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Full PSN Restoration Complete By End Of This Week

After a whole lot of drama, the PlayStation Network is almost back to normal.

Sony Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) have announced that Sony Entertainment International (SNEI), "will fully restore all PlayStation Network services in the Americas, Europe/PAL territories and Asia, excluding Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea by the end of this week." Qriocity will return, and Sony reiterates that they "implemented considerable security enhancements to the network infrastructure." The first phase of this worldwide restoration began on May 15 and as of the end of next week, the full Network capabilities will include:

  • Full functionality on PlayStation┬«Store
  • In-game commerce
  • Ability to redeem vouchers and codes
  • Full functionality on Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3, PSP, VAIO and other PCs
  • Full functionality on Media Go

Said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President of Sony Corporation:

"We have been conducting additional testing and further security verification of our commerce functions in order to bring the PlayStation Network completely back online so that our fans can again enjoy the first class entertainment experience they have come to love. We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time."

The "Welcome Back" package will also greet returning customers; the details for various regions will continue to be released as time goes on.

Tags: psn, psn outage, playstation network, sony

5/31/2011 1:33:51 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (79 posts)

Lawless SXE
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 1:48:39 PM
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Yay! Just please don't tell me that the hacker's latest is going to wait until the PSStore comes back, cus that'll really p*ss off a lot of people.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 2:11:42 PM

There are already rumblings out of that community.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 3:03:44 PM

If we must find a positive in such a situation as if that were to occur, at least it might encourage future gen's to continue to distribute physical media...

That's the only positive I can think of though. I just want to play games.

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Highlander
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 3:22:39 PM

@worlds,

That 'community' can go jump of a very high cliff. They've caused quite enough trouble, and for what exactly? Any more out of them, and I'll happily give up my more peaceful stance and pin up some 'wanted' posters myself.

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Lawless SXE
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 1:53:09 AM

Lulzsec... losers.

Underdog: I hadn't thought about it that way, but I have no doubt that there'll be another generation of primarily physical based media anyway. I'll be ready for DD in 2025.

Highlander: Wanted posters? That's all you got? I have a pair of shotguns, a machete, a big black dog and one vicious cat and I'm not afraid to use any of them :D

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Nerull
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 2:17:06 AM

Good to hear, I've been unable to get back to back to the future.
What I hate most is these hackers apparently have the ability to crack some high-budget corporate infrastructure. However Sony can prosecute they will, so can't you pick a more evil corporation to mess with?

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 9:39:49 AM

Nerull,

According to the 'community' Sony is the most evil. Personally, I think that if they think that Sony is the most evil, these folks have some serious perspective issues. Still, it's a perverse world where a company protecting it's products against copying and security threats is termed evil by the very same groups trying to break the security, and yet people listen to these criminals. Odd really.

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Underdog15
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 9:45:28 AM

Go figure nerds like these think the most evil corporation is the one that stops them from toying with their technology. lol!

What about Coke-a-cola? Or Shell gas? Or effing Disney? They make impoverished people make their shirts for dirt and we sell them at a cost that is greater than they make in 3/4 of a year!

But no... the bad guys are the ones that stop us from frigging around with expensive technology!

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packersfan66
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 3:15:01 PM

Did anyone see what the "Tupac" hackers were saying they were going to do :(

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tramp
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 1:48:43 PM
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still wish it had been faster, the poor downloadable game dev's not been able to take our money.

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Highlander
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 1:52:40 PM

I believe that Sony is working with such developers to ensure that they are not harmed by the outage.

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PAKINIPS
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 8:32:26 PM

I wish it had been faster so I could use the free stuff!

Only having 30 days to use It means I won't be able to as I'm going back to uni end of this week therefore no ps3

Sad times

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LegendaryWolfeh
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 8:29:54 AM

Free stuff? Do you mean the regular free minis and such you get from PSN+ or the 2 free games Sony is giving for 30 days? Because those aren't limited...there's just a 30 window in GETTING it..once you get it it's permanent.

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maxpontiac
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 1:51:12 PM
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Nice!

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SvenMD
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 1:54:08 PM
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I know I shouldn't, but I'm getting really impatient, but it's no fault of Sony's. There was a mysterious "date" of May 24th and I was kinda hung on that date.

And then there was the, "we'll have everything up by the end of the month" - So then I was expecting it today, May 31st.

Now it's "by the end of the week".

