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The Sony Hacks

I’m going to leave the crafts for a bit to comment on the recent attacks and hacks that have happened to Sony lately. There has been a lot of press coverage blaming Sony for what happened. I understand that people are upset, heck I’ve been part of the PlayStation Network since the ’90’s, but I don’t blame Sony. I blame the hackers (and their customers).

It was going to happen sooner or later and while I wish Sony had taken better precautions and been more forthright with what had happened the fact remains that this is not their fault. Yes, they could have handled it better and sure they could have had better security but are they really to blame?

Nothing is safe online. If your computer is connected to the internet then it is not “safe.” I don’t care what kind of virus scan, firewalls, or other measures you take your data is available to anyone willing to take the time and effort to get at it. Luckily for most of us we do not have much that’s worth that amount of time and effort. Sony’s database was worth the effort – but that’s only because there’s a market (which is another serious issue).

In short: a company can take hundreds of measures and spend lots of money trying to protect their data from hackers but it only takes one successful attack to null all of that effort. It’s a losing battle for the data-holder from the start, the best way to keep safe is to stay under the radar… or offline.