Report: PSN Hackers Used Amazon's Cloud Service
Now that the PlayStation Network is back up, everyone is wondering: how did the hackers do it?
For the record, we at PSXE couldn't possibly care less. But according to a Bloomberg report, Amazon.com's cloud computing unit was used by hackers in the attack on Sony's online systems. Essentially, the hackers used an alias to sign up to rent a server through Amazon's EC2 service and launched the assault on the PSN from there. Obviously, that account has been shut down. According to the source, this incursion was "a very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack." Amazon didn't respond to request for comment, although it should be made clear that these criminals didn't break into Amazon's servers. They signed up for a service as any legitimate company might; they just used fake information. So don't start thinking your personal information at Amazon is in any danger; that really isn't the case.
We have too much to worry about these days...let's not add needless concern for no reason.
5/15/2011 8:44:34 PM Ben Dutka