But it's been over a month, so I suppose I could wait a few more days... It has been nice at least having the PSN back since I did get to CO-OP some Portal 2, so that was nice.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 2:12:51 PM

I think it's okay to be impatient so long as one doesn't throw an unreasonable fit. You should see the message I got from this bipolar sumbitch I had to delete from my friends list.

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Underdog15
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 3:04:51 PM

You got that too, eh, World? I moved him swiftly to the block list. I had already been ignoring the friend request for some time.

I didn't respond with much. All I said was, "k bye."

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 4:01:52 PM

I believe I said "You are psychotic" in my reply

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SoulController
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 4:02:01 PM

yea i think I got that same message. Wow what an idiot. That poor guy needs to grow up. He's acting like Sony asked to get hacked

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Fane1024
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 4:17:42 PM

If you guys have a free spot, add me (same ID as here). I won't send you insane messages (well, not many).
;)

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FatherSun
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 7:44:36 PM

It is understandable to be inpatient. Even though Sony gave an ETA it was the fact that they gave a few ETAs that made the wait suspenseful. Hopefully they do not go past this week. Then it would be labeled a fiasco.

I got that crazy email as well. Who takes the time to send messages on PSN like that? He spammed us.

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Simcoe
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 7:47:19 AM

I'm guessing a message got deleted after Sven's post!!

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 7:16:34 PM

Wow, he must have gone down the whole PSXE list, cause I got 3 messages from him, the 1st 2(oxymoron) were for wanting into my friends list which I've never used BTW.

And then his third wacko post that I'm condensing into.....

"Eff you all, it's the end of the world for me, so I'm gonna be jumping off a new Kinect".

(I hope he doesn't break his buttcheeks in that harrowing 2 foot fall off his shelf).

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Highlander
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 1:54:10 PM
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Welcome back Sony. Now, slay them at E3 with exclusive PS3 games, NGP and NGP games and of course PlayStation Suite. No mention of PS4 though please, let's wait at least until next E3 to tease that one.

"implemented considerable security enhancements to the network infrastructure." - I surely hope so, although as Lockheed martin has shown, even defense contractors who are obviously harder targets for attack get hacked.

I wonder whether Sony has implemented a Paypal option for a future firmware revision?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 2:13:42 PM

No Velveeta games? ;)

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Looking Glass
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 2:52:07 PM

This whole mess has already been a huge PR debacle for Sony, although I'm happy to say that PS3 units appear to be selling well regardless. I like to think it's at least partially because this mess, as well as other messes like the recent hacks of Square Enix and PBS (of all things) among others, have helped to stir up anti-hacker sentiment in the general public and therefore a considerable number of people are supporting Sony as a way of getting back at the hackers. And of course this is certainly a very distinct possibility.

But in any case this PSN mess is no doubt something that Sony would really, REALLY want to avoid a repetition of at all costs. There is no doubt that they have done everything they can to ensure that something like this never happens again. And it's not just the usual security measures like firewalls and the like. There is no doubt that Sony now has a permanent team of security people tasked with keeping a 24/7 watch on the network so the hackers won't be able to do anything without Sony immediately knowing about it. And hopefully this would also give them the means to track any perpetrators.

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Highlander
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 3:34:48 PM

@Lookingglass,

Regarding future PS3/PSN security. Sony needs to do two things, first of all, they need to find a way of identifying and blocking *any* hacked consoles accessing any PSN instance. Secondly they need to find a way to prevent the use of proxy servers often used by hackers to hide their tracks, or gain access to PSN when running an older firmware.

Sony already had a security team, most large corporates do, but that team will no doubt be bigger and better resourced now. I hope it's enough.

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Looking Glass
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 3:49:47 PM

@TheHighlander

As I've already said, there is no doubt that the people at Sony are doing everything in their power (which is quite a bit) to make sure another incident like this one never happens. I believe the reasons for this have already been made abundantly obvious.

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The Doom
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 1:55:38 PM
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Yippiky Yah HeeYay Peeyahhhhh Kiyo!!! I am disappoint about it not coming BY the end of the month but it's good to hear a solid due date! :D

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 2:14:20 PM

I hope that means Yippy Kayay Motherf*cker in english :)

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AshT
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 1:55:45 PM
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Its about time....i hope those damn hackers get caught

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Highlander
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 2:05:16 PM

I think the delay may have been because the commerce element has to be the same over the entire network, and the Japanese card companies wanted assurances about security. Sony had to jump through extra hoops just to get basic PSN back in Japan. And as they say here they were "conducting additional testing and further security verification of our commerce functions", so I would have to say that they've been testing and retesting their system to satisfy those CC issuers. Now they have the go ahead, and can roll it back out.

