Hacking is a "Reality of Life," Take-Two Exec Says

"At the end of the day, this is something that's here to stay."

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Following the massive data breach at PlayStation company Sony, an executive from Grand Theft Auto parent company Take-Two has spoken out to say hacking is a "reality of life," and that it's not going away. Speaking Tuesday at the BMO Capital Markets Technology and Digital Media Conference, president Karl Slatoff fielded a question about the recent Sony hack and how it might affect Take-Two's outlook.

"Obviously it's not something that anybody wants, for any of the partners," he said. "We certainly wouldn't want it for Sony or Microsoft or Steam or us for that matter. Or any of our competitors. Sadly, it's a reality of life. And I think it's a reality of connected networks."

"At the end of the day, this is something that's here to stay" -- Slatoff said about hacking

Slatoff went on to say that the hacking community is "very vibrant" and "very loud." Hacking is here to stay, and so platform holders such as Microsoft, Sony, and Valve bear the responsibility of mitigating damage, Slatoff said.

"At the end of the day, this is something that's here to stay," Slatoff said about hacking. "And I think it's just incumbent upon platform operators to be on top of these things as fast as they possibly can and do what they can to minimize the damage."

Also during his presentation today, Slatoff said consumers are becoming somewhat desensitized to hacking, in part because it's become such a common headline as more and more platforms and services become online-focused. He said consumers today understand that when they store their credit card information or other personal data in an online environment there is a chance it could be compromised at some point.

Despite the inherent security risk, people still flock to online-focused platforms and services because they offer compelling entertainment and functionality. Only if there was a hack of "biblical proportions" would consumers change their minds about how they interact with online networks, Slatoff said.

"It's obviously an area where people are--I don't want to say they're becoming more comfortable with the risk of what happens when someone hacks and gets hold of my information--but they're certainly becoming more exposed to it," he explained. "I think it would take an incredible groundswell of something of biblical proportions that would happen to thwart the consumer's enthusiasm to participate in these networks and to transact online. So I see these things as speedbumps; I don't see them as brick walls."

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abcDEF-1353

want to see gtav on pc as beautiful as possible

take two pc gamers waited sooo long


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Yep, being a criminal is a way of life these days for some. Its the times we live in.

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ztron370

I know Take-Two is trying to prevent pirating but there way's are hurting people (like my self) Who there game's from Steam legally and who don't know how to hack or pirate from enjoying there game's like GTAV on the PC.

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Xirtahm

Man, the comments in here are hilarious. People are actually mad at them for making such a statement. Are you serious? They're simply accepting the fact that no matter how aggressively they try to stop hacking in games, folks will still try and find new methods. That's how the cycle has always worked.


What, do you want Take Two to rip their shirts off, don their capes, and fly off into the air to combat all the evil hackers on the planet, putting a stop to hacking once and for all? Grow the hell up.

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SaturatedButter

There's not enough hacking in video games.

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G_Vakarian

If you assume the risk accept the consequences. You want to keep your money safe all you need is a wallet and a gun, neither of which can be hacked.

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Kyelo

<< LINK REMOVED >> lol no need for the gun, just be sensible.

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G_Vakarian

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Ok, next time you get robbed just ask nicely for it back then.

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Kyelo

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> a b*tch slap would suffice and if they have a weapon is my wallet and it's contents really worth my life? Think not.

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<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> I'm not sure, I would have to get to know you first before giving an answer to this question. :)

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Kyelo

Everything I purchase online is done so using a basic bank account, it only receives money from my main account when I need to use it. Hack away f*ckers, you'll get nothing from me.

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NoSoul81

Just think if Watch Dogs didn't invent hacking it wouldn't exist.

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adroge1

<< LINK REMOVED >> It's worse than that. Watch Dogs is THE manual on how to hack. Anyone that plays that game can now basically hack into anything. So scary...

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Xirtahm

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> Damn straight! Glenn Beck said so! :O

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istuffedsunny

Given what's been happening to Sony in recent years you'd have to be crazy to give them any of your personal info. I'll stick to offline gaming

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Barighm

<< LINK REMOVED >> Or use a prepaid credit card.

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Aegis_Kleais

People consume technology with wild abandonment; with no regards to security implications that arise from doing so. That being said, I'll never see the logic in someone taking down a service to "stick it to a company", when in reality, all you've done is disrupt innocent individuals whom you don't mean to target from enjoying a product they've paid money for.

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Evil_Sidekick

> "Hacking is a "Reality of Life"


What a stupid thing to say. Hacking exist because human beings are morons and all they know how to do is destroy....and that's a Reality of Life"

This is why we can't have nice things...

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Thanatos2k

<< LINK REMOVED >> It's no different than saying crime is a reality of life, and both are true.

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Kyelo

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> pretty much, all the authorities can do is try reduce it and the impact it has.

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G_Vakarian

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Bad day?

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Thanatos2k

Consumers would only change their minds if they were personally impacted. Saying "your credit card number may have been at risk" and finding out someone charged $2000 onto your credit card are completely different things.

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MJ12-Conspiracy

Hacking may be the way things are but it should never be accepted.....

if a man walks into your home and guns everyone down it isn't accepted......there's going to be a manhunt. standoff and/or reckoning with the shooter....

if a man blows up a building with people in it that is not accepted, the bomber will be found and justice will prevail....

if a man goes on a killing spree the authorities have ways to deal with it.....

hacking is a crime yet our laws are still so backwards we have no laws to combat such criminal activity, the FBI can track PC's to their point of origin and arrest perpetrators for sending a threat to the President yet we can't track down a couple kids who bring down massive networks???? someone isn't properly motivated I say and people are being conditioned to be complacent.....ooh just roll over and accept our crappy life let criminals walk all over us....F that, raise your voice, demand justice.....

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Thing is, not all hacks are done by "a couple of kids;" just look at the recent Sony hack, which looks like it came from North Korea. Not much the FBI can do about that...

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T-ESI

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> North Korea can barely feed itself. they have a bone to pick with sony entertainment over that movie thats about to be released. And they simply jumped at the chance to pour some salt in the wound. But the hack was likely done by maybe ex disgruntled employees. Its usually employee access that is stolen and used to hack

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MJ12-Conspiracy

<< LINK REMOVED >><< LINK REMOVED >> All I'm saying is it's a crime and crime needs to be punished no matter how life threatening it is, no matter how benign it seems, it's still an intrusion and theft, unlawful obstruction or whatever else you wanna say, crimes have punishments and it seems to me nobody is doing anything about it...

attacks that come from outside the country you can't do a lot about and I know there's a lot of attacks every hour of every day, still something needs to be figured out to prevent this crap....there's smart people all over the world....figure it out FFS.....that's all i mean....

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Crujoness

<< LINK REMOVED >> Killing multiple people is considerably worse than hacking. Yes, there can be some crazy hacking scheme that creates a ripple effect and ends up with the same result, but let's not try to connect loose dots.

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Thanatos2k

<< LINK REMOVED >> Hacking is so frequent and prevalent the police would never get anything done if they chased down every single incidence to your satisfaction.

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MJ12-Conspiracy

<< LINK REMOVED >> Even a little effort would be acceptable, and public disclosure after the conviction, this is the hacker that "insert crime here" he got 25 years in federal prison.....

then we'd at least know something's being done that people are on it....

I hate how the FBI comes in and says ooh these guys are terrorists then leaves, it's like pulling a fire alarm in a theater and walking away....

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