Throughout the month of November and leading up through the Christmas holiday, we were warned by the hacker group known as The Phantom Squad that one or both networks, either the Playstation Network or X-Box Live would be coming down because the integrity of their online security was not up to snuff. This seemed, at the very least, a somewhat vague threat by someone who wanted to show off their hacking skills more than promoting some political agenda. Well, I always wondered if at, some point, it was going to happen. Today, we got the answer – be it a couple weeks later than their Christmas Threat. The PSN went down for most of the day Monday, as reported by IBT, grinding to a halt the fun I was having with my GTA V online. As it turns out, indeed the hacking group, Phantom Squad, has claimed responsibility.
— Phantom Squad (@PhantonSquad) January 5, 2016
I have to ask the most logical of questions – what is the point of this?
In my mind, there isn’t one that can be found rationally. As the Phantom Squad threatened before, they wanted to poke holes in the security of Sony; teach them a lesson for having a shoddy network. Some might call this revenge for the big, scary corporation – revenge for the proliferation of their greed.
To all of the theories out there, I call this, simply, their bravado giving them a reason, pure and simple. While you work, these idiots toil away on Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks (via Wiki on DDoS). They overwhelm networks, essentially grinding them to a halt or shutting them down completely; costing the companies money and IT workers their time leaving the gamers looking for their form of escapism scratching their heads.
Don’t get me wrong - Sony, Microsoft, and other corporations should take network security seriously. That doesn’t mean committing a crime is a great way to motivate them. It’s wrong. Simply put, IT…IS…WRONG. Who suffers? The consumer. The IT guy. Maybe a mid-level guy at Sony. Take it from a person that has worked IT: The boss says “fix it,” you have to fix it. And I’m sure a ton of IT guys are rushing around trying to figure out the situation. Way to win the day you honorable hackers!
No word yet on when we can expect the network to come back but if you stay right here, we will update you as soon as we have some more information.
So for everyone out there in the nation, were you affected by the PSN outage? How do you feel about these hacking groups? Are they a righteous group of freedom fighters, or a whiny group of party poopers? Sound off below.
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