5 Ways Consumers Can Protect Against Another Sony Breach
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shot heard ‘round the world”… Sony has admitted that
hackers broke into its PlayStation Network making off with the personal
information of more than 77 million members. The breach is being called
the fifth largest data breach in history, according to Datalossdb.org,
and is making headlines everywhere.
So what is the impetus for the attack? According to threatpost.com,
speculation is that Anonymous, a collective of hackers, targeted Sony
as retaliation for the company’s legal actions against individuals who
cracked content protection technology for the PS3 and other products.
My take: striking a a hornet’s nest with a baseball bat is never a good
idea. Sony’s heavy-handed approach to defending its intellectual
property has triggered the “nuclear option” with those that it engaged.
Perhaps Sony could learn a few lessons from Microsoft in how it has
handled XBOX 360 and Kinect intellectual property.
Turning my attention to the 70 plus million people whose personal
information has been compromised, here are my suggestions for ways
everyone can protect themselves moving forward:
1) Don’t provide your true DOB or other personal
this type of vendor (i.e. online
2) Use a throwaway email account.
3) Use an anonymous payment card for these
types of online
transactions; many card
issuers provide these temporary “virtual
account numbers” online.
4) Use a unique password for every site.
5) Always assume that the company gathering
information is incompetent at
securing the data;
consider what you
with them and how you are
going to recover
your personal identity
after they lose your
The Sony breach is a clear example of what is wrong with the cloud –
too much data centralized into a single point and the total lack of
transparency of the internal security used to protect it. This is a
clear warning that all consumers can expect their most sensitive
information to be compromised due to the incompetence of those who seek
to reduce costs through haphazard cloud deployments. You’ll hear more
from me about cloud security in the future.
What are your recommendations for consumers and what do you think
Sony’s next move should be?
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You can also read a version of this article in The
Wall Street Journal.
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Software gave his viewpoint on the Sony PSN hack and how to protect
yourself from similar breaches: "Taking a baseball bat to a hornet’s
nest is never an advisable strategy. Sony’s strategy in defending its
intellectual property was heavy handed and has triggered the “nuclear
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