Sony may have prevented another attack on the PSN due to a heads up from CNET. G4TV.com and CNET posted an article last week detailing a possible third attack on Sony's servers overheard by a member of an IRC. Another member of the IRC later posted, "Apparently Sony saw that article because the last server that I could access is offline now...its probbaly (sic) being patched like the other servers. There goes our window."
Last week there were rumors of a third attack planned for the weekend. The attack would have involved hackers gaining access to Sony servers to access data. Once they retrieved the data the plan was to post names, addresses, credit card numbers or any other data recovered, online for the public to see.
On Saturday, Sony confirmed that on the same day CNET's article went up they removed data from 2,500 entrants from a Sony contest from 2001. Both names and partial addresses of participants were posted online. No one has taken responsibility for this attack and the only real suspect, Anonymous, has vehemently denied their involvement.
Do you think Sony found out about the attack and thwarted a third data breach? Could the 2,500 names from the content be the attack they had in mind?