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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

More Sony News

If you're not playing games, you must be watching Netflix.
I continue to follow this story because of the fascinating twists and turns. Here's some of the latest tidbits:

There's a rumor going around that Sony's security breach was due to the company running obsolete software on many of its servers... some of it over 5 years old, with well-documented security holes. This info is coming by way of a German computer magazine, which claims to have info from Anonymous. Sony, of course, denies the allegations.

It's kind of chilling to think that it might be true, that Sony was asleep at the switch and just didn't bother to spend any time on network security. If they were, I guess they're awake now.

Meanwhile, Sony is giving out free games to make up for the lack of PSN service for nearly a month. Since PSN is free (unlike Xbox Live) Sony had no pesky subscription fees to make good on. There is, however, one little thing... Netflix. I'm not sure how many PS3 users are Netflix subscribers, but I'm willing to say it's a good number... when you consider the latest info, that Netflix accounts for some 30% of peak downstream traffic in the US. Yes, that's all internet traffic. And that costs you $8 a month... which Sony should do something about, since their outage kept you from using Netflix on your PS3 for a month, right?

Wrong. Netflix isn't offering to help people out, which I suppose makes sense since it was Sony's problem. I think Sony should step froward and do what's right here.

Then again, I suppose the inevitable lawsuits over this whole mess may help sort things out.

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