some say micorsoft hacked psn because the hacking of the psn co-incides with their free weekend for xbl.. it also co-incides with the releasement of many major games including portal 2 socom4 and mortal combat...
i dont believe it as i think it was THE ALIENS. AND THEIR PROBES... fukin green men
STATUS (live) its down
Sony: PSN services return this week, compensation for customers 1 month playstation plus and free selected downloads
Two weeks since after Sony's PlayStation Network was hacked Kazuo Hirai, chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment, addressed the issue in a press conference in Tokyo tonight.
Though they still don't know who orchestrated the intrusion on the PSN servers in San Diego, Calif., they were "very sophisticated," Hirai said. It's still not entirely clear what kind of data they got their hands on, but he reiterated that they don't believe credit card data to have been taken, and added that the company has received no complaints of ID theft or credit card fraud yet.
Most services will be restored "within the week," Hirai said. The first PSN services to come back online will be online game play for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable, the ability to play downloaded movies from PSN, and unexpired movie rentals through PSN and Qriocity and chat functionalities.
"We are aiming to restore full services including the PlayStation Store and purchasing features within the month," said Hirai.
The breach took place between April 17 ad 19, but Sony didn't tell its more than 70 million customers until April 26 that their personal information, including names, addresses, e-mail addresses, birthdays, PlayStation Network and Qriocity passwords, and user names, as well as online user handles, had been obtained illegally by an "unauthorized person."
The company launched an investigation in conjunction with several security firms into the intrusion on its network and shut down PSN and Qriocity while it rebuilt the security system.
Only 10 million of the 70 million PSN accounts had credit cards attached to them, Hirai said.
One of the chief complaints from customers is how long Sony took to inform customers of the breach. Besides being sued by at least one customer, Sony has also attracted the interest of the U.S. House of Representatives, the government of the city of Taipei, Taiwan, and the British and Canadian privacy authorities. All of them demanded answers from Sony about why it took so long to tell customers of the breach as well as how Sony would compensate customers.
The company today explained how it would try to make it up to customers. Sony will provide free identity theft protection service, and "will consider" helping customers who have to be issued new credit cards. Sony will also be offering free selected downloads, as well as 30 days of free PlayStation Plus service. Music Unlimited subscribers will also get free service for 30 days.
Sony also says it is also making some changes to enhance its security. It will create a new position of Chief Security Information Officer for Sony Computer Entertainment, and in addition to that is accelerating its already-planned move of data servers from San Diego to a different location with more enhanced system security, adding automated software monitoring and configuration management, enhancing data encryption, and implementing more firewalls, Hirai said.
Once the system comes back online customers will be forced to download a software update that will require everyone to change their PSN and Qriocity passwords.
Though they were not involved in the attack that brought PSN down last week, Hirai did mention the company's past brushes with attacks from the Internet hacker group Anonymous.
"We've also received attacks from the Internet group Anonymous, who in addition to taking the personal information of Sony top management, also publicized information about their families, their names and schools, on the Internet and called for sit-in protests across the world," said Hirai. "These kinds of sequential attacks on the company may not be limited to Sony. And in addition to our own initiatives, we will work with law enforcement and related agencies to combat illegal intrusions and the safety of a networked society."
"Again we like to offer our deepest and sincere apologies for potentially compromising customer data as well as causing great concern and making services unavailable for an extended period of time," he added.
Hirai's profile has bee raised of late. Besides tonight's PSN press conference, he also introduced Sony's new tablets at a media event earlier this week. Hirai has risen up through the ranks and recently was mentioned by current Chairman and CEO of Sony Howard Stringer as his possible replacement when he retires.
Its the tenth da since the 20th of April... the day of the psn outage. Sony says its not hat bad because 2.2mil is nothing compared to 77mil. Sony Exec form japan to make an adress 10pm pacific time 01:25, May 1, 2011 (UTC)
it goes into the seventh day of psn outage...for AUSTRALIA :)... Sony are only putting it back up when the hackers have been caught. Homeland Security and FBI look into matter while 2.2million credit cards are up for sale. clawdenxleave message here 02:23, April 30, 2011 (UTC)
70m ppl at risk in Playstation Network breach
By Erica Ogg, CNET.com on April 27th, 2011 00:12, April 27, 2011 (UTC)
· Personal information of up to 70 million Sony PlayStation Network customers has been exposed in a breach in which the records were illegally accessed.
Customer names, addresses, email addresses, birthdays, PlayStation Network and Qriocity passwords and user names, as well as online user handles, were obtained illegally by an "unauthorised person", according to Sony. The data was accessed between 17 and 19 April.
With respect to credit card information, which many users have given to Sony in order to purchase or rent content via the service, Sony is less sure of what transpired.
"While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility," the company said. "If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained."
And as a result, Sony has temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity, its subscription music service, contracted with an outside security firm to investigate the intrusion on its network, and started to rebuild its system and security. Sony would not say whether the company had contacted the FBI or any law enforcement about the breach.
