The Christmas Number One