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JOYSTICK: Sony digging out of PSN security breach

Published 5:00pm Saturday, May 21, 2011

It seems Sony has finally made good on its promises, albeit a little too late for comfort.

The Playstation Network is back online, and the Playstation Store is set to come back soon. Sony apologized for the security breach that closed down online services for 77 million PS3 users on April 20, and there are gifts aplenty for gamers disappointed by Sony’s security and concerned for their personal information.

The real disappointment is the reminder that, in this digital age where the Internet is as vast and treacherous as the mythical Wild West, people still don’t realize there’s no safety for our identities anymore.

Sony’s breach is a stern reminder that no computer system is invulnerable to hacking.

For years, security experts told everyone there’s no possible way to keep hackers out of databases which house our personal information, which house our money, which house how we identify ourselves.

Sony’s PR nightmare needs to become a wake-up call for people and a chance for companies and banks to reform their database practices.

We all need to accept we can’t keep our lives private anymore. I can find where I went to high school, where I went to middle school, where I used to live and other details by searching for my name.

This comes from databases that list other people I’ve come into contact with, sharing their private data too.

That’s why businesses, banks and insurance companies have become so lenient when we report identity fraud. Yet it’s not enough for companies like Sony to offer protection plans, or for Facebook to apologize when hundreds of thousands of its users’ info gets exposed to any and every advertiser for years on end (which was revealed two weeks ago).

More preteens and elementary-age kids are on the Internet making a digital footprint, and stories like a 5-year-old being approved for a platinum credit card (also revealed several weeks ago) are becoming common at an alarming pace.

There’s no easy solutions to keeping information private, but at the very least people need to keep pressuring companies to keep these hacks and leaks in mind whenever they store data.

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