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Anonymous Claims to Have Hacked PSN, Sony Says No

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Yesterday, a member of Anonymous claimed via the hacktivist group's Twitter that he had hacked Sony's PlayStation Network and had access to a 50 GB database of user account information, including emails and passwords. The ordeal brought back plenty of bad juju from the PSN outage of 2011, which was also caused by hacking.

PSN users before you raise your angry mob torches for a Sony witch hunt, take a breath. Your information is safe.

After hearing of the hack, Sony responded via the PlayStation Twitter feed that "We can confirm that the recent claim that PSN was illegally hacked & that customer PWs and email addresses were accessed is completely false."

Indeed, the Anon member had been bluffing the entire time. The pastebin file that the Anon member had included in his tweet as "evidence" that he had hacked the PSN turns out to be the same that was dumped back in 2011.

Don't worry, PSN members, there's no repeat of last year's PSN disaster.

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    officeguy , August 16, 2012 4:17 PM
    One word to this guy.... wannabe
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    hrhuffnpuff , August 16, 2012 4:16 PM
    Well, call me a tad cynical, but instead of hacking PSN, they should try and hack into DoD and get some real info on Area 51 or some other clandestine base or post (if you are Army). That will make it worth there while and it will be more interesting.
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    internetlad , August 16, 2012 4:20 PM
    INTERNET NEWS!
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    hrhuffnpuff , August 16, 2012 4:16 PM
    Well, call me a tad cynical, but instead of hacking PSN, they should try and hack into DoD and get some real info on Area 51 or some other clandestine base or post (if you are Army). That will make it worth there while and it will be more interesting.
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    officeguy , August 16, 2012 4:17 PM
    One word to this guy.... wannabe
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    internetlad , August 16, 2012 4:20 PM
    INTERNET NEWS!
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    freggo , August 16, 2012 4:22 PM
    hrhuffnpuffWell, call me a tad cynical, but instead of hacking PSN, they should try and hack into DoD and get some real info on Area 51 or some other clandestine base or post (if you are Army). That will make it worth there while and it will be more interesting.


    And it will be interesting to see what the DoD will do to hunt them down like the criminals they are. :-)
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    hrhuffnpuff , August 16, 2012 4:24 PM
    freggoAnd it will be interesting to see what the DoD will do to hunt them down like the criminals they are. :-)


    Oddly enough, it would be quite a hilarity, if the alleged criminal is a 13 y/o prodigy from Bangalore, India.
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    husker , August 16, 2012 4:33 PM
    Am I the only one who knows how to apply simple logic? How can Anonymous claim anything? If there was a way to verify the claim actually came from an official Anonymous source, that person would be in jail by now.
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    xaed , August 16, 2012 4:34 PM
    Ideally, wouldn't a successful crack be a situation where the cracker gets away without the target even being aware he was in the system; thus making the target say "no, it wasn't hacked."? Just my 2 cents.
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    master_chen , August 16, 2012 4:47 PM
    Quote:
    Anonymous Claims to Have Hacked PSN, Sony Says No

    , Nobody Cares.
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    freggo , August 16, 2012 4:54 PM
    hrhuffnpuffOddly enough, it would be quite a hilarity, if the alleged criminal is a 13 y/o prodigy from Bangalore, India.


    If a 13 y/o can hack the DoD we'd certainly have to ask ourselves who the hell is in charge of security at the DoD :-)

    Than again, I'd not be surprised as the powers in charge are usually well behind the realities of the real world.
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    master_chen , August 16, 2012 5:06 PM
    hrhuffnpuff13 y/o prodigy from Bangalore, India.


    Is that....O_o...is that...by any chance...a reference to the "Good Will Hunting"? o_O'
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    rantoc , August 16, 2012 5:33 PM
    Don't worry, PSN members, there's no repeat of last year's PSN disaster.

    Yet, sadly the cloud is a powder cake just waiting to explode. In reality no system is entirely secure and the constant hacking reports of high profile target proves it!
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    husker , August 16, 2012 5:56 PM
    rantocYet, sadly the cloud is a powder cake just waiting to explode. In reality no system is entirely secure and the constant hacking reports of high profile target proves it!

    A powder cake exploding would be bad: we would be covered in talc. Of course, a power keg exploding would be much worse... :) 
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    Devoteicon , August 16, 2012 6:10 PM
    "Anonymous Claims to Have No Life, Everyone Says Yes"
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    Fierce Guppy , August 16, 2012 6:10 PM
    It just goes to show what a sad bunch of pubes Anonymous really is.
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    A Bad Day , August 16, 2012 6:50 PM
    That's the disadvantage of having a very loose organization.

    You have no organization. One cell could be doing white-hat stuff, while the other is getting ready to dump Intel's research stuff into Bit-Torrent.
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    g-unit1111 , August 16, 2012 7:37 PM
    Anonymous PR fail
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    kewl munky , August 16, 2012 8:52 PM
    Anonymous can do anything being anyone can claim to be anonymous. It's rather annoying to hear reports of them doing this or that. More than likely this person isn't in contact with the higher league of hackers who claim to be anonymous, but just a young teen who wanted to feel like a bad ass mother fucker online.
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    BigBodZod , August 16, 2012 10:27 PM
    huskerA powder cake exploding would be bad: we would be covered in talc. Of course, a power keg exploding would be much worse...


    Well even if a powder cake were to explode, I think the effect would be quite interesting :) 
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    eddieroolz , August 16, 2012 11:47 PM
    I wonder how much of Anonymous's nonsense were also bluffs...
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    10tacle , August 17, 2012 3:27 AM
    Well I was one of those not too terribly upset at the PSN outage last year. So I was out of game play online with friends for three weeks. PC gaming filled that void just fine and life goes on. Plus, I got two free games out of the deal and some cool downloads through that free month of PlayStation Plus access. I just don't want to go through those updates and account and email password changes again. Total PITA.
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