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thj_1980
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 2:00:10 PM
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PLease hurry up i want my free games and to get some dlc!!!!!!!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 2:18:05 PM
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Good times, now what should i get for free? Littlebigplanet for sure. Maybe KZ liberation. Already have inFamous. What the hell is Pursuit Force?

I'm just glad it's coming back so I can redeem my LA Noire DLC codes.

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Clamedeus
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 6:28:18 PM

You could look it up on YouTube, to see what it is. That's what I do a lot if I don't know what the game is about and hesitant to purchase it.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 7:37:16 PM

World,

I recently got Pursuit Force:Extreme Justice to add into my PSP collection, but haven't had the chance to try it out yet.

Anyway, here's what it says on the back cover...

Non-stop arcade style action that fuses driving & combat skills.

The Pursuit force has been recruiting. Meet new playable team members & lead them in pursuit of justice on, land sea & in the air.

New gangs & vehicles include the Syndicate, Raiders, plus new vehicles such as a bike with side car & a hovercraft

It also has 4-player MP via Ad-Hoc mode

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BIGRED15
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 2:20:35 PM
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what's a few more days? Right? i really dont care about the store just because all i use it for is the occasional demo. I've had a ps3 since the old 60G and ive only ever bought like 2 expansion packs. For me, if some add on content looks good i can usually get it with a simple pre order

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Pyramid
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 2:53:06 PM
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I was waiting for tonite... but a thing is for sure,bet is gonna be completely up before E3. I wonder if they gonna comment in the conference.

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coverton341
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 3:06:48 PM
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So by saying "end of this week" are they really saying "yeah, we said by the end of the month but that isn't going to happen"?

Not trying to complain about it, just wondering if they are letting the date slip. If so it would be nice to see them step up and just say so instead of dance around the subject.

"We overshot our estimate, sorry, we will have it going by week's end though". That would be a nice change of pace.

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Highlander
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 3:27:24 PM

I think they're indirectly telling us that an additional wave of testing and verification to satisfy card issuers in some markets has delayed the re-introduction of the store, but that now everything is tied down to the satisfaction of the various bodies involved, they can schedule the re-introduction of the store.

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Fane1024
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 3:57:55 PM

At least they gave a new timeline before the old one expired; they haven't always done so during the outage and I think that's a huge part of why people have been so frustrated.

Sony's mis-steps don't excuse the insane whinery, though.

p.s. The vague timeline could reflect the varying days of the week on which PSN normally updates in different territories, so it still could happen today in NA. Wishful thinking?



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Highlander
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 7:15:59 PM

You know, I think that I'll just start making stuff up, because trying to give fact based analysis apparently annoys some...I really don't care about how many thumbs down I get, but the fact that people are willing to thumb down factual posts or posts that draw rational conclusions based on fact is just plain depressing. I guess summer vacation is upon us and the masses of unformed minds that form the greater cadre of the Eye of Moron have been released.

*sigh*

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Looking Glass
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 7:18:03 PM

@TheHighlander

There doesn't seem to be any real need to be melodramatic about it Highlander.

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Highlander
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 7:36:29 PM

...and there was a need for yours?

Next time I want to express frustration, shall I check with you to ensure it's not melodramatic?

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Looking Glass
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 8:19:31 PM

@TheHighlander

My apologies. I didn't mean any disrespect. I was actually half-joking. I suppose it's possible that the manner in which you chose to express your frustration struck me as a little odd because when I express frustration I sometimes to try to avoid using language that can come off as aggressive or provocative. Of course that isn't what I do every single time (like perhaps telling that no-name guy to piss off for example) but still.

Anyway, telling the truth or dispensing facts can be a thankless business, especially when there are people who don't want to hear of such things for whatever reason. I suppose that too is an unfortunate part of life.

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Killa Tequilla
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 3:56:05 PM
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As a Sony fanboy, I was exited by the "end of the month" aka today.

But now it's like whatever Kelly!

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CrusaderForever
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 4:00:12 PM
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I hope they have full content available. They said it was going to be back today so I am hoping the extra days have been used to get the store content caught up to date. So glad to see it coming back online! Thanks Sony!

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Claire C
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 4:00:46 PM
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So does that mean not today? :_(

E3 starts Thurs. with Konami, right?

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Looking Glass
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 4:09:55 PM

Actually, I think it begins on the 6th, which is this coming Monday if I'm not mistaken. So the full restoration should be more or less just in the nick of time. Which is neat I would say.

