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Sony Disputes May 31 Deadline for PSN Restoration Report

Written on May 10, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Sorry guys, but Sony doesn't seem to set May 31 as its deadline for PlayStation Network. You still have to sit, wait and wonder until it's all done.

Following the announcement that Sony will have its ‘phased restoration‘ for the PlayStation Network last week, it seems that nothing really happened. The past seven days just came and went, and the PSN services are still are down. So when will Sony bring back the PSN online? Only the company knows.

As of today, the company still doesn’t have an established timeline as to when its services will be online again. However, Sony spokesperson – Shigenori Yoshida – said that everything should be restored by the end of May. Bloomberg even added that the company has set May 31 as the deadline to restore all PSN services.

But Sony disputed Bloomberg’s statement, and pointed out that the May 31 deadline is inaccurate and does not exist. The company has yet to established any deadline for the restoration of PSN, so the people still have to wait until proper security measures are in place.

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Sony Online Services will be up by May 31

Written on May 09, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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More than 6 weeks of waiting and suffering till Sony's user subscriber can access again the PSN and Qriocity services.

Online services is still down and it will take additional 3 weeks long to be able to fully work as Sony announced. The company is in the process of adopting an improved security system and its plan to restart the services fully by May 31 is unchanged, he said. Sony shut down the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services April 20 because of possible data theft by hackers.

Sony aimed to re-launch some services (including Home, chat functionality and friends lists) during last week, but delayed its plans in order to finalize testing of what it claims is a reconstructed and more secure network. For the time being, Sony will likely focus on getting new PS3 firmware out to allow users to update their usernames and passwords, and restoring online gaming, which has been deactivated since April 20.

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Sony President Expresses Apologies for PSN Breach

Written on May 06, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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From Sony, with love.

Kazuo Hirai along with a string of Sony executives have already expressed their apologies last week, and now the Sony President – Howard Stringer – himself has released his letter of apologies through the PlayStation blog. Stringer expresses his sorries for the huge inconvenience the PSN (PlayStation Network) security breach has caused, and reaffirms that they’re using all of their resources in fixing the problem the soonest possible.

Howard Stringer’s statement reassures though that there have been “no confirmed evidence any credit card or personal information has been misused, and we continue to monitor the situation closely.” He didn’t clarify if the allegations that the breach was caused by outdated and un-firewalled system servers was true though.

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Sony: PSN Credit Card List Rumors Not True

Written on May 03, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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“To my knowledge, there is no truth to this report of a list, or that Sony was offered an opportunity to purchase the list.” --- Patrick Seybold, SCEA Spokesperson

In a recent PlayStation blog “network security” update, Sony Computer Entertainment America spokesperson – Patrick Seybold – reiterated what Sony Deputy President -Kazuo Hirai – has said in last weekend’s press conference: Sony PSN (PlayStation Network) subscribers’ credit card information have not been breached.

Seybold then again expressed his deep apologies “to the many users who were inconvenienced and worried abut [sic] this situation” at the blog post.

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Sony Starts “Phased Restoration” for PSN This Week, Offers “Welcome Back” Loot to Loyal Subrscribers

Written on May 02, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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PSN will be back online with some essential services up and running. Subscribers will finally get what they deserve for their loyalty.

PSN subscribers already heard the news before, and now Sony President – Kaz Hirai – has made it official in an executive sense. Sony will be restoring “some services” for the PlayStation Network starting this week in an operation they’d like to call “Phased Restoration.”

Along with the restoration, Sony will be offering a “Welcome Back” appreciation program, which provides with freebies ranging from 30 days free membership/service in the PlayStation Plus Premium to 30 days of free Music Unlimited services powered by Qriocity. Sony also shared that they will be giving away free downloadable content, which varies on what region the PSN subscriber is in.

See the services that Sony will be restoring within the week after the skip.

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Hackers Allegedly Has PSN Users’ Credit Card Data

Written on April 29, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Sony PSN apocalypse continues, as hackers claim possession of PSN users' credit card data.

Looks like Sony’s worst nightmare has finally come true. Well, at least in the realm of Rumorville. A group of hackers, who claims to be the ones behind the PSN (PlayStation Network) security breach, has recently announced that they now possess the credit card numbers of the service’s users.

According to their posts in an underground hackers forum, the hackers claim to have infiltrated into Sony’s main database. Meaning they have access to not only customer names, addresses, usernames, and passwords, but also access to 2.2 million credit card numbers.

So how screwed are the PSN users? Yeah, they’re pretty much screwed.

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PS3 Hacker GeoHotz Blames Sony Execs for PSN Breach

Written on April 29, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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"The fault lies with the (Sony) executives who declared a war on hackers" --- GeoHotz

If infamous PS3 Hacker GeoHotz were to call the shots, he’d blame the Sony executives for the recent PSN (PlayStation Network) security breach — and not the Sony engineers.

GeoHotz has also denied the accusations that he was behind the recent attacks on the service and even praised – at the same time condemned – the hackers for infiltrating personal informations, which he believed makes the “hacking community look bad.”

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Sony: PSN Running Again Within a Week, New PS3 SDKs Now Available to Devs

Written on April 28, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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PSN's going back into action within a week, but for only "some services." Devs urged to get new SDKs for new security features.

Sony has recently announced through their blog that “some services” of the PSN (PlayStation Network) will be go back online within a week. The company did not specify what these “some services” are, but at least people got something.

Sony also urged some developers to acquire and install the new SDKs on their PlayStation 3 dev kits. The new SDKs will include new security features in light of the recent attacks on the PSN service, which has sent Sony and all its denizens into a state of discord after learning that private information – such as billing addresses, usernames and passwords – have been compromised. Sony has assured though that credit card information was not breached, explaining that the database was encrypted and there have been no evidence that it has been hacked.

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Hulu Plus Arriving on Xbox 360, April 29

Written on April 27, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Hulu Plus for Xbox 360 might be Microsoft's move to capitalize on Sony's troublesome PSN crisis. But will it work?

We could speculate that this move is taking advantage of PSN’s (PlayStation Network) current crisis. But of course, that’s only a speculation. Either way, it looks like there’s no stopping Hulu from jumping into the Xbox 360, as a scan of OXM magazine reveals that Hulu Plus will be making its debut on the console this April 29.

According to the OXM magazine scan, the launch of Hulu Plus will be celebrated with a contest where prizes will be given away to random Hulu Plus users. The prizes include Beach Resort trips, free Xbox 360 bundles and Hulu Plus subscriptions. The contest will run from April 29 until May 30.

Microsoft has neither confirmed nor deny the report, but it would make sense if they’ll go all out with Xbox 360’s services now that PSN activities have been halted temporarily. But is this enough to bring Sony followers to the Xbox side? GADG’s guess is as good as yours, “No.” But we may be wrong.

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PSN Armageddon: Sony Admits Personal Informations Have Been Breached

Written on April 27, 2011 by Kristoff Jones

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Better start canceling your credit card or debit card on PSN, before hackers get a chance to retrieve them. Just like what they did with your personal information.

It may not be the end of the world yet, but in Sony’s own realm, it may very well be. The company has recently admitted that PSN (PlayStation Network) has been hacked like there was no tomorrow, and member’s personal information may have been compromised after days since the service has been offline.

You name it, the hackers may have gotten it. Even if Sony has elaborated that credit card data has not been compromised, still information ranging from a member’s name, billing addresses, and even PSN login names and passwords have been breached. And it looks like Sony’s shrinking into embarrassment with all the mess that’s going on.

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