Slideshow: Fair Game: 12 Months, 10 Eye-Popping Hacks Targeting Some Of the Globe’s Biggest Gaming Firms

VIEW SLIDESHOW Fair Game: 12 Months, 10 Eye-Popping Hacks Targeting Some Of the Globe’s Biggest Gaming FirmsThe past year has seen a sharp increase in attacks aimed at online gaming platforms and game makers. In fact, there was a point last summer, in the wake of Sony’s Playstation Network outage, when it seemed like no video game company was safe from hackers – whether they be ideologically motivated groups like Lulzsec or run-of-the-mill cyber crooks.

The New York Times is reporting that Spanish Law enforcement officials have arrested three individuals in connection with cyberattacks on Sony’s PlayStation Network as well as other corporations and governments around the world. The individuals are alleged to be leading members of the internet hacker collective Anonymous.

More than a month after suffering an “external intrusion” that shut down the PlayStation Network (PSN), Sony announced today that it will fully restore PSN services by the end of the week in most countries. However, PSN users in Sony’s native Japan will have to wait, as the Japanese government awaits proof that the company has fixed the security issues leading to the breach.

In the midst of an apparent civil war, the online hacking collective, Anonymous, has issued yet another public statement denying responsibility for a damaging hack of Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) and claiming that Sony is trying to shift blame for “internal problems” onto Anonymous.

Sony executives say that the people responsible for the attack that forced the company to shut down its PlayStation Network and other services and compromised data belonging to 77 million customers were “very professional, highly sophisticated” criminals who were able to infiltrate several of the company’s servers and remove an unknown amount of data.

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