Sony PlayStation Network online but still unsecured?
Sony setup a website to help users change passwords using your email address and date of birth, however, what Sony forgot was the hackers have this information and can easily obtain your password again
. Sony states that no further hacking has been attempted and the website has been taken down. Sony needs to get their head out of their ***** and get on game. Sony users should be very worried. I recommend you change your email address with Sony as soon as possible and associate your PSN account with the new email.
After 1 month the PSN
is back up and running. Users are required to download updates then reset passwords. Sony
has announced a Welcome Back package
to consumers.The welcome package includes a choice of two PlayStation3 games, or two PlayStation Portable games. Games will be available for 30 daysafter the online store comes back online, according to Sony. Customers willalso receive a selection of free movie rentals and 100 virtual items. Non PSN
subscribers will get a free 30-day membership while existing customers will receive30 days extra. This should not fool users as it seems the PlayStation Network is still unsecured...
Security researches using targeted google searches have been able to uncover exploits in Sony's network, includingthe Sony Corporation of America, Sony Pictures Entertainment and SonyElectronics, an old gift card registry sweepstakesthat collected personal information of customers. It seems, even after 1 month of downtime, Sony is still unable to properly secure their networks. This should scare all PlayStation users. It is only a matter of time before hackers infiltrate and disrupt services once again.
Heavy traffic has caused some users not to be able to download upgrades and access the PSN. You can find password reset instructions at the link below, as well as updates straight from Sony.
PlayStation Network back online? Not so fast..
Sony has announced that the PlayStation Network will be restored and fully completed by months end, "Sony said the phased restoration will be on a country by country basis beginning in the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Middle East."
The first phase will include Sign in, password resets and restoration of online game services such as rental video content and music services. Sony added that some customers will be able to regain access on Saturday.
Click here to get password reset instructions
Sony will be offering a "welcome back" package to consumers after restoration is complete. The package will include benefits such as a month of free PlayStation Plus membership for all PSN customers, as well as an extension of subscriptions for PlayStation Plus and Music Unlimited customers to make up for the lost time.
Trigger fingers are itching to get back in the action. Many users report that PSN has been up and down all day as well as some Sony web pages. How long will it take Sony to get things up and running?
update 5/14 - PSN Down, still.
The PlayStation Network
is still down. The last update Sony
gave on a timeline was May 10th and they stated, "I know you all want to know exactly when the services will be restored. At this time, I can't give you an exact date, as it will likely be at least a few more days. We're terribly sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work through this process."
News has just been released showing that the attack on the PlayStation Network
originated from Amazon Servers
. The attackers set up fake AWS
(amazon web services) accounts and rented servers to carry out the attack. Afterwards, the accounts were deleted to hide any footprints. Bloomberg reports that the FBI will continue an investigation into this new revelation and subpoena Amazon
for further information.
A few more days? Sony
customers are no doubt getting more frustrated as the PSN outage
drags on. Some game retailers are seeing a 200% increase in PS3 exchanges
for Xbox systems. The damage to Sony
will only be increased as the PlayStation Network remains down
. You can read more about the PSN outage
below. Keep checking back for further updates.update 5/13 - PSN still down
Between April 17 and April 19th of 2011 the PSN
was accessed by unauthorized personnel resulting in the theft of personal and credit card information of tens of millions of Sony consumers
. Once this was discovered Sony
brought down PSN
and it has been down ever since. Sony
claims this was theft was perpetrated by the online group called Anonymous
claims that they take "information protection very seriously", yet if they did, why did they just lose millions of customers personal information? With the PlayStation network down
, and with no end in site, I hope they are really concentrating on beefing up security and patching loopholes in the playstation network
. When will the PlayStation network
be back up?
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