Was Sony Compromised By Snake?

By Colin Tan on April 28, 2011, 5:02PM EDT
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"This is Snake, do you read me? I've infiltrated Arsenal Gear, they've taken Raiden."

"I hear you Snake, your mission is to rescue Raiden and aid him in uploading the virus that will destroy GW."

Arsenal Gear, the shell and fortress that houses The Patriots' Core AI system, GW. If it isn't taken out, The Patriots can use it to control the flow of digital information. With the future of the world and the freedom of information at stake, Snake and Raiden dive deep into the bowels of Arsenal"¦

Sound familiar? I bet it does. With all the drama surrounding Sony and PSN, you can't help but wonder if their database was hacked by a flippin' professional spy. Yes, I know hackers are a talented group of individuals, and not all of them are malicious, it just so happened that the one that attacked GW - uh, I mean, Sony seems to be rather nasty. So were The Patriots indeed attacked by Snake? It really wouldn't be that surprising.

All joking aside, the hack seems to be beyond just the software. Signs point to an actual physical attack on Sony's network. Remember when PlayStation RLS reported that the problem originated in Japan? Sony's now physically moving their data centres to a safer and more "secure" location. Did the perpetrator sneak into Sony's fortress? Both metaphorically and literally speaking? It's quite frightening just to think about it.

Damn those cardboard boxes.

The attack struck on Wednesday, bringing down the entirety of PSN. What was the reason? What was its inspiration? The GeoHot case? Or perhaps just an angry hacker hellbent on getting back at a giant corporate electronics conglomerate. More frighteningly, was it a professional? Someone working for another's motivation and objectives, to not only take down PSN, but to take all of our so-called private information - perhaps for profit, all the while costing Sony probably millions, if not billions in damages.

The inevitable wrath of the internet and its denizens quickly engulfed Sony, blaming the company for lack of any proper security measures concerning our information, our way of life. But what can you do when the enemy is Snake? You're not going to find him, he'll find you. It doesn't matter what sophisticated countermeasures you have in place, Snake does what Snake does best: he'll get around it, one way or another.

Do you remember the NASA incident? How about the Pentagon? Both were breached and both supposedly have the most high-tech, the cutting edge, the best of the best, security on a global scale. If NASA and the Pentagon can be breached, then so can every other networked service in the world. Hackers will get around whatever wall is in front of them, it may take time, but it's what they do best: sneaking behind security measures, opening up and modifying devices to suit their needs and wants.

What does that speak of every other network service that you use? How's your favourite social networking site working for you? What about your favourite online retailer? Or that massively popular online game? Name, age, gender, address, telephone numbers, credit card information. All digital information that can be sold and used for profit. It's not even safe walking around a grocery store these days. Card readers can grab your credit card data from 30 feet away. Even WIFI hotspots aren't secure. People constantly leave their information wide open, bared naked for all to see and they don't even know it.

Are these data centres as secure as we believe them to be? Does it matter? Clearly not. If Snake has a target in his sights, he's not letting it go. The walls are going down one way or another, even if using a cardboard box is the last remaining resort. In this age of digital commerce - no, not even that, our entire way of life has been digitalized: The Patriots have it made easier, if you will, through electronics, hardware, software. Everything occurs in an instant. We're probably already paying the price for it, we just don't know it.

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