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Sony Wins 'Epic Fail' Honors At Pwnie Awards

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the reasonable-chance-of-defending-their-title-too dept.

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hypnosec writes "Hackers' favorite recent target, Sony, has won an award at the Black Hat conference held in Las Vegas this week. However, much to the embarrassment of the company, the award it nailed was in the category of 'Epic Fail' of the year. The Pwnie awards, which are like Oscar equivalents in the hacker community, gave this 'honor' to Sony following the series of cyberattacks it was subjected to a few months back, which saw the company's PlayStation and PC gaming networks go down, as well as many other services suffering heavily."

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48 comments

first (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36999700)

anonymous post

I enjoy the yearly slideshow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36999726)

Of the exploits we lost over the past year. Always brings a tear to my eye.

ugh sony (4, Informative)

nege (263655) | more than 2 years ago | (#36999768)

And you STILL can't reset your PSN password OR register a new account. Maybe they will get this award next year too, at the rate they are restoring services.

What a pile of fail.

Re:ugh sony (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36999922)

I did register an account about a month ago.

Re:ugh sony (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36999948)

Why?

Re:ugh sony (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37002346)

Because I want to? Because I want to play online games? It's not like I'd give real information for a game service or forum.

Re:ugh sony (1)

Stupendoussteve (891822) | more than 2 years ago | (#37003832)

Except you can do both. I have reset my password multiple times.

Re:ugh sony (1)

renegadesx (977007) | more than 2 years ago | (#37018242)

Not all regions, I haven't been able to change my email address OR password on my PSN account. Considering I want to close down the email address, and would like to change the password (as I like to change all my passwords peridocically) I am still not happy with Sony.

Sony says: (4, Funny)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 2 years ago | (#36999856)

Buy our award winning products!

Re:Sony says: (2, Insightful)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 2 years ago | (#36999936)

Something tells me there aren't too many Sony executives who know or care about the Pwnies. Methinks the submitter is a bit overenthusiastic in suggesting the company is embarrassed about the award itself.

Re:Sony says: (2)

jdpars (1480913) | more than 2 years ago | (#37000006)

Sony apologized publicly. For a Japanese company, that's pretty serious. I know we here take an apology to mean crap, but that wasn't some PR spin. That was legit guilt.

Re:Sony says: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37000274)

Yes, Sony maybe a Japanese company but one must not forget that Sony's CEO, Chairman and President is an American / Englishman.

Re:Sony says: (3, Insightful)

PRMan (959735) | more than 2 years ago | (#37000306)

For a Japanese company, that's pretty serious.

They used to fall on their swords, so I'm going to have to disagree with you...

Re:Sony says: (1)

Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) | more than 2 years ago | (#37000388)

It was actually much more involved than just falling on one's own sword. See Seppuku [wikipedia.org] for more details. It was really quite gruesome. It would even be appropriate for Sony to do this given the context for performing Seppuku.

Re:Sony says: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37000564)

Only if there's nobody to finish the job, so they get to die slowly from the gut wound...

Re:Sony says: (1)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 2 years ago | (#37000620)

They used to fall on their swords, so I'm going to have to disagree with you...

Falling on one's sword was an ancient Roman tradition. In recent centuries, the Japanese expected rather more [wikipedia.org] of a failed leader.

Yubitsume required... (1)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | more than 2 years ago | (#37000494)

Sony apologized publicly. For a Japanese company, that's pretty serious. I know we here take an apology to mean crap, but that wasn't some PR spin. That was legit guilt.

So how many fingers did they cut off as yubitsume [wikipedia.org] ?

Not even one? Well, that's not much of an apology, then. Executives, even a gaijin [wikipedia.org] like Stringer [wikipedia.org] , should behave in a more culturally appropriate fashion.

Re:Yubitsume required... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37000624)

Yubitsume is the ritual. You don't "as" a ritual. I think what you would say is "How many iki yubi did they offer in apology?"

Re:Sony says: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37001306)

It's japanese damage control. It's a stylized form of seppuku and it's been overused since the 80's. No one cares any more because it's ONLY symbolic. The person taking the blame retains everything he has. It doesn't even have a social cost any more. It has no more meaning that an American apology. It's a show, public PR.

I'd rather them apologize for their abuses of the intellectual property systems of the world. It's really a shame. Oh well. AT least there's karmic justice. The Sony name used to mean something good. You can trace the beginning of their technology decline to their purchase of Columbia.

Re:Sony says: (2)

publiclurker (952615) | more than 2 years ago | (#37000128)

Sony and their award was actually on the television news around here. while they may not care at all about the aware, they most certainly care about the added publicity.

OMG (3, Funny)

Anne_Nonymous (313852) | more than 2 years ago | (#36999868)

Pwnies!!!