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Fane1024
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 4:11:17 PM
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If Sony had gotten things sorted last week (as per the rumor), I think it would have been best to open the Store a few days before the first update in order to:

1) allow the last update to be re-advertized (it only got one day).
2) allow code redemption and Welcome Back downloads to occur before new items appear.

However, with E3 (and its expected three-day deluge of updates) now on the horizon, they need to start updating ASAP.


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Highlander
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 7:23:45 PM

The couldn't, they only got the go ahead to restart PSN in Japan and Asia in time to start on the 28th. The commerce servers all have to run the same safeguards, so until Sony had finalized that with the relevant folks in Japan (CC issuers and Government) they couldn't restore PSN in Asia or restore the commerce servers needed for the PS Store anywhere. Once they got PSN back up in Japan, they could schedule the re-introduction of the commerce servers and Store. A week after PSN goes live seems about right to give PSN a week to stabilize in Japan and the rest of Asia.

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Fane1024
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 7:44:49 PM

I wasn't trying to imply that it was possible to get it running last week. I think your analysis is spot-on. I'm sure that if they were ready yesterday, it would have been online yesterday.

I just think the ideal plan in a normal (non-E3) week would be to open the Store on Thursday or Friday, re-advertize the last batch of content plus the Welcome Back items, let people download that stuff over the weekend, then have the new updates on Tuesday and Friday each week until they're caught-up.

With E3 next week (and the May 31 "deadline" possibly missed), that plan is less viable, so I think Sony should just update the Store ASAP.

apologies if this double-posts

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Highlander
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 8:02:18 PM

Definitely, sorry, I misunderstood your post. I agree with you completely on all of that.

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Fane1024
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 8:22:47 PM

No, it's my bad. I can definitely see how you could read my first comment as impatient or ungrateful. I wrote it in a rush.

To be honest, I am the former, but not the latter.

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Excelsior1
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 5:03:09 PM
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may the 36th?

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Condemnedsoul23
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 5:14:17 PM
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I almost repurchased Infamous until I heard I might be getting it again for free as part of welcome back program. Hope I didn't have to be a plus subscriber for it and hope my assumption is correct. I never realized how much I used the store until it was taken away. I will appreciate it the next time around. I'm sure they are hurrying as much as possible and at the same time making sure to the best of ability it doesn't happen again.

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Condemnedsoul23
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 5:16:52 PM
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@ World. Never got a message from anyone but my girlfriend received several attempted returns of the PS3 at BestBuy because people were so upset the network went out. Some of them had their systems for 6 months and tried to demand a return. That's lame.

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Looking Glass
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 5:26:29 PM

Fortunately such individuals constitute a small minority at most and a tiny one at least. But in any case the jokes on them when some of the best PS3 exclusives the world has ever seen get released over the course of the next several months.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 6:14:06 PM

idiots, its free and its coming back and you aren't in any danger. People need to stop listening to fanboys.

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frylock25
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 5:47:19 PM
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we get to watch e3 from our ps3's this year. cant wait that will be bad ass

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Fane1024
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 7:52:59 PM

Home 1.50 FTW?

I wonder if the Blog stuff will work in the PS3 browser (I'm not sanguine).

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Mystearica
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 7:10:56 PM
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So May 24 then May 31... now end of week. That's fine I guess but I just hope the hackers aren't prepared for that too

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Looking Glass
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 7:21:28 PM

I don't think we have anything to worry about. I think it's all but guaranteed that there have been hackers who have been trying to once again break into the PSN since shortly after it first came back up. But of course it doesn't look like they've been having much luck with that to say the least.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 7:55:16 PM

Well, I hope that Sony can overpower any hacks that this f*cking a-hole hacker group called LulzSec have been bragging about doing against Sony, on their twitter page.

I'm also hoping Sony has all their music sites worldwide under intense scrutiny too because that's where these hackers have been hinting that they've found a way back into Sony through there.


Here's the full article......

http://www.industrygamers.com/news/sony-threatened-with-the-beginning-of-the-end-by-hackers/

Sony Threatened With 'The Beginning of The End' by Hackers

Sony's PlayStation Network has returned, and indeed, full services - including the PlayStation Store - are expected to be fully functional by the end of this week. The company has taken very serious measures to enhance its security and assure customers that personal data is now safe, but the actions have likely spurred on hacking groups even more to rise to the challenge.

Now one hacking group known as "LulzSec" has issued threats to Sony on its Twitter page. The group said late last week that its "working on another Sony operation... this is the beginning of the end for Sony."

