Sony denies PSN ran on outdated servers plans to offer bounty for

first_imgSony responded to recent accusations that it was their own lax security and poor maintenance that caused the PSN breach, putting out a statement that the old network “used servers that were patched and updated frequently,” and also noted that they “had multiple security measures in place, including firewalls.”This runs contrary to the testimony by Dr. Gene Spafford at a congressional hearing – the same one that Sony decided not to attend – where Spafford pointed out that reports by independent security experts that Sony hired to monitor the security of their systems pointed out the unpatched servers and lack of firewall months ago. Spafford’s report said that three months prior to the April 17th hack, those security contractors told Sony they needed to do something about their network security.Sony mentioned over the weekend that their plans to bring PSN and SOE back to service are taking longer than expected, and that they were planning to offer free games as another apology when they do come back online. The fact that they’ve been working hard to restore service and lock down the network is no secret, but the continuing downtime isn’t doing the company any favors in the eyes of customers.To prove how serious the company takes the issue, or perhaps to redirect attention, the company has also teased the idea of offering a reward for information leading to the identification or capture of the people responsible for the attacks. The bounty hasn’t been confirmed yet, and Sony executives in Japan haven’t agreed to it. If Sony does go that route, the reward will like be announced by law enforcement officials first, and the reward will be paid by Sony if someone tries to redeem it.The current plan is to bring all of Sony’s online gaming systems back online by May 31st, including PSN and SOE. It’s a far cry from the previous estimate of late last week, but Sony noted they needed additional time to make sure the new networks they’re building are secure and ready for users. Sony didn’t comment whether or not a third hack attempt that supposedly took place this weekend had anything to do with the additional delay.Read more at CNETlast_img

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