Security expert testifies Sony servers went unpatched

Summary:Sony used outdated software on its PlayStation Network servers, according to the testimony of a security expert sitting before a congressional subcommittee.As reported by The Consumerist, Dr.

Sony used outdated software on its PlayStation Network servers, according to the testimony of a security expert sitting before a congressional subcommittee.

As reported by The Consumerist, Dr. Gene Spafford, computer science professor at Purdue University, testified that Sony used versions of the open source Apache Web server software that went "unpatched and had no firewall installed."

In recent weeks Sony's seen its PlayStation Network, Qriocity and Sony Online Entertainment services compromised, leading to the exposure of more than 100 million user accounts. Some credit card accounts have been taken along the way.

Sony declined to participate in the subcommittee hearing. Instead, Sony Computer Entertainment America chairman Kazuo Hirai sent a letter outlining the company's efforts and implicated someone associated with the the "hacktivist" collective known as Anonymous as the possible culprit.

Topics: Mobility, Apple, Hardware, Networking, Security

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