Evidence Surfaces Suggesting Usage of Amazon Cloud During PSN Hack
In the wake of the joyous news that the PlayStation Network is back online after a more than a month-long outage, new details are surfacing about the hack itself. The latest comes courtesy of Bloomberg, who reported Saturday that the hackers who broke PSN may have used the Amazon cloud. According to an anonymous source, the hackers may have rented a server from Amazon’s EC2 service, from which they launched the gamer-killing attack on Sony. That account as now been shut down and an investigation is ongoing.
This is a tantalizing, but scant new development, as neither Amazon nor Sony are willing to offer a comment on record but if true, it almost certainly means increased scrutiny for Amazon’s cloud services at a moment when cloud-computing is gaining in popularity. Amazon’s cloud has previously been called out or vulnerabilities and while this hack didn’t exploit any such vulnerability, it’s easy for the two issues to become confused in the public mind, particularly so if interest in and outrage over the Sony hack turns into full-blown freak-out.
Meanwhile, this shouldn’t make PSN members afeared. The network has been back up since Saturday with services gradually spreading worldwide. As of this posting, only Japan continues to block restoration of the network pending further security checks.