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Fear Mongering: “They” Are Trying To Turn You Away From PSN

by Ernice Gilbert on May 6th, 2011, under Article, Hot, PS3, PSN, Sony

Sony has been rattled as of recent. The company saw its most precious network suffer a devastating attack over two weeks ago by hackers hellbent on destroying its reputation, and a few days past we learned they also attacked Sony’s Online Portal. Simply put, the recent attacks have done massive damage to the company, and its employees are working around the clock to bring the aforementioned services back online.

Well just when we receive word that PSN is in its final testing stages, and service should resume anytime now, CNET’s ran a rumor claiming another hacker group is planning a third wave of attacks against the firm – but do you know why? It’s “in retaliation for [Sony's] handling of the PlayStation Network breach”. This makes absolutely no sense whatsoever, and to add even more suspicion, CNET, a site that’s been openly negative towards all things Sony, gave no source.

Something’s not adding up.

Who’s truly behind these hacks? Yes, it started with Geohot, but is there a possibility that Sony competitors are now using this to further damage the company’s reputation? This CNET rumor raises a lot of questions as it seems this new rumor makes no sense. And although we’re almost certain MS had nothing to do with the breach, this latest rumor raises many a question.

Who Owns CNET?

CBS owns CNET, and CBS is a huge part of Viacom. This is significant because Viacom and Microsoft are laying in bed:

“On December 19, Viacom signed a five year, $500 million contract with Microsoft that included content sharing and advertisement. The deal allowed Microsoft to license many shows from Viacom owned cable television and film studios for use on Xbox Live and MSN. The deal also made Viacom a preferred publisher partner for casual game development and distribution through MSN and Windows. On the advertisement side of the deal, Microsoft’s Atlas ad-serving division became the exclusive provider of previously unsold advertising inventory on Viacom owned web sites. Also, Microsoft purchased a large amount of advertising on Viacom owned broadcasts and online networks. Finally, Microsoft will also collaborate on promotions and sponsorships for MTV and BET award shows, two Viacom owned cable networks.”

You can see the close relationship. But I’m not implying that Microsoft is somehow behind the attacks in any way. I’m saying that the new article ran by CNET looks more like an effort to distance people away from Sony by spreading lies. The rumor has now infiltrated the internet and is now plastered over major networks, casting another dark shadow over the company.

Sony’s worked hard to make sure the customers affected by the PSN breach are well taken care of. They’re now offering free identity protection through DEBIX, has provided compensation to all its users, and company chairman, Sir Howard Stringer, has formerly apologized for what happened, and promised to take all steps necessary to provide customers with a great and secure service moving forward.

Also, Sony’s employed the best in the business to help rebuild and secure the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, and the FBI have also gotten involved. What CNET ran is truly hot air, a diversion, a distraction, to Sony’s inevitable return.

Don’t let the fear mongering bite you.


  1. Fri, 6th May 2011 at 7:32 am

    im really starting to get seriously fecked off with this now, Come on Sony just tell us when your getting PSN up and running, no more “soon” or “within a week” i want an exact date!

  2. Fri, 6th May 2011 at 7:44 am

    Couldn’t agree with you more, Foxton. I’m really getting tired of waiting…never thought I’d miss the service so badly…..God.

  3. Fri, 6th May 2011 at 12:31 pm

    The only problem with people wanting a date is that nobody knows how much info they are trying to sort through. It is not mb, or gb, but rather TB of info and a lot of TBs at that. That is why they are giving tentative dates because they cannot give flat out dates. They are working as hard as they can.

  4. Fri, 6th May 2011 at 12:40 pm

    I really want PSN back on like now.. And now we hear MS is about to release a new console….I feel bad for Sony.

  5. Sat, 7th May 2011 at 5:49 am

    there not giving dates because they dont want to miss it.
    everytime they say a date then miss it people complain saying if you could not get it up by then you should not of said you could.
    as the saying goes damned if you do, damned if you dont!
    patience is a virtue!
    apparently its happening now, tis why sonys delayed PSN re service again.
    god dam it, enough with this crap get our store access back!

  6. Sat, 7th May 2011 at 6:53 am


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