is reporting on a rumour that the PSN was shutdown to prevent people with custom firmwares from downloading free PSN games. I find this baffling on a couple of levels:
1. That certainly is a problem but why would it be necessary to shut down the entire PSN? How about just the PSN Store?
2. What kind god's name is wrong with Sony's security model such that this is even an issue?! E-commerce has been alive and well for 20+ years with totally untrusted clients (i.e., any PC ever). You should never
under any circumstances trust the client to that degree. Even if the PS3 itself was never hacked there would still be the possibility of man-in-the-middle style attacks. My jaw hit the floor when I realized that somebody would even have a security hole like that in this day and age. No wonder Sony freaked out so much over PS3 hacking. Their system is a mess and they know it.