This is relates to this.
Spain has arrested 3 guys who they believe were part of the PlayStation network outage. Hackers aren't supposed to be in prison, they should be in front of a computer playing with code and publishing papers and stuff. Participating in making the collective brain smarter... . Of course most humans seem to confound "hacker" with some other negative concept. Let's not forget this all started when 2 hackers got arrested for publishing knowledge about the consoles they purchased.
Anyway, utopian ideas aside, PlayStation seems to really be doing it wrong. Sony's comeback plan consists of trying to get the millions they "lost" back by sending whoever they can find and blame to prison etc etc. Worst part is many of these "kids" are probably Sony clients... .. .
This means, bad publicity, not to mention a kick in the nest. On the upside, people living in the northern hemisphere might have a good reason to spend summer outdoors.. .
So, Mr and/or Mrs Sony, if you read this, at the least, just let it go, at best, encourage hackers to tweak/modify the console and publish whatever they find. If it were like that I might even buy one (and you would have one more Blu-ray drive infiltrated into a home).
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Lately Sony's Playstation network has been totally compromised and has been down for I don't even know how long and seems wont be back up until next summer or something.
The reason for the outage has changed since it all started, first it was hacked by Anonymous, then it was down because of equipment failure or something.. Now it's been hacked by professional Internet robbers with the intent to re-sell the data, estimated at 100 000$ or more.
Since Sony has been a real bunch of assholes with some hardware hackers (Sony clients), like graf_chokolo and geohot, they have annoyed a few people and they have to expect a reaction. If we live in a world where in a couple of days (or less?) some people can get their homes raided, their R&D stolen from them and other things like fines, prison threats etc etc etc, then do expect a reaction that will not be (only) in the form of protests, boycotts, rants, etc...
At what point does one company have too much power ? And how on earth did we come to this point where taking apart an object you own and playing with it is illegal because you don't own the things you buy ? Will Ikea sue me if I transform a kitchen worktable into a bench and publish a howto ?
So, kiddie script hackers, a failed hard drive, the Internet mafia or God herself ? Doesn't matter, Sony deserves everything it just got, heck it probably deserves so much more.
The Playstation is a console that people spend money to buy, the company then uses part of the big profits to attack those who try to understand how it works and find other ways of using the device. Of course some people would only buy the console in the first place if they could actually do something with it.
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Update: It appears the campaign has had it's first effect, Defective by Design reports:
Techeye reports that Sony's CEO has turned off his email address as a result of our campaign. Emails to Howard Stringer are now bouncing.
Let's email Nicole Seligman, Executive VP and General Counsel at Sony.