Re:OMG (-1, Offtopic)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 2 years ago | (#36999974)

I really do think that meme's funeral was held shortly after Friendship is Magic started garnering a cult following. You may wish to consider moving on to newer, brighter memes, such as Yakov Smirnoff jokes, petrified Natalie Portman, or putting a dollar sign in "Microsoft".

Re:OMG (0)

Lysander7 (2085382) | more than 2 years ago | (#37000028)

Try as I might, I simply can't get your signature.

Re:OMG (1)

smelch (1988698) | more than 2 years ago | (#37000578)

It's just a regular expression that would match an entire line. It literally would cross "the road", while remaining not funny the whole time. I spent a long time tyring to figure out the joke part of it, and I'm still not sure that it is meant to be one. But hey, it's hard to be smart AND funny, especially when talking about pattern matching so I don't hold it against her.

Re:OMG (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 2 years ago | (#37001278)

If it's any consolation, I stole it from a really old Emacs fortune file. It's in the category of "appallingly unfunny jokes", along side [bb|[^b]{2}]; fortunately, the only other regex joke I know.

Re:OMG (1)

smelch (1988698) | more than 2 years ago | (#37020722)

Awww, you changed your sig. Now I feel like a bully!

Re:OMG (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 2 years ago | (#37020986)

In all seriousness, it's something along the lines of the sixth question I've received about it. Besides; if Apollo had meant for us to have only one signature, it would be declared final.

Re:OMG (1)

smelch (1988698) | more than 2 years ago | (#37021304)

It's called creating a buzz. It's a good thing.

Re:OMG (1)

Samantha Wright (1324923) | more than 2 years ago | (#37022172)

I think I may just take you up on that—regardless of whether or not it keeps falling flat.

But that being said, there are plenty of other esoteric jokes about as deserving of sig-space.

"Pony Awards" (1)

Lysander7 (2085382) | more than 2 years ago | (#36999874)

Was Sony present to accept the award from the Bronies?

Continued Failure (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#36999888)

Just yesterday I tried adding a credit card to PSN so I could purchase some DLC. None of my 3 cards worked even after verifying multiple times the billing information was correct. After my last attempt I was informed by PSN that I'm locked out from trying for "Multiple Days".

All the accounts I tried were riddled with their $1 charges, so all the cards worked but their system couldn't recognize/realize it was working.

Garbage system/development, they deserve every bit of their Epic Fail award.

Re:Continued Failure (1)

DarwinSurvivor (1752106) | more than 2 years ago | (#37004558)

You actually gave a REAL credit card number to Sony?!?

As the cliche goes . . . (1)

tgeek (941867) | more than 2 years ago | (#37000008)

"It's an honor just to be nominated!"

full text for posterity (1)

Thud457 (234763) | more than 2 years ago | (#37000170)

Pwnie for Most Epic FAIL
Sometimes giving 110% just makes your FAIL that much more epic. And what use would the Internet be if it wasn't there to document this FAIL for all time?

This award is to honor a person or company's spectacularly epic FAIL. And the winner is:

Sony

After Fail0verflow and GeoHot published how to jailbreak the PS3, Sony got a bit miffed. Apparently unfamiliar with how the Internet works and how difficult it is to remove the piss from a swimming pool, Sony proceeded to try erase the information from the Internet and sue GeoHot et al. into oblivion. Needless to say, this was about as successful as the MiniDisc.

Sony

Speaking of piss in a swimming pool, that just happened to be how well Sony protected their Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) users' account info and roughly 25 to 77 million account details were stolen by unknown hackers. That metaphor makes just about no sense at all, but you get the point: FAIL.

Sony

Sony is definitely good at one thing: keeping the hits coming and their fans entertained. Oh wait, did we say Sony? We meant LulzSec. I guess that counts as another FAIL for Sony.

Sony

After learning the hard way that their PlayStation Network was about as porous as air, Sony had to shut it down for over two months to rebuild it from scratch. In doing so, they made everyone from your 8-year old cousin to your barber learn about the importance of security. Hooray for us, sorry Sony shareholders.

Sony

Noticing a pattern here? But wait, it gets better. Sony might have been able to better repel the multitude of attacks if they hadn't just recently laid off a significant number of their network security team. Great timing, guys.

Re:full text for posterity (2)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 2 years ago | (#37000420)

Sony might have been able to better repel the multitude of attacks if they hadn't just recently laid off a significant number of their network security team. Great timing, guys.

I'm waiting for the next story, which reads "Former Sony network security admins charged with breaking into PSN." While most think of such timing as unfortunate, security-conscious folks tend to instead think of it as suspicious.

Re:full text for posterity (1)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | more than 2 years ago | (#37003904)

They should also add...

Sony
After trying to win/woo (existing) customers back by giving 2 free PS3 games + 2 free PSP games, they "expired" the game offers after about 1 month. Why the fuck weren't these available until the end of time ??

