Sony considers reward in effort to catch PSN hackers

Monday, 9th May 2011 06:42 GMT By Jessica Citizen

Sources close to Sony say the high-tech company is considering resorting to low-tech tactics, offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the PSNgate hackers.


Up to 100 million accounts have been compromised in the attacks which affected the PlayStation Network and Qriocity servers, with Sony sheepishly admitting it has no idea when the networks will be brought back online.

Allegedly, the company has been discussing the concept of a reward for a while, but has not yet reached a final decision on the matter. At this stage, the company is weighing up the pros and cons, before the issue is taken up with the senior Sony executives in Tokyo.

It may or may not ever eventuate – but the fact that the hardware giant is considering offering money emphasises how seriously it is taking the issue. No numbers have been mentioned yet, but we’re guessing it wouldn’t be pocket change.

CNET reports that any reward offered would be “in cooperation” with the appropriate world-wide law enforcement agencies, including the FBI. Apparently Sony is already in discussion with these agencies to try to “jar loose” any information on the identity of the attackers.



  1. NightCrawler1970
    Whats the bounty???

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Redh3lix

    I would personally contribute given the chance.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. neon6

    Yeah same here #2. This is a really good idea, in the event of the FBI and Homeland Security failing (which they probably won’t) this will be a good way of getting regular people to help in the search effort. They won’t get away this. Also:
    Isn’t that like the largest concentration of Xbros who are mad at Sony? I assume TheWulf originated from there considering the majority of them thank Geohot for publishing the rootkey getting Sony to remove other OS (even though it’s common knowledge only a small minority wanted it, it was mostly used for pirating, and along with none of this would have happened if he wasn’t such an attention whore) giving the rootkey to the hackers and for believing Sony is a evil, dirty company who hates everyone/everything. If you don’t believe me, spend some time in some of their older articles and you’ll see what I mean. Sorry for ranting, had to get that off my chest.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. MegaGeek1

    honestly…….if the PSN or anything related gets hacked again…………@#$@%$#

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Lloytron

    Great, I know exactly who is responsible for this.

    It’s Sony’s CTO, head of IT, their Chief Of Security and those responsbile for the day to day management of Sony’s security policies.

    You have all their names as you have recently fired these people. (Haven’t you? If not, you should…)

    Send me a message on here for details on where to send the reward, cheers.

    #5 4 years ago
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    #6 4 years ago
  7. TheWulf

    The truth of the matter is likely one youthful and bored hacker who was annoyed at Sony over the GeoHot matter rather than ‘hackers’. I really can’t imagine this being the work of more than one person, it rarely ever is. I’m at the point now where I’m wishing that Sony would just stop humiliating themselves by pursuing this.

    Mr. 5 has the right of it. It was corporate incompetence that allowed this to happen, and whilst this embarrassing showboating might win over a few fans whom haven’t the first idea as to how a computer works, to everyone else it just looks like an old guy trying to be ‘kewl’ to the young crowd. It’s a gigantic facepalm for everyone involved.

    This whole clusterfuck was your own fault, Sony. Time to stop the nonsense before you justify even worse being brought down upon you.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. TheWulf


    What do you base that assumption on? From everything I’ve posted I’m actually a Sony fan, a rights activist, and primarily a PC gamer. Pull your head out of your arse for the moment and bask in the warmth of the sun, which might enlighten you.

    I was a Sony fan up until they decided to pull a very douche-ish manoeuvre and pull Other OS from the PS3 because it was too costly to maintain. Then the PS3 got jailbroken, and hey, that’s great! That means we can now do more fun things with the PS3, except no, Sony wasn’t having that, instead of seeing this as something positive that they could’ve worked with, and possibly even have worked with the people responsible to allow homebrew whilst tightening their own security, they flipped a shit.

    The next thing that happened is that they annoyed a bunch of hacker kids. Is that surprising? No, not really. Sony had shot themselves in the foot and they were now about to sock themselves in the mouth. You see, their security was piss-poor. They never bothered to test it, to update it, to do anything with it. They assumed in their foolishness that it would be enough. This is as opposed to Valve who tend to go over their own security and upgrade it frequently.

    They had their pants down, they were begging for a breach because they made it so incredibly easy. Therefore it was an open door for the bored hacker kid who got in. And now Sony are trying to point the finger of blame everywhere except where it belongs. I used to like Sony, but after this I can’t respect them. They’ve become a bit of a joke.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Redh3lix

    @8 While removal of OtherOS may have been annoying to hackers, it amounted to a miniscule userbase that used the feature, and you say yourself it was “costly to maintain”, so it makes perfect business sense to remove the feature.

    I suspect ANY big corporation can have their online security breached (and certainly have in the past), but you berating Sony for what I, and many other people see as a reasonable course of action to defend their own IP and that of other developers/publishers is quite simply, idiotic.

    If you were any sort of PC gamer as I, you would know first hand the result of piracy in the PC gaming industry.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. minxamo

    Offering rewards, well that’s reassuring…

    #10 4 years ago
  11. The_Red

    Sony is in a really bad position right now. They have every right to try and catch the hackers responsible but by doing so (And such rewards), they may end up pissing more loose hackers, specially IF they do catch someone because of this reward.
    And if they don’t do anything to persecute the hackers, they’ll seem weak and harmless and end up being attacked even more.

    So, in conclusion: Damned if you do, Damned if you don’t.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Kerplunk

    @8 “They had their pants down, they were begging for a breach because they made it so incredibly easy..

    “Bitch had it coming” right?

    Another day, another deluded and broken argument. Just like all of the other deluded and broken arguments you’ve made on this issue. You’re becoming a parody of yourself.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. StolenGlory


    Agree with the overarching idea that Sony are not entirely at fault here and also; Holy shit Jodie Foster looks foxy in that picture.

    Just sayin’.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. monkeyman

    @ 8 = BELLEND!

    #14 4 years ago
  15. jnms

    It’s funny how people attach emotional feelings to a corporation.

    Corporations aren’t people, regardless of what the law says.

    And Sony is just the first – we are heading into a period where this stuff is going to happen everyday. Problem is there will be a massive backlash against the public as laws are made to clamp down on all sorts of freedoms. It will be the next ‘war on terror’.

    #15 4 years ago
  16. OrbitMonkey


    Emotions ARE funny!!

    #16 4 years ago
  17. NeoSquall

    Dear Sony,

    Please send me:

    - 5.000.000,00 euros for equipment and various necessities;
    - 10.000.000,00 euros as life insurance for myself and signed to my family;
    - 3.000.000,00 euros for travelling tickets and transportations;
    - Plus informations on the hackers whereabouts;

    And I’ll get you the heads of the hackers, each on a silver plate, for the modest price of 100.000,00 euros/head.

    The Uppersigned.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. KingCancer

    snitches get stitches lol shiiiiiit id rat them out in a heart beat, i need a new tv. shame i know nothing.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. NightCrawler1970

    @17, getting a Bounty hunter License(depend which state) —> priceless…

    #19 4 years ago

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