Homeland Security looking into PSN outage

Domestic agency's Computer Emergency Readiness Team lending advice, hoping to glean lessons to prevent future attacks on government agencies; FBI on the case.

Law enforcement agencies are already looking into the PlayStation Network outage and data breach. Now the Department of Homeland Security is joining the investigation, according to a report on NextGov, a site dedicated to covering the intersection of technology and government.

Homeland Security considers the Sony outage a serious matter.

"The Department of Homeland Security is aware of the recent cyber intrusion to Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity music service," DHS spokesman Chris Ortman told the site. "DHS' US Computer Emergency Readiness Team [CERT] is working with law enforcement, international partners, and Sony to assess the situation."

CERT is a subagency dedicated to helping companies that are subject to cyberattacks evaluate their vulnerabilities and then recommending steps to remedy them. The goal is to take the lessons learned from the attacks and then offer them to other government agencies and private companies to promote overall cybersecurity.

"We're all in this together," said Patrick Burke, a senior vice president in the national security sector at SRA International, a DHS contractor. "We all need to understand that. There's an adversary that we're trying to defeat."

NextGov also reconfirmed that the FBI is helping Sony track down the hackers whose attack has kept the PSN down for a ninth day. "The FBI is aware of the reports concerning the alleged intrusion into the Sony online game server and we have been in contact with Sony concerning this matter," FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth said in a statement. "We are presently reviewing the available information in an effort to determine the facts and circumstances concerning this alleged criminal activity."

Anyone with additional knowledge of the PSN hack should call the FBI at (858) 565-1255 or file a report online via the Internet Crime Complaint Center.

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ultima913
ultima913

@emperiox All intelligence agencies worked together in hunting OBL. To think that some were excluded from the mission is obsurd.

ultima913
ultima913

@ProjectPat187 No, Im not mad, I haven't been signed on in a few days and I posed that comment sometime ago and quite frankly can't remember what I said. If you believe that Obama united the nation you are an idiot. Anyone that disagress with him is branded a rascist by the left. Wake up.

chrisopo
chrisopo

According to the playstation blog its not yet finished and is in the final testing stages so who knows today tomorrow next week next month next year who knows playstation network might return

I_am_the_moon
I_am_the_moon

@emperiox the rest of the world think it was a hoax because they wont show the pics not even from the hea cam from the team that went in,ok i can understand not showing the gore but why not the pic from the head mounted cameras they wear at the moment they spotted him in the room.

emperiox
emperiox

@ultima913 Here's a fact: Homeland Security had NO (ZIP, ZERO, ZILCH) hand in the SHOOTING of Osama bin Laden. Therefor, forgive my skepticism in thinking that they're actually going to catch a hacker, or group of them.

ProjectPat187
ProjectPat187

@ultima913 the fact that you said the president further divided this country than the last president did just further proved my point, you racists. you mad?

Skirikidik
Skirikidik

@ultima913 What a racist. (I'm mostly joking, and did read your post.)

Skirikidik
Skirikidik

@Pride_x I admitted that I didn't play it on a CONSISTENT basis, which is abit different than not at all. I've played it enough to know what it's about. And how do i clearly not have suffcient knowledge? I thought my posts were fairly clear, aside from the whole XBL/XBLA mix-up. And my opinion has been fair. I havn't once claimed that PSN is inherently better than XBL, but that both of them are basically on the same footing. I did claim that my preference was for PSN, which is my opinion. And, well, opinions arent fair. And, yes, it is possible to have a preference for one yet still think the two are basically the same. Anyway, I've realized this whole argument (if you want to call it that) is pointless. Because it is based firmly in opinion, theres really no resolving it. So, in order to stop this before it reaches tedium...I'm gonna throw in the wet paper napkin (hah?), so to speak. XBL is pwnsors and PSN is pwnless. Good day.

Pride_x
Pride_x

@Skirikidik There you go right there, you yourself admit that you don't play XBL so you wouldn't know the difference between the services. I'm not obligated to educate you, if you don't have sufficient knowledge on both systems [and you clearly do not] then you have no claim to a fair opinion. You cannot see the difference because you don't have enough insight, that's your problem. You're right, XBL isn't perfect but it's a good head and shoulders above PSN. You can say this can happen to MS all you want, but until it does that claim also holds little to no weight.