The group then followed up on Sunday with, "#Sownage (Sony + Ownage) Phase 1 will begin within the next day. We may have a pre-game show for you folks though. Stay tuned."

LulzSec has become infamous for hacking into the websites of Sony, PBS, Fox and others, according to SFGate.com. The group was really put on the map when it hacked PBS to post a report that legendary rapper Tupac Shakur is "alive and well" in New Zealand, along with Biggie Smalls (The Notorious BIG).
We sure hope for Sony's sake that it's new security measures are now up to snuff.

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Looking Glass
Thursday, June 02, 2011 @ 1:17:14 PM

@BikerSaint

Nothing but bluster and scare-tactics I'm sure. Lulzsec seems to be the kind who delude themselves into thinking that a few pranks lead to something bigger. If I'm not mistaken the Ku Klux Klan were thinking along similar lines not too long ago and we all know how that turned out.

Personally I'm not going let some asshole with a computer push me around. And it certainly helps that now that the group have stirred up so much trouble for so many different parties the FBI among others are no doubt gunning for them. And to the authorities I say this: Happy hunting fellas.

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BikerSaint
Thursday, June 02, 2011 @ 7:26:48 PM

Looking Glass,

I believe you & also agree with you 200%.

FYI, I've been a "hardcore" biker & freedom fighter for many moons now & I'll never let anyone push me around, either by computer or in person.

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BikerSaint
Friday, June 03, 2011 @ 2:06:50 AM

Unfortunately, it seems I was right about LulzSec, although it seems they hit Sony's movie site instead....

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6316865/sony-looking-into-new-hacker-attack?tag=updates%3Beditor%3Ball%3Btitle%3B5

Japanese company says it is investigating group's claims to have made off with personal information for more than 1 million Sony Pictures accounts; Sony says "not related to PlayStation."

Last night, Sony brought its PlayStation Store back online, ostensibly marking the end of a six-week saga that resulted in hackers obtaining identifying information for more than 77 million PlayStation Network and Qriocity accounts, as well as an additional 24.6 million Sony Online Entertainment accounts.

However, Sony's hacker problem does not seem to want to go away. Sony remains the target of hackers' ire.

The Associated Press is reporting today that the hacker group LulzSec has launched a new attack on Sony, one that has compromised more than 1 million people's personal information, including passwords, email addresses, home addresses, dates of birth, and all Sony opt-in data associated with their accounts. Fortunately for still-recovering PlayStation gamers, the target of LulzSec's attack was Sony Pictures website, and not the PSN.

In a statement posted to LulzSec's website, the hacker group said that it had released the information it obtained through various torrent sites.

"Enclosed you will find various collections of data stolen from internal Sony networks and websites, all of which we accessed easily and without the need for outside support or money," the statement read. "We recently broke into SonyPictures.com and compromised over 1,000,000 users' personal information, including passwords, e-mail addresses, home addresses, dates of birth, and all Sony opt-in data associated with their accounts."

"Among other things, we also compromised all admin details of Sony Pictures (including passwords) along with 75,000 'music codes' and 3.5 million 'music coupons,'" the statemen continued. "Due to a lack of resource on our part (The Lulz Boat needs additional funding!) we were unable to fully copy all of this information, however we have samples for you in our files to prove its authenticity. In theory we could have taken every last bit of information, but it would have taken several more weeks."

The hacker group went on to say that the aim of its attack wasn't to build its own reputation. Rather, it hopes that this latest attack will "embarrass" the multinational mega-corporation.

"What's worse is that every bit of data we took wasn't encrypted," LulzSec said. "Sony stored over 1,000,000 passwords of its customers in plaintext, which means it's just a matter of taking it. This is disgraceful and insecure: they were asking for it. This is an embarrassment to Sony; the SQLi link is provided in our file contents, and we invite anyone with the balls to check for themselves that what we say is true. You may even want to plunder those 3.5 million coupons while you can."

Following up on that challenge, the AP reports that it has tested a swath of the information released, and found it valid. One of those phone numbers found in the data, according to the AP, was for an 84-year-old Minnesota resident, who confirmed that the password obtained by LulzSec was indeed legitimate.

Responding to GameSpot's request for comment, a Sony Computer Entertainment America representative said of the matter, "It's not related to PlayStation." A Sony Pictures representative told the AP, "We are looking into these claims."

LulzSec shot to notoriety earlier this week, after taking over PBS.com and posting a story claiming that murdered rapper Tupac Shakur was alive, well, and living in New Zealand.