Re:full text for posterity (1)

Machtyn (759119) | more than 2 years ago | (#37003998)

I'm wondering how Sony stays in business. Then I remember all the seriously overpriced hardware they sell. Still, Sony should receive a Lifetime Award in Epic Fail: Betamax, rootkit in music CDs, and others. (Can't take away the great good they've done, though: Walkman, CDs, Playstation, etc.)

Re:full text for posterity (1)

UnknownSoldier (67820) | more than 2 years ago | (#37011696)

> I'm wondering how Sony stays in business.

Basically, they hare a hardware R&D company.

When I worked for them I was curious how long the company had been around and how they got their start. Wikipedia is actually half decent in this ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony [wikipedia.org] :

Over the years, Sony has introduced these standards:

        Umatic (~1968)
        Betamax (1975)
        Betacam (1981)
        Compact Disc with Philips (1982)
        3.5 inch Floppy Disk (1982)
        Video8 (1985)
        DAT (1987)
        Hi8 (1988)
        MiniDisc (~1990)
        Digital Betacam (~1990)
        miniDV (1992)
        DVD with others (~1995)
        DVCAM (1996)
        Memory Stick (1998)
        Digital8 (1999)
        Universal Media Disc (~2003)
        HDV with JVC (~2004)
        Blu-ray Disc with Panasonic and others (2006)

You spend enough on R&D on FAIL, and eventually you hit the "jackpot" -- create a product that everyone wants.

Re:full text for posterity (1)

renegadesx (977007) | more than 2 years ago | (#37018280)

I think Aaron Barr deserved a nomination, Sony deserved one winning nominaiton for everything mentioned above and possibly a Lifetime Achievement award down the track.

No contest (1)

lavagolemking (1352431) | more than 2 years ago | (#37000186)

If you need to be that horrible to get this award, then it must be very prestigious indeed. I mean, there was that Citi Bank disaster [slashdot.org] , for example, it's nothing in comparison to Sony but as horrible as it was it's nothing in light of Sony. Think of the honor the CEO is having bestowed upon him. Heck, this was possibly worse than the ping of death [wikipedia.org] . What do you compare it to?

Not hack related (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37000280)

I know it's not hack-related, but the Epic Fail 2010 award really should go to Square-Enix for Final Fantasy XIV.

They all have Epic fails once or twice (1)

s4ndm4n (1361751) | more than 2 years ago | (#37000584)

Of all the major corporations out there, do any of them really deserve the stone thrown at them first? I mean, at any given point in their existence, most of them have epically (sp?) failed. Apple, MS, Oracle and Google to name a few others. All of them have done something so bad as to have the whole slashdot community a-buzz about their antics. I see this as a very bad thing, yes. But I can't honestly point at any of the other big guys and say they couldn't have done the same easily, if they haven't already.

Re:They all have Epic fails once or twice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37000698)

... and Google... a-buzz

I see what you did there!

Re:They all have Epic fails once or twice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37000846)

Are you for real?

Re:They all have Epic fails once or twice (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37000878)

Which doesn't make Sony's multiple fails any less epic.

Re:They all have Epic fails once or twice (0)

tlhIngan (30335) | more than 2 years ago | (#37000890)

If you RTFA (/., I know), it's just that in the span of a few months, Sony could fail multiple times in such a spectacular fashion.

All those big guys? Yeah, they had their fails, but not a string of repeated ones - PS3 completely broken - complete with master keys, PSN customer details leaked, SOE customer details leaked, the various fun things Lulzsec did, plus PSN got so horribly hacked they had to shut it down for 2 months. And finally, they laid off their security guys.

Nevermind the unmentioned fail of bringing back PSN - they had a password reset thing that you filled in. Except... well, anyone with the PSN customer information could go grab anyone's account - the details they asked for - were what was stolen.

It got to the point where people were annoucing days where some Sony thing or other WASN'T hacked.

Re:They all have Epic fails once or twice (0)

jiriw (444695) | more than 2 years ago | (#37002282)

Maybe ... But if you see the Nominations list, there wasn't even a choice of nominees this year. Unlike last year where there were several 'minor' Epic Fails, this year there Could Only Be One(tm). It was the Epic Fails of Epic-est Fail-ness. And Sony rightfully got credited for it.

Disclaimer: I'm a bit biased of course, who isn't? The last Sony item I bought was a 'high quality' headphones a year ago that broke within a couple of months due to material fatigue that broke the braces that connected the ear cups with the head band. Well ... nothing some epoxy can't handle. It's still semi-usable. However, it's not that experience that put me off spending money on anything Sony related since (Except, maybe, through the optical media standards they co-developed).

Like the Oscars? (1)

itchythebear (2198688) | more than 2 years ago | (#37001036)

The Pwnie awards, which are like Tony [wikipedia.org] equivalents in the hacker community.

FTFY

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