questionshow do you feel that sony is handling the…

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I think it's great they're giving away free game downloads -- now if only the store would come back online so we could get them... As far as "handling it properly" goes, I think they're doing great to save face with the PSN community. Other businesses have had problems just like this and have done nothing to reimburse their customers for the trouble caused. Afterall, it was from an outside attack, not someone at Sony that messed up, but they're eating it as their own mistake anyway. Kudos Sony

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They have a LOT to remidiate right now, and I think they're doing a much better job doing it than some other companies have when dealing with breaches. Dealing with the many facets of a data breach is at best the most frustrating thing you'll ever have to deal with. People don't understand that not only do they have to deal with the massive customer backlash, but also digital forensics, goverment complaince violations wich will no doubt number in the millions, and a larger target on theirt backs now that it's happened.

Overall pretty impressed with their reaction, I thought this was going to be the Playstation killer.

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Since "The Big Breach"? There have been other attacks. Sony is weak.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-20065389-245.html

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@xarous: Well this is the 2nd biggest breach in US history, hence "the big breach" I'm sure there have been others that may have gone unnoticed or swept under the carpet so to speak.

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@eeekdageek: Where are you getting the infoze that says this is the second largest breach? Here's some fun reading (and it's only one of several sites collecting this information):

http://datalossdb.org/
http://datalossdb.org/index/largest

I do have to admit that it's now up there on the list at number four, which is a distinction that I think they'd rather not have.

Other sites keeping records of this rank it lower. Here's another fun place.

http://www.databreaches.net/

Good times all around, right?

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Nevermind if the breaches affected you, Wooters get excited about getting free stuff. We are the consuming public.

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Mainly as a spectator, the way they handled the entire situation I would rate a 4/10

My reasoning:

They took forever to inform the public of a possible breach of CC and personal data
They locked people out of their accounts to check if they even had sensitive data on their account
They set many deadlines that they did not keep
The network was down for much longer than expected
They didn't explicitly state their security was breached for a very long time

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Their security was way too lax when you look at the amount and type of data they were storing. their security was more like that of a random mom and pop site that just started up. They also made a mistake by being so strong armed with hackers. All i can say, is that before the big breach, i had a ps3 and an old non wifi xbox. And all the games i got were for the ps3 since online play was free. since the outage, i've sprung for a new xbox, and will be getting xbox live. from now on i will only be buying ps3 games when they are not available on the 360

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@eeekdageek: Ah. I had to read it three times to find the claim about "second" (and I think they may have used a fairly narrow definition for it). Not a bad read, though.

I like Bloomberg; it's one of the few financial sites that covers ALL the major markets. I don't sleep; neither does money. I have an equal interest in Hong Kong and Shanghai as I do in FTSE and Dow Jones. I don't like their recent redo for the web site, though. Then again, I never do.

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I was about to finally get a PS3, but now that's on the back-burner. Maybe I should go with the XBox?

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All I'm going to say is that a modded xbox is the best value in gaming you can get. Just have one xbox you use live with, and then a modded one that you never connect to the interwebs. Play all the single player stuff you want on the one, and do netflix and live gaming on the other. YMMV, but it's worked well for me in the past. I have a PS3 as well which I mostly use as a player for the PS3 Media Server I have running on my computer. The outage made using netflix irritating but not impossible with the exception of maybe 3 days. I'd like to see more from Sony. Their hard line against hackers and piracy is what irritates me most. Even before they released the rootkit on every music CD they published they were starting down the wrong path. I'm not really surprised at what happened, but I'm incredibly disappointed with how long the network was down.

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What more can they really do?