@RedSwirl As far as I’m concerned, I’d rather the company have all the information on what exactly happened first, before making an announcement. PR snafus going off half-cocked have the propensity to deal greater damage. If you’re with a reputable bank or credit union, identity theft shouldn’t be a problem. Maybe it’s a bigger deal in North America. Certainly not Down Under. I’m simply referring to next to nobody being miffed at the perpetrators of the intrusion.

@Shingro I appreciate the fact there’s a fair whack of grey in the equation, and the digital age has certainly upped the ante in blurring lines of ownership and rights, but let’s get one thing straight. I’m talking on perhaps an asinine, perfect world level, but if there’s an intrusion or attack into a system that prohibits consumers/subscribers their access, then the intruders are the ones at fault. This is purely about the PSN issue. And let’s not get into semantics about ‘crusade’. Anonymous wrote that churlish, sophomoric declaration upon Sony in the wake of the GeoHotz business, stating their intentions. That’s a crusade. I’m simply saying, as a consumer, why should we bear the brunt of such antics?

I appreciate your superior understanding and knowledge on the topic, though, regardless of our differing stances. I’m just an average Joe weighing in with his two cents, because I’ve a draining tolerance for high-tech idiocy that, if it weren’t for the snowballing effect of one smug clown, has ended up looking like a highway pile-up. Sure, Sony could have handled it differently, but why shouldn’t they try and lay the smack-down when the threat of their product and services being sliced open lurks just beyond the gates? My two cents.

On a philosophical level, I don’t hold any level of pure hatred, it’s more annoyance. Techno-anarchistic behaviour in regards to entertainment and leisure is a cheap and pointless little exercise for the most part. Ego and smirking satisfaction. We’ve come a long way since the Finnish Demo Scene cracker groups. At least they held rave parties and good music came out of it.

Go write some educational software or something, Anonymous. Be of use to society, or at least stick to breaking political subterfuge.

That’s all I can comment on and the last I’ll say of it.

EDIT: Actually, I’ll just end with this, from IGN’s Jim Reilly after talking to Sony on the issue:

“There’s a difference in timing between when we identified there was an intrusion and when we learned of consumers’ data being compromised. We learned there was an intrusion April 19th and subsequently shut the services down. We then brought in outside experts to help us learn how the intrusion occurred and to conduct an investigation to determine the nature and scope of the incident.

It was necessary to conduct several days of forensic analysis, and it took our experts until yesterday to understand the scope of the breach. We then shared that information with our consumers and announced it publicly this afternoon.”

Considering the fact they had external security firms going over the intrusion and doing a thorough investigation, if they knew of subscribers/users info being compromised from the get-go, they would have said something. By many of the kneejerk reactions across the internet, Sony should have done a chicken Little and pushed the worst-case scenario button from day one. “The network is down. Your info is all over the internet! You’ve contracted syphilis unwittingly! Your family are gone and you’ll never see them again! Cancel absolutely everything! Weddings, holidays, the works.”

So much for the “sitting on their hands” theory. Unless you don’t believe them.