It looks like people are lining up to put the boot into Sony over the PlayStation Network hacking disaster. The latest to polish his hobnails and take a big swing is well known hacker Geohot.
His real name is George Hotz and while you may remember the furore over some of his exploits such as unlocking the iPhone he is probably best known for his previous chequered history with Sony. A judge ordered that Sony could get access to his PayPal account and the IP addresses of everyone who had visited his site after he told the world how to hack the PlayStation 3.
Part of the deal he had to strike with Sony lawyers recently was that he would lay off hacking off any product from Sony, but he has still laid them into verbally, saying that the blame “lies with the executives” who have declared war on hackers and “laughed at the idea of people penetrating the fortress that was once Sony”. He also blamed them for hiring more lawyers when what they really needed to get on board were more security experts.
He said that while hacking into devices is “cool”, stealing user information is “not cool”. That is definitely something that 77 million PSN users would nod in agreement with and we are still waiting to see if the loss in confidence is going to have a lasting impact on their business.
Do you agree with Geohot that Sony should have done more to protect the sensitive information that got stolen from them? What do you think Sony should do now to make up for the PSN Network down fiasco and to regain some credibility?