ProjectPat187
ProjectPat187

@ultima913 please keep that bs lie to yourself, only a dumb idiot with no brains might actually believe the crap you just posted, who do you think you are kidding, go back to the other side where you belong, hater

Skirikidik
Skirikidik

@Pride_x Your right that I don't play on XBL on a consistent basis, but I do have a friend that does. And I have played games with him enough to know that XBL isn't perfect. This most recent issue aside, PSN and XBL are remarkably the same. So I will cede to you somewhat by saying this recent issue is pretty big, but... This problem could happen to any system, provided the hacker is tenacious enough. Microsoft and XBL are not impervious to attack. I feel like I'm repeating myself, but I'll say it again anyway. How is the quality of service so much better on XBL? You'd think that I'd notice this "major difference in quality" playing games with my friends on the XBox. Because if it is major, it may as well be obvious.

megakick
megakick

there is a reason why you can't surf the net on xbox live, higher security. xbox 360 is better then a computer less talking its more direct. it is why you can do more with less hardware. look what you need to out-perform a xbox 360 and look what xbox 360 has to do what it does. go a head build a $299 pc that can out play a xbox 360.

Skirikidik
Skirikidik

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organbank
organbank

The real reason PSN went down was because the US Government was using it to track down Usama Bin Laden! All this is just an elaborate smoke screen.

Pride_x
Pride_x

@Skirikidik These things happen...to Sony...not to Microsoft. Anyone who regularly use both XBL and PSN could tell there is a major difference in quality of the services. You didn't make a abbreviation error, where does the A fit in XBL=Xbox Live? You probably got it confused with XBLA, The XBL Arcade. Which pretty much proves that you don't play XBL and have no idea what you are talking about. Also were not talking about a slight error or mistake, were talking about a huge problem that shut down Sony's service for what will be an entire month, nothing of this magnitude has ever happened to XBL. Next time, play both services, because right now your opinion holds about as much weight as a wet paper napkin.

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

This is better than today's movies. Can't wait to see the ending

ultima913
ultima913

@ProjectPat187 Obama recieved close to 50% of the white vote. Minorites playing the "race card" now is close to calling wolf. When a truly rasict event does occur and you point it out no one is going to care because you played this BS one too many times. People disagreeing with Obama does not mean rascim. Being opposed to Obamacare does not make me rascist, however, if I walked around on the streets calling him a N***** it would. There is a difference. While there is still racism in America you and most on the left playing the race card everytime someone disagrees with him is absurd. The "great uniter" has divided the country more than the last president and this is why. This much I predicted back in 08' when he ran and all this "healing the wounds of racism in America" crap was spewed. I knew everytime someone disagreed with him the race card would be played but how bad it has gotten I would have never imagined.....

icetone
icetone

take those MOTHAS down!

chrisopo
chrisopo

@ Kobrakai008 I think its only a matter of time before they are caught. The FBI wont stop till he's been caught.

MaP_Hagmen
MaP_Hagmen

@AluminumAndroid I think you miss the point i was making at your comment "Credit card fraud is rampant on XBL." where is your proof on this matter, you also say "In many ways XLB is more so negligent for turning a blind eye to it ." again where is your proof I never said your point of view was less valid, I ask you to prove it before making comment that are not true. Just because a couple of your friend have had issue does not mean it rampant or that microsoft turn a blind eye

Kobrakai008
Kobrakai008

I can't say I'm all that confident they'll find the hackers, but I sure hope they do. There's no right for them to do what they did, I don't care what Sony did to set them off... but the one thing Geohotz was right about was that Sony really should have upped their security. In any event, in a perfect world, Charlotte Gainsbourg would track down the hackers, go to each and every one of their basements, and crush their testicles with a bit of wood.

chrisopo
chrisopo

I bet the hacker(s) are crapping themselves everytime some1 knocks on the door. I hope sony sues the crap out of them.

DeathRaiderut2k
DeathRaiderut2k

At least the American government is taking steps to find out who did this, i hope they catch the person(s) and make an example out of them!

