Saturday, May 14, 2011

Amazon EC2 servers source of PSN hack

The hackers who breached the security of Sony's PlayStation Network and gained access to sensitive data for 77 million subscribers used Amazon's web services cloud to launch the attack, Bloomberg News reported.
The attackers rented a server from Amazon's EC2 service and penetrated the popular network from there, the news outlet said, citing an unnamed person with knowledge of the matter. The hackers supplied fake information to Amazon. The account has now been closed.
Neither Sony nor Amazon commented on the claims.
Bloomberg doesn't say how Amazon's cloud service was used to mount the attack. If the report is correct, it wouldn't be the first time it's been used by hackers.


Anonymous said...

Weren't Amazon having a bunch of troubles with their servers not that long ago? I remember a heap of sites hosted on them going down. Now this. Not good publicity for Amazon lately!

Jim said...

Bad news for Amazon, but good news for Sony and their users.

Anonymous said...

I'm a little Angry to hear this knowing that Amazon have said nothing about the issue at all.

kobosei said...

Well this sucks!

wellpickedbooger said...

Well, I'm glad I don't game online on my PS3, that's for sure! I was pissed at Sony when my memory card got wiped on my PS2 way back when, if my identity was stolen, heads would roll.

OatmealStout said...

So that's how it happened.

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