This week, Top Tier Tactics introduces a new feature, Relay Rant. The premise is simple: one writer per week gets to whine about whatever he wants. Then you, the audience, tell us which writer you want to see write next week’s Relay Rant and what it should be about! Since Xiant formed the basis of this idea… he’s going first. ~WiNG
The Escapist mentioned that apparently the hackers who managed to get their hands on private PSN information are now trying to sell over two million credit cards numbers, including the security codes. Personally, I don’t remember which card I put on PSN, if I did at all. However, the reports are coming in of people seeing strange charges on their credit cards, numbering in the thousands of dollars. These may not be connected incidents, but if they are, things could get ugly real quick.
Now, I don’t know what your opinion of the situation is, and I know there are arguments defending both the hackers and Sony, but here are my two cents. First, I don’t mind that Hotz went and found out the root code to the PS3. It was his machine, he’s a hacker and they’re bound to do stuff like that. What I do take issue with is his releasing it to the whole motherfucking internet, which is filled with people who care nothing for their fellow man and for whom ruining a life is something to shrug about. Sony’s overreaction the affair did not help their cause either, and said internet was bound to go after them.
That said, I think the fallout following the recent PSN security breach is filled with overreactions from both sides, and I side with neither. The hacker defenders have their right to think Sony deserves one in the jewels, and maybe they do. The Sony defenders have a right to say that the hackers have gone too far. I couldn’t care for either opinion. What I do care about is the long term effects put into motion by GeoHot’s actions. I’m not talking about hacked PS3s with emulators or whatever. I’m not talking about Sony collapsing under its own weight. I’m talking about the people that Sony failed to protect and that the hackers are now going to run into the ground.
This issue now affects more than just the gaming market and the gamers that inhabit it. It affects their parents and families. It might affect the future of the children whose parents’ information was stolen. It might affect those whose livelihood depends on Sony. The damage could ripple outward quickly, starting with PSN and expanding from there. If things take a few more wrong turns, which they could, stories of thousands of people losing their jobs, reputations and maybe more are going to start popping up. I know that I for one do not want to find my checking account emptied or credit card maxed out because of this. I know I don’t want people around the world getting calls from credit help places and then get laughed at when they say that it’s the fault of the video game industry.
And I can’t help but wonder if this whole thing couldn’t have been avoided if GeoHot hadn’t released the keys to the PS3.
Would someone have done it instead of him? Probably. Was this whole scenario a time bomb waiting to explode? Perhaps. I’m just optimistic enough to think this isn’t the case. My optimism can’t change the facts, though, and I feel sorry for any and all who are adversely affected by the large-scale fraud that may occur. I worry about myself, certainly, but I don’t have much to lose, since I didn’t use my parent’s CC numbers. I have my own, and I’m a poor bastard. They can’t get much out of me that I care about losing. College is a debt machine, and I’m in the thick of it. But those parents who’ve worked for years building good credit, and whose limits are miles beyond my own, are at risk, and so are their children.
Pass judgment and pass the baton
What do you think about this week’s Relay Rant?
Who should get next week’s article, and what do you want to hear him rant about?
I’m not whining! My ideas are important. *sadness and tears* ~Xiant