Charts handed out by Sony at one of its press conferences to explain the PSN state of play show how the company thinks its gaming network was hacked into, as well as giving a list showing the number of users from each region who’s data may have been compromised.
The image above shows how Sony thinks hackers managed to bypass their security in order to steal personal information from PSN accounts. Interestingly it appears the hack didn’t originate from a jailbroken PS3 as some had first thought, but a good ol’ PC instead. Also of interest is the mention of a vulnerability in Sony’s application server which, presumable, was exploited in order for the unknown hackers to gain access. Does Sony not patch their servers?
Another image to come out of the conferences shows a breakdown by region of the number of accounts compromised. While it doesn’t really tell us anything new, it’s still a scary visualization of the sheer number of accounts involved.
Spot your region?