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Sony Wins 'Epic Fail' Honors At Pwnie Awards 48

hypnosec writes "Hackers' favorite recent target, Sony, has won an award at the Black Hat conference held in Las Vegas this week. However, much to the embarrassment of the company, the award it nailed was in the category of 'Epic Fail' of the year. The Pwnie awards, which are like Oscar equivalents in the hacker community, gave this 'honor' to Sony following the series of cyberattacks it was subjected to a few months back, which saw the company's PlayStation and PC gaming networks go down, as well as many other services suffering heavily."
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Sony Wins 'Epic Fail' Honors At Pwnie Awards

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  • ugh sony (Score:5, Informative)

    by nege ( 263655 ) on Friday August 05, 2011 @03:28PM (#36999768) Journal

    And you STILL can't reset your PSN password OR register a new account. Maybe they will get this award next year too, at the rate they are restoring services.

    What a pile of fail.

    • Except you can do both. I have reset my password multiple times.

      • Not all regions, I haven't been able to change my email address OR password on my PSN account. Considering I want to close down the email address, and would like to change the password (as I like to change all my passwords peridocically) I am still not happy with Sony.
  • Sony says: (Score:5, Funny)

    by Sponge Bath ( 413667 ) on Friday August 05, 2011 @03:36PM (#36999856)
    Buy our award winning products!
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      Something tells me there aren't too many Sony executives who know or care about the Pwnies. Methinks the submitter is a bit overenthusiastic in suggesting the company is embarrassed about the award itself.
      • by jdpars ( 1480913 )
        Sony apologized publicly. For a Japanese company, that's pretty serious. I know we here take an apology to mean crap, but that wasn't some PR spin. That was legit guilt.
        • Re:Sony says: (Score:4, Insightful)

          by PRMan ( 959735 ) on Friday August 05, 2011 @04:19PM (#37000306)

          For a Japanese company, that's pretty serious.

          They used to fall on their swords, so I'm going to have to disagree with you...

          • It was actually much more involved than just falling on one's own sword. See Seppuku [wikipedia.org] for more details. It was really quite gruesome. It would even be appropriate for Sony to do this given the context for performing Seppuku.
          • They used to fall on their swords, so I'm going to have to disagree with you...

            Falling on one's sword was an ancient Roman tradition. In recent centuries, the Japanese expected rather more [wikipedia.org] of a failed leader.

        • Sony apologized publicly. For a Japanese company, that's pretty serious. I know we here take an apology to mean crap, but that wasn't some PR spin. That was legit guilt.

          So how many fingers did they cut off as yubitsume [wikipedia.org]?

          Not even one? Well, that's not much of an apology, then. Executives, even a gaijin [wikipedia.org] like Stringer [wikipedia.org], should behave in a more culturally appropriate fashion.

      • Sony and their award was actually on the television news around here. while they may not care at all about the aware, they most certainly care about the added publicity.
  • OMG (Score:3, Funny)

    by Anne_Nonymous ( 313852 ) on Friday August 05, 2011 @03:37PM (#36999868) Homepage Journal


  • Was Sony present to accept the award from the Bronies?

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Just yesterday I tried adding a credit card to PSN so I could purchase some DLC. None of my 3 cards worked even after verifying multiple times the billing information was correct. After my last attempt I was informed by PSN that I'm locked out from trying for "Multiple Days".

    All the accounts I tried were riddled with their $1 charges, so all the cards worked but their system couldn't recognize/realize it was working.

    Garbage system/development, they deserve every bit of their Epic Fail award.

  • "It's an honor just to be nominated!"
  • Pwnie for Most Epic FAIL
    Sometimes giving 110% just makes your FAIL that much more epic. And what use would the Internet be if it wasn't there to document this FAIL for all time?

    This award is to honor a person or company's spectacularly epic FAIL. And the winner is:


    After Fail0verflow and GeoHot published how to jailbreak the PS3, Sony got a bit miffed. Apparently unfamiliar with how the Internet works and how difficult it is to remove the piss from a swimming pool, Sony proceeded to try erase the information from the Internet and sue GeoHot et al. into oblivion. Needless to say, this was about as successful as the MiniDisc.


    Speaking of piss in a swimming pool, that just happened to be how well Sony protected their Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) users' account info and roughly 25 to 77 million account details were stolen by unknown hackers. That metaphor makes just about no sense at all, but you get the point: FAIL.


    Sony is definitely good at one thing: keeping the hits coming and their fans entertained. Oh wait, did we say Sony? We meant LulzSec. I guess that counts as another FAIL for Sony.


    After learning the hard way that their PlayStation Network was about as porous as air, Sony had to shut it down for over two months to rebuild it from scratch. In doing so, they made everyone from your 8-year old cousin to your barber learn about the importance of security. Hooray for us, sorry Sony shareholders.


    Noticing a pattern here? But wait, it gets better. Sony might have been able to better repel the multitude of attacks if they hadn't just recently laid off a significant number of their network security team. Great timing, guys.

    • by dgatwood ( 11270 )

      Sony might have been able to better repel the multitude of attacks if they hadn't just recently laid off a significant number of their network security team. Great timing, guys.

      I'm waiting for the next story, which reads "Former Sony network security admins charged with breaking into PSN." While most think of such timing as unfortunate, security-conscious folks tend to instead think of it as suspicious.

    • They should also add...

      After trying to win/woo (existing) customers back by giving 2 free PS3 games + 2 free PSP games, they "expired" the game offers after about 1 month. Why the fuck weren't these available until the end of time ??

      • by Machtyn ( 759119 )
        I'm wondering how Sony stays in business. Then I remember all the seriously overpriced hardware they sell. Still, Sony should receive a Lifetime Award in Epic Fail: Betamax, rootkit in music CDs, and others. (Can't take away the great good they've done, though: Walkman, CDs, Playstation, etc.)
        • > I'm wondering how Sony stays in business.

          Basically, they hare a hardware R&D company.

          When I worked for them I was curious how long the company had been around and how they got their start. Wikipedia is actually half decent in this ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony [wikipedia.org]:

          Over the years, Sony has introduced these standards:

          Umatic (~1968)
          Betamax (1975)
          Betacam (1981)
          Compact Disc with Phili

    • I think Aaron Barr deserved a nomination, Sony deserved one winning nominaiton for everything mentioned above and possibly a Lifetime Achievement award down the track.
  • If you need to be that horrible to get this award, then it must be very prestigious indeed. I mean, there was that Citi Bank disaster [slashdot.org], for example, it's nothing in comparison to Sony but as horrible as it was it's nothing in light of Sony. Think of the honor the CEO is having bestowed upon him. Heck, this was possibly worse than the ping of death [wikipedia.org]. What do you compare it to?
  • Of all the major corporations out there, do any of them really deserve the stone thrown at them first? I mean, at any given point in their existence, most of them have epically (sp?) failed. Apple, MS, Oracle and Google to name a few others. All of them have done something so bad as to have the whole slashdot community a-buzz about their antics. I see this as a very bad thing, yes. But I can't honestly point at any of the other big guys and say they couldn't have done the same easily, if they haven't
    • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

      If you RTFA (/., I know), it's just that in the span of a few months, Sony could fail multiple times in such a spectacular fashion.

      All those big guys? Yeah, they had their fails, but not a string of repeated ones - PS3 completely broken - complete with master keys, PSN customer details leaked, SOE customer details leaked, the various fun things Lulzsec did, plus PSN got so horribly hacked they had to shut it down for 2 months. And finally, they laid off their security guys.

      Nevermind the unmentioned fail of

  • The Pwnie awards, which are like Tony [wikipedia.org] equivalents in the hacker community.


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