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Sony PSN: Fully Restored by Weekend

Written on May 31, 2011 by Adam Eve

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After 43 days, Sony will be bringing back the PlayStation Network in its full functionality.

Sony confirmed that it will restore the PlayStation Network to full functionality this weekend for America, Europe, PAL territories and Asia. The Sony PSN and other associated services were taken offline following the security breach that occurred last month. Some services were resumed recently, but the company will re-enable the remaining functionality on weekend — including the PlayStation Store and the capability to redeem vouchers and game codes. Media-go and in-game purchase will also be back in the business.

However, these services won’t be restored to selected areas like Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea soon. Sony will offer welcome back gifts to all PlayStation Network and Qriocity members. The loot includes two free PS3 games and time usage of PlayStation Plus system.

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Get Your Free PSN ID Protection Now

Written on May 27, 2011 by Adam Eve

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A month after Sony suffered its first security breach on PSN and Qriocity, the company is now rolling out its ID Protection Program.

Not too long ago, Sony talked about its protection program for PSN and Qriocity users affected by the April 19 security breach. The company stated that it will cover the cost of Debix’s 12 month AllClear ID PLUS identity protection program for each PSN and Qriocity user in the United States. True to their word, Sony has started assigning user activation codes for the program.

However, PSN and Qriocity users are advised that redeeming their free one year coverage will end on June 28, 2011. No users are allowed to sign up after 11:59:59 (CST) on the said date.

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PSN’s Password Reset Vulnerability, Unveiled

Written on May 19, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Sony's password reset system for the restored PlayStation Network, which recently returned to full functionality, has been revealed to have further vulnerabilities of its own.

After last month’s security breach at Sony’s PlayStation Network, the whole system is now in full function again. However, further password reset vulnerabilities has been revealed.

That said, Sony was forced to shut down some websites to fix the problem — which could enable hackers to change a user password and gain access to their account. The vulnerability is based on the password reset system, which needs the PSN account’s email address and the user’s date of birth.

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PSN Downtime: Costs Millions of Dollars for Capcom

Written on May 11, 2011 by Adam Eve

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"The resulting outage is obviously costing us hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in revenue." --- Christian Svensson, Senior Vice President, Capcom

According to Street Fighter game developer, Capcom, the continued PlayStation Network downtime costs publishers and developers hundreds of thousands. Moreover, the current situation puts future projects at risk. Capcom’s senior vice president, Christian Svensson, revealed at the Capcom Unity forums that the PSN blackout is costing the company a large amount of money.

Sony cleared out yesterday that the PSN and its related services may not be fully restored until the end of May.

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After PSN, Sony’s Online Entertainment is also Under Attack

Written on May 10, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Sony encountered another security breach again, as its Online Entertainment services is under cyber attack.

Following the chaos created by a security breach in its PSN and Qriocity, Sony is once again under cyber attack with its Online Entertainment services.

Sony also added that the security breach may also affect older credit card data from their 2007 database. These data may include bank accounts, debit card and credit card expiration dates and numbers from certain subscribers from Spain, Netherlands, Austria and Germany.

The Sony Online Entertainment is now offline and they are seeking help from an outside security firm.

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LastPass Users Panic over Security Breach

Written on May 10, 2011 by Adam Eve

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Oh no! Password manager, LastPass, was under attack. Have you changed your master password yet?

Password manager, LastPass, urged its users to change their master passwords after spotting a possible security breach late last week. As posted on their blog, LastPass saw an unexplainable anomaly on its data logs, suspecting that it already accessed their database. However, their servers struggled with the deluge of password change requests. As a result, the company disabled the password changing service until its servers caught up.

LastPass also stated that the amount that could’ve been accessed was small, and that the server breach wouldn’t affect users with strong and non-dictionary based passwords or pass phrases. In addition to this, LastPass subscribers who access the service from the same IP address were unaffected.

Based on the latest update, the password changing service was up again, and that there’s no need to panic. LastPass has brought all accounts into lock down to permit previous login locations only. Otherwise, users can verify their password change via email.

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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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