I was listening to a NPR
NEWS story about how hackers have been hammering at all things SONY
through multiple security vulnerabilities. I think the story falsely attributed the motivation behind these attacks. NPR
stated that the attacks were in response to SONY
's law suit against GeoHot
, the hacker that hacked the PS3
to show that users (SONY
's customers) could restore their consumer rights that SONY
also suggested that these hackers were hoping to be employed by SONY
to fix the very services that they were attacking. I don't feel that either explanation tells the whole story.I don't know the hacker motivations for certain
, but I would not be surprised if they were the result of decades of SONY's business practices
started off as the company that fought for consumer rights (to record their own shows) and ended up as the company that suppresses consumer rights.
In a move in the right direction (I'm biased) SONY
promised to support the installation of other operating systems on the PS3
, such as Linux
can be used for multiple projects, such as:
- Web page servers
- Home theater media centers
- File servers
- A personal workstation - that can be connected to from anywhere
- Simply to learn a *nix Operating System
then produced a firmware update that intentionally removed this capability, preventing its customers who spent many hours creating content on their PS3
s from accessing that content.
- May 23rd, 2010: GeoHot demonstrated that the PS3 could be hacked to restore the OtherOS functionality that would allow SONY's customers to retain their consumer right to make modifications to the products that they have bought and paid for.
- April 27th, 2010: A class action lawsuit was filed against SONY for an "unfair and deceptive" "breach of good faith" against its own customers.
- July 14th, 2010: GeoHot announced that he would not be publishing his custom firmware for the PS3.
- January, 2011: Six months later, SONY decides to sue GeoHot and other hackers anyways.
Recognize that SONY
is consumer unfriendly, backs the RIAA/MPAA, sells proprietary hardware, and gouges consumers once they are locked into SONY
's products and services. Just don't buy from them. If you do buy from them, and find that SONY
hoarked you because of it, do the right thing and seek a legitimate remedy.
has embraced the modders that hacked the Microsoft Kinect
and are openly encouraging them
. That's right. Microsoft.
As far as SONY
's security woes? I don't agree with attacking network services, but I think they asked for it.