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Submission + - Sony: PSN User Data Not Encrypted

RedEaredSlider writes: Sony says users' credit card data stored on the PlayStation Network was encrypted, and probably safe from the hackers who attacked it last week and may have made off with the personal information of 77 million people.

In a post on the PlayStation Europe blog, Sony said the credit card information is in a separate database from the user information — names, emails, physical addresses and the like. The credit card data is encrypted, while the user information is not.

"The personal data table, which is a separate data set [from the credit card information], was not encrypted, but was, of course, behind a very sophisticated security system that was breached in a malicious attack," Sony said.

Encrypted or not, however, Sony says it is not able to rule out the possibility that the credit card information of its users was stolen. That's because the basic user information may be all a hacker would need, considering password and login will get an intruder access to a user's account details, including credit card payment information. Users, however, won't be able to change that information now that the PlayStation Network has been taken offline.

Comment Re:How do we make sure? (Score 2, Insightful) 206

Continue supporting open source solutions. As long as Unix/Linux OSes remain the dominant systems and Apache the dominant server then proprietary solutions will never win. The attempt of proprietary vendors to win is exactly what drives the community to fork and maintain open source. In the same way that BSD gave birth to FreeBSD, Open Office gave birth to Libre Office. I suspect Oracle will eventually force MySQL to fork in order to remain open but it has the momentum now to remain the dominant web DB. Freedom will prevail and that is what will make sure no one entity controls the web.

Comment Re:What we do/don't need in Calculus. (Score 1) 1153

I would theorize that the higher a percentage of a society is that is exposed to higher maths the better off that society as a whole is in the long run.

I got the impression from the article that someone like a plumber really doesn't need higher maths for everyday life but in reality everyday life for him/her is plumbing. The better plumbers are going to be so because of their better understanding of plumbing because of the related math. Understanding angles, line sizes and flow capacity, system volume and pressure, etc. are a part of everyday life for them.

The same is true for mechanics, electricians, machinists, carpenters, etc., the many average people working blue collar careers. Their everyday life is what they do for a living and the better they are at the applicable maths they better they are at their trade. How many of them knew what their career path would turn out to be in their early years of school? How many could have followed their eventual career path as successfully without an early maths foundation to build on?

I can't really seem to think of many careers where an understanding of higher maths would not be a benefit. That said, it would seem the more mathematically educated our workforce is as a whole the better off our society is for all of us.

The more cordial the buyer's secretary, the greater the odds that the competition already has the order.