Rumour Control: Playstation Network Outage - Deliberate by Sony

To avoid credit card hacks

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Rumour Control: Playstation Network Outage - Deliberate by Sony
According to VentureBeat, "Sony shut down its Playstation Network after a new custom firmware version for the console let users download games and content with a fake credit card number, according to a moderator from Playstation fan-site PSX-Scene."

The actual quote from the moderator is taken out of context. It mentions the latest release of, "CFW (custom firmware) released known as Rebug ( It essentially turns a retail console into a dev console (not fully, but gives you a lot of the same options that usually dev's only have access to)..."

However, the poster then states:

"dit #3: Ok, it looks like some various news sites have picked up this story and taken it out of context. Once again, this is all speculation and information gathered from various devs in the PS3 scene. It might very well not be the real reason PSN is down, but as the timeline fits, it's a reasonable explanation.

"Now, as to Rebug directly allowing this to happen, that's not the case at all. Different CFW's have had access to the dev network the whole time. This is not new news for people in the PS3 scene. It's what people have figured out what to do with the said network that has caused all the recent issues. Saying that Rebug is what did this is like saying a gun manufacturer is responsible for every death that happens with a gun."

So, calm down on that "Credit Card Hack!!" mongering.

Via VentureBeat


Cfan 26 Apr 2011 10:07
Would of posted this in 'that other thread' but I would imagine MS are opening a bottle of champers everday the PSN is down.

config 26 Apr 2011 11:36
Hmm, lemme think. Oh yeah - every payment processing system I've come across has a blacklist for bad cards. If a special card were able to skip the payment, for testing purposes for example, then that would be a programming fubar on Sony's part and would take about 5 minutes to correct (i.e. remove the "if( cardNo==testCardNo )" block)
Mo 26 Apr 2011 20:18
If it's true, then it's another prime example of how these innocent "hackers" are responsible for ruining everyone else's fun, regardless of if it's not all of them.
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