[citation][nom]jtt283[/nom]To ask Sony to prevent it from happening again is for the [Japanese] government to abdicate its responsibility to deter, prevent, and/or punish CRIME. Only when the perpetrators (no matter who or where they are) of this sort of cracking can be certain they WILL be caught, they WILL be found guilty, and they WILL be put down, is there any hope of this sort of game-playing coming to an end; i.e. I'm not holding my breath.[/citation]
People like you have no clue how cybercrime works. This isn't just as simple as tracing an IP address. These people use complicated proxies and botnets to cover their tracks and pass the blame onto others whenever possible. Even when they find the real source, there's no guarantee that IP isn't an innocent person who's network was being leeched. Even if they managed to take out one hacker, that's really like claiming the war on terror or drugs is over because you captured one terrorist or drug dealer. There's plenty more out there to take their place, and the rest will likely seek revenge.
Seriously, you blame Japan for wanting their people to be protected, to want answers? At least that country doesn't roll over for any corporation's whims. Sony SHOULD have to explain themselves, their networks were not secured. Hacking happens, but Sony wasn't ready for it to happen. I know this because they had to "improve" security, they had to make NEW positions for security analysts. They should have had that improved security to begin with, that security staff should have been there to begin with, they were responsible for millions of people's personal and banking info. This doesn't even cover the possibility of Sony saving CVV numbers which no professional business would ever do.
Sony has always shown arrogance towards their customers. They strip away advertised features because of their own security flaws, they release flawed hardware in their new systems and shrug it off as if it was expected, many of their other products are overpriced rebrands of cheaper products. They rely completely on their brand name to take advantage of uninformed customers, so it would be no surprise if they chose not to protect your info and gave you a few shiny trinkets to cover up for the potential fraud you'll deal with for life. They assume you'll buy their products anyway, because it's a SONY product.
These numbers haven't been used yet because the criminals are waiting for the heat on them to die off. The easiest way to catch them will be tracing the credit cards, not the IP address. But with so many people more concerned about playing PSN rather than the potential fraud, I've really got to wonder how many have changed their card info, how many of them realize the damage credit card fraud can do to their credit for life? How many of them are teenagers using their parent's credit card, and they didn't bother to mention this incident? They won't even know why fraudulent charges are popping up in a year, so it's possible no one will ever be connected with the PSN incident.