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Looking Glass
Friday, June 03, 2011 @ 12:31:03 PM

@BikerSaint

That's certainly another embarrassment for Sony. However, it's not the "beginning of the end" as they boasted. It's just another mess that will be cleaned up and forgotten before long. All this will do is further turn the general public against the hackers. Sony will be just fine because, as I indicated before, a few pranks do not lead to something bigger (and this really is just an immature prank). Especially not with these guys. Now they're threatening to go after the freaking FBI. They're not screwing with Sony, they're screwing with everyone. If anything I think there's a good chance that this recent surge in cyber attacks against many different parties will actually generate support for Sony from a general public that is no doubt viewing hackers in an increasingly negative light.

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I007spectre
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 7:20:48 PM
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Didn't figure they would let E3 come without it being back up.

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Looking Glass
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 7:23:23 PM

Oh, it'll be back up before E3. The PSN will be fully functional by the end of this week and E3 doesn't start until next week. They are cutting it a bit close but they'll make it in time for E3.

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ElJefeDiablo
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 9:17:39 AM

Fully functional aka operational. Hmmmmm. That is what the Empire said about the Death Star...and the rebels still managed to blow it up.

Of course I do not categorize Sony as an Evil Empire, unlike Daddy Starbucks, Walwart, and Microsloth. Okay, maybe they are comparable to a Sith Lord, but their brand of evil is just sooo damned addictive and fun! I have become one with the Darkside.

A gnarly, dual light saber wielding image of Kevin Butler is now forever emblazoned in my twisted mind. A PS3 exclusive Move Jedi title would be epic!

Let's just hope this rebel scum doesn't attempt to use the Shwartz again.

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Dancemachine55
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 7:23:58 PM
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Wait, Ben, the title of the article reads "PSN Restoration by end of THIS week" but in your article it says "and as of the end of NEXT week, full network capabilities will include..."

Soooo... is that a typo, or is full functionality being rolled out slowly again? Like PS Store and Qriocity at the end of this week, around 4th June, other functions end of next week, 11th June? Or is it all coming back this weekend, 4th June?

Great timing since the Ozzy Osbourne track pack for Rock Band 3 is coming out. Singstar and Rock Band 3 songs are what I mostly buy anyways.

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Agent_47
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 7:36:18 PM
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What's another 4 days after waiting over a month now. I just hope Sony has
their security game in place, because just like a few of you already mention those scumbag hackers are already planning another attack. Can they just go
stand in the middle of a busy freeway!! NOBODY likes you guys !!

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Highlander
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 7:38:05 PM

LOL! That reminds me of the 'joke' - "Go stand in the middle of the driveway while I start the car..."

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Lairfan
Tuesday, May 31, 2011 @ 9:57:29 PM
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Thank goodness. I was wondering when I could redeem that LA Noire code.

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nath08
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 4:19:08 AM
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Would of been a great time to add party-chat. Here's an idea, pay something like £15 a year for party chat? Even though that's a low price, you'd still get gamers saying 'having to pay for party chat is ridiculous' etc. And probably XBOX fan boys cussing it because they don't realise they have to pay over twice as much each year to get any useful online features at all. I'm sorry I went off on a tangent with this, but yes, its brilliant to see Sony's console properly up and running!

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 9:41:04 AM

That would be PlayStation Plus - the PlayStation Network premium (aka paid) subscription plan.

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___________
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 4:51:18 AM
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huh, what happened to the end of the month?
last time i checked june 5th is not the end of the month!
sigh........ can sony keep any of its promises!?
honestly they could say the sky is blue, and i would have to fly over to where they are before i could believe them!
hopefully the hacks that are suppose to commence tonight does not effect this.....................

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Highlander
Wednesday, June 01, 2011 @ 9:45:19 AM

Your reading comprehension really does suck in the extreme. Go back and read what Sony and their spokes critters said. I believe that the key word is 'expect', as in "We expect to have all services back by the end of the month." Of course they did not expect that they would have to jump through all the same hoops that they'd already jumped through to demonstrate (through re-testing everything) to the Japanese CC issuers and trade authorities that they had fixed what was hacked and improved security. In case you'd missed it, that delayed the Japan/Asia PSN restart until the 28th, and the Store and other commerce systems will restart about a week or so after that, which is pretty much what you'd expect. After all, you'd want to let the PSN restart in Japan/Asia settle down for a week before throwing the commerce servers into the mix. But then that's me listening to Sony's actual words and applying come common sense, both skills that you electively lack.

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