It took Sony five days to level with its customers about the consequences of what knocked its service offline. Midway through last week, users noticed error messages when trying to sign into the service. While the company initially acknowledged that the service was inaccessible on Friday, it offered no explanation of why, and said that PSN would be back up and running in a "day or two."
Yesterday Sony acknowledged an "external intrusion" on its network and said that it was in the process of rebuilding PSN. It never hinted that personal data was compromised, and it's unclear why it took them so long to do so.
The company says that it is currently in the process of emailing all of its customers about the intrusion.
At 70 million records exposed, the Sony breach could be one of the largest. The DataLossDB.org site lists four breaches larger than that with the Heartland breach in 2009, which exposed about 130 million records, at the top, followed by the TJ Maxx breach at 94 million records in 2007.
The news comes three weeks after dozens of companies notified their customers that names and email addresses were exposed in a breach at email marketing service provider Epsilon. The companies affected included a who's who of retail brands, including Citibank, Chase, Capital One, Walgreens, Target, Best Buy, TiVo, TD Ameritrade and Verizon. It's unclear how many individuals were affected by that breach.
In the meantime, Sony says that it "has a clear path" to bring PSN and Qriocity back online "within a week." But how many customers will be ready to hand over new credit card info and trust Sony with their passwords and addresses again?
As it is, because the network is down, PSN users can't access the PSN website or the service via the PS3 to change their passwords, or delete their personal and credit card info.
On Sony's official PSN blog, user Korbei83 wrote, "If you have compromised my credit information, you will never receive it again. The fact that you've waited this long to divulge this information to your customers is deplorable. Shame on you. Excuse me while I go change my password ... oh wait. I can't."
"It was the almost complete lack of communication from Sony that is so disappointing to me. As a tech guy I am completely stunned at Sony's slow and horrible response to this issue," wrote ricksterd64. "What ever disaster plan you had you can just go ahead and stamp it with a giant red 'F' and go back to the drawing board and come up with a better disaster plan for the future. One which keeps the users and supporters of their systems including developers a little better notified as to what is going on."
CNET's Elinor Mills contributed to this story.
submitted 5 hours ago by chesh420 01:07, April 26, 2011 (UTC)
Ok, I've seen a bunch of speculation of why people think PSN is down, and I thought I should just post what the community knows in comparison to what Sony is telling everyone. The truth is, there was a new CFW (custom firmware) released known as Rebug (http://rebug.me). It essentially turns a retail console into a dev console (not fully, but gives you a lot of the same options that usually dev's only have access to). Anyway, this new CFW was quickly figured out by 3rd parties (not Rebug) to give CFW users access to the PSN network again via the dev networks. With a little manipulation of the URL's through a proxy server you could get your hacked console back online. Not that big of a deal, right? Well, it also turns out that some people over at NGU found out that you could provide fake CC# info and the authenticity of the information was never checked as you were on Sony's private developer PSN network (essentially a network that Sony trusted). What happened next was extreme piracy of PSN content. Sony realizing the issue here shut down the network. Now, before you go freaking out about the latest information posted about Kotaku, no ones personal information was accessible via this hack. Not to say they couldn't get it, but no one is admitting to it being available. Anyway, that's the real reason for the PSN downtime. Sony is now rebuilding all of it's PSN servers to be more secure and (hopefully) make sure the CFW users cannot get online anymore.
Edit #1: To those of you saying that this is speculation, you are correct. But, it is speculation based on a lot of facts and the outcome seems to make the most sense. 1. Rebug was released on 3/31/11. 2. First guides of how to use the dev network to get back on COD games on 4/3/11. 3. Word of "shady" sites finding a way to pirate PSN content via the dev networks on 4/7/11 (basing this on posts I had to delete on the website). 4. PSN goes down on 4/20/11
Now, you can believe Sony's PR team which has kept you completely in the dark, or you can see the list of events above and come to your own conclusion. Now, this isn't the first time Sony has fought back against the PS3 modders from getting on PSN. A couple of months ago we had a utility called f*ckPSN that changed the necessary header information that was being sent to Sony to allow modified consoles back online. We were able to use it for about a month. Then came the new TOS, the mass e-mail to PS3 customers, and software update 3.56 and 3.60. So, once again, yes this is all speculation, but it is speculation based on previous actions and known facts.
Edit #2: Mathieulh just mentioned that he has been in contact with someone that has official access to the SCE devnet servers and it was posted to them today that only 3.60+ debug firmwares will be allowed on the dev network anymore. All earlier versions will be cut. If you want to retain your access you need to contact Sony and upgrade to 3.60 debug firmware.
Edit #3: Ok, it looks like some various news sites have picked up this story and taken it out of context. Once again, this is all speculation and information gathered from various devs in the PS3 scene. It might very well not be the real reason PSN is down, but as the timeline fits, it's a reasonable explanation. Now, as to Rebug directly allowing this to happen, that's not the case at all. Different CFW's have had access to the dev network the whole time. This is not new news for people in the PS3 scene. It's what people have figured out what to do with the said network that has caused all the recent issues. Saying that Rebug is what did this is like saying a gun manufacturer is responsible for every death that happens with a gun.
