Homeland Security Signs On To Assist PSN Damage Control
This has been a big deal. A big enough deal to warrant the involvement of the Homeland Security Department.
According to a new report, DHS officials have confirmed they're "helping to mitigate the damage" from the recent PlayStation Network security breach. DHS spokesman Chris Ortman said they're aware of the PSN/Qriocity intrusion and his organization is "working with law enforcement, international partners and Sony to assess the situation." Yeah, we're only talking about gaming and music, but the data these hackers accessed could be used to infiltrate other systems "critical to people's financial security." While credit card info was encrypted at the time of the attack, and credit card companies are reporting no untoward activity, that data is still valuable.
Senior vice president in the national security sector at SRA International, Patrick Burke, said Homeland Security's role in such a situation "is to help companies exchange information about the nature of their losses with customers, the commercial sector and the government as soon as a breach is discovered." Lastly, director of the technology policy program at George Mason University's Mercatus Center, Jerry Brito, put things in perspective by saying this is "scary but not world-ending scary." As he says, "We have much more to fear from nuclear weapons and real war."
Ah, but isn't the war of the 21st century a cyber war? As Ben Kingsley said in "Sneakers," the world is run by "1s and 0s; little bits of data" and "it's all about the information."
4/29/2011 9:15:20 PM Ben Dutka