CallMeDuraSouka
CallMeDuraSouka

@ ProjectPat187 Word of advice, if you are going to make an ass of yourself, do it in the privacy of your own home. I live in Kansas, easily the most backward state in America, and what you wrote makes Kansas look like a new age progressive mecca. Please, go die in a hole

illage2
illage2

Hang about.... isn't the DHS a department of the CIA? If so the hackers are finished.

illage2
illage2

Honestly I think the hacker(s) objective was to expose the weakness in Sony's Security systems, and force them to upgrade them. It's happened before.

ultima913
ultima913

@Phazevariance Yeah I suspect the next gen of consoles will be more like thier PC counterparts as well. Makes you wonder what the difference will be in the future. Isn't it about time for more innovative ideas? I still remember Nintendo's Virtua Boy and the Sega Channel, both decades before thier time.

ultima913
ultima913

@miserable247365 Who are you arguing with? I'm asking out of curiosity, not to but my 2 cent in.

ultima913
ultima913

@druggernaut I commented on Usama because this idiot below me.

ultima913
ultima913

@emperiox Homeland security does catch terrorists. We just caught Bin Laden this weekend, or did u miss that?

emperiox
emperiox

Homeland Security can't even catch terrorists. What on earth makes anyone think that they're going to be able to catch a hacker (or group)

bluedarrk
bluedarrk

@dRuGGeRnaUt I have a staff of12 people 3 of them dedicated to fixing consoles. Yeah its pretty awesome to cash in on the high failure rate of the 360's. MS as well is making well more than I am fixing their own junky systems. I do thank the 360 lovers for paying me that much for their beloved system. Also MS because there the ones to initiate the $100 price tag to fix the console. In parts and labor only costs me about $20.

xpapaburgundyx
xpapaburgundyx

yesterday on the ign forums, i saw ps3 and 360 fanboys getting along. a single tear fell from my eye.

Cellman15
Cellman15

For everyone going wtf homeland security, this is part of its job http://www.dhs.gov/files/cybersecurity.shtm Using insight gleamed from the breach, other data systems can be better protected. The FBI's job is to find who did it, while DHS job is to protect against attacks, including the cyber kind.

shakensparco
shakensparco

Well considering millions of credit card numbers have most likely been stolen, that involves millions of Americans. So i could see why Homeland would be involved. Also, maybe they are trying to learn from the PSN intrusion and figure out how to avoid it.

hahamanin
hahamanin

i just watched Scrubs season 6 episode 7 & guess wht the janitor says....search for osama in pakistan lol

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

@bluedarrk So you are saying you worked 365 days a year, and fixed 5.47 a DAY. or you worked 5 days a week and fixed 7.69 a day. Wow those are crazy numbers. Thanks for letting us know you make 200,000dollars a year fixing rrod's. LOL very nice numbers indeed. Man, if you have been doing that since day one of the rrod, thats over a 1,000,000$ fixing rrods. WOW you're a millionaire? why didnt you say so? :p

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

Why is all this comment section talking about obama/osama? Isn't there another place all you can talk about that? or is a game website the only place you go? This article is about DHS helping Sony with the PSN problem. Not "who killed osama". To all the people saying obama didn't do it? If you believe he DIDN'T then you can't believe he is responsible for the bail out... i mean he just signed the papers right? GET OVER IT. You undying unacceptance of a black president is getting out of control now. If you don't like him fine, but don't ignore facts, you just look bad when you do that. @article: I think it's bad that taxpayers are now paying to help sony take care of ITS OWN PROBLEMS. At least the DHS will "gleam some insight" into these attacks.. would love to see how much this all costs the american people, for this AND the FBI involvement. Sony should have to reinburse the US government for everything they do outside of "learning".

jhpeter
jhpeter

The same homeland security that made a blind eye to a dozen of terror attempts? good luck !

King_Gamer19
King_Gamer19

Guess they got nothing better to do since Bin laden is dead

BLKCrystilMage
BLKCrystilMage

I still don't get this. The FBI is one thing, but having Homeland Security investigate computer hackers is like having the FDA work on foreign commerce policies.

Nekkronaut
Nekkronaut

Being a true patriot rocks, you get to post tl;dr on the internet and doesn't afraid of anything.

OldKye
OldKye

@miserable247365 look I'm all for arguing and in your def-fence i didn't read any of your posts(cause they are too long being posted too fast) but as i scroll down your posts take up half the page often back to back can you find a way to say it in fewer words plz?

OldKye
OldKye

@Hurvl not to worry I'm sure he started working on a new book the second he got wind of this :-p

miserable247365
miserable247365

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LeoLex_
LeoLex_

@miserable247365.........i forgive you....open your eyes