The Sony PlayStation Network outage is turning out to have more twists and turns than Heavy Rain, and now it appears that some of Amazon.com's hardware may have been involved in the attack. Apparently hackers rented a server through the Amazon EC2 service that "provides you with complete control of your computing resources and lets you run on Amazon’s proven computing environment," and then launched the intrusion from those servers.
To be clear, hackers did not gain illegal access to the Amazon service, which also rents server space to companies like Netflix. Instead, they used bogus information to create an account on the service, and then used that server space to launch the network intrusion. It's like renting a house under a fake name next door to a bank, so you can tunnel in. Sources say this most likely means that the FBI will subpoena Amazon to continue the investigation of the PSN attack.
Speaking to Fast Company a few days ago, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said:
“Data security is one of these great dynamic situations where the bad guys get better, and the good guys have to keep getting better too -- it’s not a static situation. I don’t think this is ever going away -- it’s like trying to say that you’re going to get crime to go away.”
Let us hope that isn't the case, because it sure would be nice if the PSN came back up sometime soon. All of those Portal 2 co-op levels aren't going to play themselves.