Originally Posted by SpykeZ
You guys are really missing the point these guys are trying to make.
Hopefully some good will come from it. For every public release of information, there are countless security breaches that are kept quiet, with personal information being sold on the black market. If the black market sales can't be traced back to Sony, then Sony has no motive to spend money on plugging the security holes and will allow the blackhats to continue to profit from identity theft. Embarrassing them publicly by making it incredibly obvious that a problem does exist might get those holes fixed.
It is the same mentality used by people who publicly release hacks for MMORPG's - the exploits exist, and a small group of people can continue to profit from them until they become common knowledge. Until the exploits become common knowledge, the devs consider fixing them to be a low priority, but once everybody knows about it they become game breaking and the devs are forced to fix it.
In the MMO's that Sony runs, when hacks are publicly released they simply allow the game to die rather than spending money to fix it (anyone who has played Planetside recently knows what I mean). They have proven unresponsive to anything less than existential threats to the entire corporation. Had Anonymous and LulzSec not caused as much damage as they did, as openly and publicly as they did, it is fair to assume that Sony would have continued to knowingly allow other hackers to quietly steal peoples' information.
Originally Posted by Craiga35
In fact I think Lulzsec would be in a better position if they had only threatened to release the info instead of actually releasing it. They would still have some leverage over Sony
That is literally the oldest trick in the book. In chapter 11 of Art of War, the story of Chuan Chu is compared to the story of Ts`ao Kuei. Chu killed the king and was immediately hacked to pieces by the palace guard. During a meeting to formalize his surrender, Kuei held a knife to the neck of a different king and forced him to sign a document returning lands that Kuei had lost over the course of three disastrous battles.
The threat of force can be more effective than the use of force.Edited by willis888 - 6/7/11 at 3:25am