It is now the sixth day of the playstation network outage and it sucks. 00:19, April 26, 2011 (UTC)
Ruffleberg Why did PSN lose his job as a tightrope walker? He couldn't stay online anymore
@PS3Nation]: What scares me is when the PSN finally comes back up, everyone's gonna hit it all at once and make it fail again...
SONY Corp.'s global PlayStation Network continued to experience problems for a fifth straight day Sunday after an attack from outside hackers disrupted the service.
The network outage, which began Wednesday, is affecting more than 70 million users worldwide, who use it to play video games against friends online, stream movies and shop online.
Players can still play games offline, but are unable to challenge others over the internet, one of the console's key features.
"We sincerely regret that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been suspended, and we are working around the clock to bring them both back online," Sony senior director of corporate communications and social media Patrick Seybold said in a posting on the official PlayStation blog late Saturday.
He said the company had to rebuild its systems to strengthen its network infrastructure.
"Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security," Seybold said.
No information was given on when users could expect the service to be restored.
Hacker group Anonymous was originally suspected of causing the disruption as it had previously vowed retribution against the Japanese electronics giant after it took legal action two hackers.
However, in a message on its website Friday, entitled "For Once We Didn't Do It," the group denied responsibility, saying that while it was possible that individual hackers had targeted the network, Sony wasn't an official target.
The message went on to accuse Sony of "taking advantage of Anonymous' previous ill-will towards the company to distract users from the fact that the outage is actually an internal problem with the company's servers."
The outage came during a heavy playing week, due to the school holidays and an Easter long weekend giving, AFP reported.
It is down for the fifth day. An insider at Sony has said that it could come up Tuesday.This is not an official anouncement yet though. Still waiting
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Sony have anounced they are rebuilding psn, should be a couple more days then
@DalaiLama] True inner peace and tranquility is meaningless without access to the Playstation Network.
PaulConUK: Does any1 remember that thing from back in the day call 'Playstation Network'! Those were the days hey :( #ps3 #psn _____________________________________________________________________________________
"We sincerely regret that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been suspended, and we are working around the clock to bring them both back online," Seybold writes. "Our efforts to resolve this matter involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure. Though this task is time consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security."
Earlier, Seybold said that Sony took PSN offline following an "external intrusion," which is a polite way of saying security breach. The outage's length and the wording of Seybold's statements are foreboding, foreshadowing a potentially troublesome intrusion. Sony has offered few details about what happened, which could be construed as a stalling tactic -- as the engineers assess how long and how broadly PlayStation Network had been hacked and whether or not customer data was pilfered. Then there is the arduous task of restoring the network so that it's hardened against further hacks.
The PSN breach is but one of several recent incidents affecting high-profile services. On April 13, WordPress.com acknowledged a troubling intrusion. Founder Matt Mullenweg explained in a blog post: "Automattic had a low-level (root) break-in to several of our servers, and potentially anything on those servers could have been revealed." Root access allowed hackers to see source code and private information of some WordPress.com premiere customers. There is no indication the two incidents are related, nor do I insinuate any. The point, simply: Sony isn't alone finding an "external intrusion" to its network.
Set against another incident -- Amazon Web Services' nearly two-day outage -- PSN's problems raise yet more concerns about the reliability of cloud services. Interestingly, or coincidentally, Amazon and Sony service outages overlapped.
In his blog post, Seybold writes: "We thank you for your patience to date and ask for a little more while we move towards completion of this project. We will continue to give you updates as they become available."
Patience is one thing PlayStation Network many subscribers don't have after four days of waiting. Betanews' second story about the incident posted at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Sony admits psn was actually hacked
@ajc: #PlayStation network down due to hackers. Kids may have to play #outdoors with real people.
NEWS: Anonymous accuses Sony of bringing down PSN themselves
Phil_Rose: Can we please have our Playstation network back now? It's scary outside and the sun burns my eyes.
KOI2281 @Jon_Seals How can they suspend me if there is no PSN lol Twitter - 6 minutes
@george takei: The Sony Playstation Network has been down since April 20th. In related news, US productivity rose sharply this month
@Nemeroth_]: "I hope psn does not have to restart the system because I'm on 7th prestige on blackops and it would start all over"
DanMak1989 Still no playstation network... I may just cry.
_aerodynamic IM RAGING BECAUSE PSN HAS BEEN DOWN FOR ALMOST 4 DAYS NOW. NO BLACK OPS MAKES TEDDY AN ANGRY MAN
SteveTheDanger: Worst night ever. I blame u
@J4vv4d]: Family glad I've been spending so much quality time with them, thinking I'm a new man. Little do they know the playstation network is down.
@PlayStationTime]: PSN's Down, Deal With It
Tuism Hope that PSN will resurrect itself as Skynet, seeing as it went down on April 21, Judgement Day.
boomerangutang Yeah man, like, patience dudes. PSN will be back soon yeah, take it easy, chill people. Peace, love and light.