Sony's Playstation Network still not safe from hackers, says expert

Earlier this week, Sony fully restored the Playstation Network in most parts of the world by bringing the Playstation Store back online. Sony claims that it has not only brought back the console game online network but it has also improved the security for PSN's servers since the network was brought down on April 20 due to a cyber attack on its systems. But is Sony just setting itself up for another fall? Industry Gamers reports that an expert says, "Yes."

Gregory Evans is an online security expert and author of eight books on the subject. More importantly he's also a former hacker who has done two years of time in a federal prison for his crimes.  Now he's the head of the Ligett Security Company who tries to protect companies from the kinds of things he once did. When asked if he believes that Sony's Playstation Network has now become safe from hacking Evans flat out says, "No And it’s not just Sony gamers that are at risk. It’s anyone who has any online gaming console like Xbox or Wii. Nothing’s 100 percent secure."

He added, "When you’re connected to your Wi-Fi and you’re playing online games it’s opening up hundreds of ports. Each one of those ports is like a door that a hacker can use to bypass your firewall and get into your computer." Evans believes that even with Sony's claims that they have updated and improved the security for the Playstation Network, more attacks by hackers will happen. He states, "The problem remains that Sony and most big corporations have IT managers designing their networks and security. Even if these guys have a Master’s Degree or PhD from a school like MIT, that doesn’t make them a true security expert. It’s scary and these attacks will continue to happen."

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Pathetic article because this guy knows nothing about the new security sony has. I think it's pretty safe to say it is up there with the 'most secure' now. I know nothing can be 100% but it's got to be pretty good..
-Why would they hire security experts, to be left with an unsecure network.
-If this guy can say it, then so can the experts sony hires, if they do say it then they wouldn't of put it back online
-This was unbelievably embarrassing for them, they wont want it happening again.

I hope it's all true because the only valid point in this article is that more attacks will come to test sony.

Also, bigger image? scrolling down to read article infavour of a pointless image.. not good.

Uplift said,
Pathetic article because this guy knows nothing about the new security sony has. I think it's pretty safe to say it is up there with the 'most secure' now. I know nothing can be 100% but it's got to be pretty good..
-Why would they hire security experts, to be left with an unsecure network.
-If this guy can say it, then so can the experts sony hires, if they do say it then they wouldn't of put it back online
-This was unbelievably embarrassing for them, they wont want it happening again.

I hope it's all true because the only valid point in this article is that more attacks will come to test sony.

Also, bigger image? scrolling down to read article infavour of a pointless image.. not good.

i agree with the all of the above

zeke009 said,
The only safe network is the network that has 0 users.

Yea, I'm a security expert now!


Not true, Sony proved you can't hack their network if they take it offline.

dead.cell said,

Not true, Sony proved you can't hack their network if they take it offline.
Look at you, Mr. Storm Cloung crashing my parade!

"Nothing's 100 percent secure." I think some ppl didn't need to become a hacker, get arrested, or get a PhD from MIT to conclude this. We all know that even if we connect online only to check the Neowin home page we're already vulnerable to an attack. If there's data trafic, there's something open to allow that, and that's what the hackers will use. Don't want ANY risk? Go completely offline. It's the only way.

"Nothing's 100 percent secure." This guy likes stating the obvious. You don't need to be a security expert to know that.

Even if these guys have a Master's Degree or PhD from a school like MIT, that doesn't make them a true security expert.

Because you have to hack sites in your youth to become a true security expert.

Even if these guys have a Master's Degree or PhD from a school like MIT, that doesn't make them a true security expert.
This statement is still valid. A lot of so-called IT security worker in many corporations think they are an expert and no hacker can get through until the hack hit the news. Many hackers know things that IT security expert don't. Many IT security read and understand from technical standpoint but not from theoretical and trial-test hacking. Hackers use that to their advantage.

Not a particularly good article for a tech-community. Most of us here I'm sure are well aware that there isn't really a such thing as 100% security, especially on the internet.

Title should be called "Everybody online is at risk"

"When asked if he believes that Sony's Playstation Network has now become safe from hacking Evans flat out says, "No And it's not just Sony gamers that are at risk. It's anyone who has any online gaming console like Xbox or Wii. Nothing's 100 percent secure.
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When asked if he believes that Sony's Playstation Network has now become safe from hacking Evans flat out says, "No And it's not just Sony gamers that are at risk. It's anyone who has any online gaming console like Xbox or Wii. Nothing's 100 percent secure."

and from the link:
"big corporations get hacked every single day. Only 17 percent of companies whose computers were hacked report them to law enforcement due to fear of negative publicity. Ninety percent of Fortune 500 networks have been hacked."

He added, "When you're connected to your Wi-Fi and you're playing online games it's opening up hundreds of ports. Each one of those ports is like a door that a hacker can use to bypass your firewall and get into your computer."

Wow... another noob article.
Different port number =/= different services.
If a service is vulnerable then does not matter if it is accessed by a single port or thousand of different ports.

Magallanes said,
He added, "When you're connected to your Wi-Fi and you're playing online games it's opening up hundreds of ports. Each one of those ports is like a door that a hacker can use to bypass your firewall and get into your computer."

I'm okay then, my PS3 is connected to my router via Ethernet... None of those evil WiFi ports for me! /s

Magallanes said,
He added, "When you're connected to your Wi-Fi and you're playing online games it's opening up hundreds of ports. Each one of those ports is like a door that a hacker can use to bypass your firewall and get into your computer."

Wow... another noob article.
Different port number =/= different services.
If a service is vulnerable then does not matter if it is accessed by a single port or thousand of different ports.

He never said anything about port numbers and services.
"Even if Sony had never been hacked, when anybody goes online to do anything, play games, search the Internet… you're always taking a risk that somebody might get your information. When you're connected to your Wi-Fi....."