Last month — on April 19, to be exact — I discovered that one of my all-time favorite PlayStation games, Xenogears, had come to the PlayStation Store while I wasn’t looking. I was ecstatic and quickly rushed to my PlayStation Portable to download it. And then the PlayStation Network (PSN) — including the PlayStation Store — went down for nearly a month.
Sony’s PlayStation Network headaches aren’t over yet. Now an exploit has been unearthed that allows hackers to change your PSN password using information stolen from the original April PSN attack.
Sony is offering two free games and a host of other goodies to PlayStation Network (PSN) users to compensate for bringing its online gaming network and store down for nearly a month after hackers broke in and stole sensitive information.
Service for Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) is finally being restored in the US and across the globe after a long outage, but the company’s home country of Japan still hasn’t approved the restart of the service, according to a report by the Dow Jones Newswires.
Sony said it has restored service for the PlayStation Network across North America, although it has had a few hiccups because of a heavy load of users logging in for the first time since the network went down on April 20 due to a hacker attack.
After a 24-day outage, Sony has announced that it has begun restoring the PlayStation Network on a region by region basis.
Parts of Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) have finally come back online in certain areas around the world — including the U.S. and Europe — after hackers were able to break into the network, forcing the company to bring it offline for nearly a month.
Amazon.com’s cloud servers were used by hackers to attack Sony’s PlayStation Network online gaming service, according to Bloomberg.
Sony Online Entertainment, the PC online game branch of the Japanese company, offered its 24 million gamers a deal to entice them to come back to its service once it fixes its outage. The deal includes free game time.
Retailers are starting to report increased trade-ins of PlayStation 3 consoles for Microsoft’s Xbox 360s as gamers run out of patience with Sony’s online outage, according to game publication Edge.
Sony knows that the 100 million members of its PlayStation Network, Qriocity, and Sony Online Entertainment services aren’t making any online purchases now, as the networks are still down after more than three weeks following a hacker attack. And it knows that its game developers and publishers aren’t happy about that.
Sony said in its latest blog post that its restoration of service for the PlayStation Network and Qriocity network is still several days away.
There was some unfortunate wording in a Bloomberg news report on Sunday about Sony’s PlayStation Network, leading many publications to report that the network will be down until May 31. But that’s incorrect, according to Sony spokesman Patrick Seybold.
Video game fans aren’t the only ones waiting for Sony to say more about the PlayStation Network’s woes. Wall Street is getting a little anxious too.
Personal details of 2,500 Sony users were posted to a web site by hackers. Those people were among the Sony users whose identity was stolen by hackers. But Sony said the details have since been removed from the unnamed web site.
Sony’s restoration of its PlayStation Network online game service is taking longer than it thought. The company had hoped to have the system up this week, but that looks like it isn’t going to happen, according to a new blog post.
The hackers that cracked into Sony’s online gaming network, the Playstation Network (PSN), are plotting another attack against the gaming giant this weekend and plan to publicize information stolen from PSN users, said a reader who viewed the hackers’ online discussions.
Sony said in a blog post today that it will offer free enrollment in an identity theft protection program for all U.S. members of the PlayStation Network and Qriocity online services as compensation for the loss of their personal records.
Saying, “I know this has been a frustrating time for all of you,” Sony chief executive Howard Stringer apologized tonight for the outage and identity theft as a result of a hacker attack that brought down the PlayStation Network for more than two weeks.
Sony has entered the final stages of internal testing to bring its beleaguered online gaming network, the Playstation Network (PSN), back online after a massive hacker intrusion forced the company to bring it down.
When hackers cracked the Playstation network and stole sensitive information from more than 100 milli users, Sony on was running the network on older versions of the Apache Web server software, a security expert said in a testimony to Congress Wednesday.
Hacktivism group Anonymous, which routinely attacks major corporations and takes up political causes, said today it is not responsible for the theft of sensitive information and credit card data from Sony’s Playstation Network (PSN) online gaming network.
Sony sent a letter to Congress today that describes the details of the hacker attack on its PlayStation Network and The Station online gaming services.
File this one under “things not to do when dealing with massive network outages.” Sony has kicked the hornet’s nest today by blaming Anonymous, a massive network of hackers that regularly takes up activist causes, for indirectly causing a breach of security in its PlayStation Network (PSN) online gaming network that led to the attack that brought PSN down.
Sony told a subcommittee of the House of Representatives that it would comply with its request for answers about the outage of the PlayStation Network that resulted in the possible loss of user identity data and credit card numbers. But the Japanese company said it could not yet appear in front of the subcommittee to answer questions in person.
Sony executives have formally apologized to users who were affected by the hacker attack on the PlayStation Network, the online entertainment service that has been down for more than 10 days.
Sony executive Kaz Hirai said tonight that the number of exposed credit card numbers in the PlayStation Network hacker attack was about 10 million. But the Japanese company still does not know if those card numbers were actually stolen and if hackers are trying to use them in fraudulent purchases.
Sony executive Kaz Hirai apologized to gamers around the world today in a press event in the wake of the 10-day outage of the hacked PlayStation Network.
Sony’s second-in-command, Kazuo Hirai, will hold a press conference tomorrow in the first public address by a Sony executive since its Playstation Network (PSN) online gaming network crashed.
Gamers are slow to forgive. Many own a PlayStation 3 today because they were angry at Microsoft for letting them down when the Xbox 360 suffered from a huge number of breakdowns due to a manufacturing flaw that led to overheating.
A House of Representatives subcommittee asked Sony to provide information about the hacker attack that brought down the PlayStation Network and the Qriocity music and video service.
Microsoft has a golden opportunity to win over some Sony PlayStation 3 users in the wake of the disastrous PlayStation Network outage. We’re conducting our own poll to see if users are so mad that they’re thinking about switching from Sony to Microsoft’s Xbox Live online gaming service.
Sony said today that the malicious attack against the PlayStation Network did not result in the loss of customers’ game data.
Hackers are saying on underground internet chat rooms that they are in possession of the credit card numbers of Sony’s PlayStation Network customers, the New York Times said today.
One potential suspect behind Sony’s massive PlayStation Network security breach was 21-year old George Hotz, AKA Geohot, who recently settled a lawsuit with the company over hacking into the PlayStation 3’s hardware. But in a blog post today, Hotz denies that he had anything to do with the PSN attack.
Sony said yesterday that all credit card information on its hacked PlayStation Network was protected with encryption. As the outage for the online game service for the PlayStation 3 entered its eighth day, the company sought to reassure angry users.
Sony hasn’t yet recovered from the PlayStation Network outage, but it has already been hit with a class-action lawsuit filed on behalf of an angry user. The suit comes a day after Sony admitted that personal information, including credit card data, had been compromised when hackers broke into its online entertainment service.
A security breach in the Playstation Network by still unidentified hackers resulted in stolen personal information, Sony confirmed today. Now the company has begun the unpleasant process of notifying users that their data was compromised. If you get an email from Sony, it’s time to pay attention to it.
Sensitive information about Playstation Network (PSN) users was stolen by hackers during an extensive attack and intrusion on the online gaming network, according to service provider Sony.
Today marks the sixth day of the Playstation Network (PSN) outage and Sony is still mum about when the online gaming network will go live again, which could spark an exodus of gamers and developers to other online networks like Microsoft’s Xbox Live.