PSN Back Up, Mostly


Sony has finally restored PlayStation Network service after it was catastrophically hacked, with most of its previous functionality restored after nearly a month of downtime.

The most important points of their announcements:

The PSN’s most significant functionality has been restored (including online gaming) although certain features such as the store remain offline.

The PS3’s firmware has been given a compulsory update and users must change any passwords.

Not all regions are getting the updates and service restoration at the same time, so some areas may still have to wait some time.

The freebie “Welcome Back” package announcements are region specific and expected in the near future – the major elements are expected to be free game downloads and PSN Plus access.

Additionally, Sony claims it has instituted a wide range of security measures to prevent further disasters, although given they claimed their security was top notch and a major priority even prior to the hack, this may not do much to reassure those whose details are now in the hands of unknown hackers.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    10:11 15/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    after Square Enix and Sony, I'm just waiting until Microsoft let's me know that they got hacked as well. Good thing I've only used prepaid cards for XBox Live.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:47 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I'm pretty sure hate-magnets like Microsoft gets hack attempts everyday. Microsoft isn't even telling us that, much less those attempts that did succeed.

    Then again, Microsoft itself is a software company, which has its own arm of network and security divisions(where else would you get those security updates for your Windows and Microsoft Security Essentials?). If they still get hacked, it won't be XBOX users only that gets compromised, but also any machine that runs Windows. It's small wonder that Microsoft would have an easier time dealing with cracks.

    Meanwhile, Sony is mainly a hardware manufacturing company. I bet 100 bucks that a third party developer built Sony's Playstation Network.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:49 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Microsoft? Admitting they get compromised?

    I don't think there's any chance in hell that they'd acknowledge it; not even by Sony's magnitude of loss.

    Comment by PhillB
    15:46 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If they don't disclose a serious security breach, they (Microsoft) would have to settle with lawsuits and fines even bigger that those possibly faced by Sony.

    Sony's management of the security breach is actually the way most Japanese companies handle crisis. No wonder.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:00 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, there won't be any lawsuits if no one knows, right....? *winkwink*

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    Comment by YakomoFujikawa
    10:12 15/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Its good to know that they still haven't given us a solution. Just free stuff...

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    Comment by Megidola
    11:46 15/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    In Sony-speak:

    Security failure = Terrorism

    Advertising = Free gifts

    Comment by Anonymous

    Every company that gets hacked would be security failure then? A bank that gets robbed would be security failure?

    How do you not consider 100 million personal details being stolen as an act of (cyber)terrorism?

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    Comment by Homu Improvement
    13:23 15/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    They had bad security though and they knew it though they spent most their time battling pirates.

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    14:39 15/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Sorry but if you leave your car running and it is taken it is just as much your fault as it is the person who stole it. I don't give a damn if the car is a rusted out ford escort or a 2011 Bentley, it was still the user's fault for not securing the vehicle (or at least taking the damn keys with them).

    Just because they stored more information on the server does not make it a greater crime, certainly not terrorism.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:26 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, Sankaku is Not the best place to form opinions. Its like the Sonic Retro of anime/manga. Found it funny it came back on my birthday

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:08 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope you don't base yourself solely on the information Sankaku is giving away...

    Honestly, as it stands, it's hard to tell what's true anymore in this whole affair as sensationalism has struck pretty much every single gaming news site down to the very last with only a few providing sources in which you can find far less aggravating and far less terror and anxiety inflicting statements.

    The whole thing's been spun out of control and everyone's acting as if they're specialists when all they've got to hold unto is the information that one too many sensational article with overused hyperbole and the few bits of specific details they have aren't settled in stone as they'd like to believe as there are various matters that sound midway between reality or PR talk.

    The only facts we know for certain, 100% are:
    PSN is down
    Sony reacted late
    A hacker or a group of hackers are involved
    We're getting free stuff
    PSN is coming back on.

    Anything other then that is partially conjecture and hypothesis. Including your "left the car with the motor running" analogy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:17 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ignorance is bliss, there must be a lot of happy people in this thread.

    First of all Sony had the most up to date software available in spite of what you might have heard to the contrary. They did not have a gaping security hole that they knew about and did nothing about. That myth has been busted wide open but as it's not sensationalist nonsense that gets page hits, you might not have heard much about it.

    There, now you have been educated and can move on to things like 'Well they still had bad security because they got hacked', but what would be enough security? One more hurdle to overcome? Five? Ten? Fifteen? Is there some point at which you will freely admit that 'They had plenty of security but got hacked anyway'?

    Comment by Anonymous

    adding ur knowing, our acc n cc info have been stolen.. that a good news for those using cc right??

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    Comment by -
    11:42 15/05/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Nonetheless free stuff is always good

    16:08 15/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    ♪The best thing in life are free♫

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    17:15 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope I can get on PSN at some point soon, that is all I'm concerned about at this point...

    Though I do want some compensation for not being able to get on PSN all this time though...

    Comment by Anonymous

    ♪At the expense of stolen identity♫


    Comment by Anonymous

    At the expense of identity stolen...? ;

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:39 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That free stuff is good for those of us who weren't stupid enough to give credit card data over the Net, bought only points cards, and had no significant data lost to the crackers. :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:21 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You say "free stuff," I say "advertising."

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:11 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    no corporation of any kind will gaurentee they wont ever be hacked. Wat will they say if they DO get hacked, even with the best "solution" and a 1 in a million chance?

    use ur brains plz = =

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    Comment by Demonboy
    10:20 15/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    No problem fixed, but free stuff. (Un)fortunately, this will blind people from the bigger picture with "OMFGFREESTUFFBRO!"

    Comment by Anonymous

    only kids n kids into this trap "OMFGFREESTUFFBRO!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:28 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    I swear Artefact is like the master of writing the worse possible news about anything, whether it'd be good news or bad news. I find myself coming here mainly in anticipation of it because no one else does this as bad as he does. miss those ffxiv articles, everyone gets their panties in a bunch about that especially zam lol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:15 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This one sounded more like, "It was terrible, but the world has now been saved!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:20 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yet all i feel like doing is playing Final Fantasy XIII

    Comment by Anonymous

    Well I guess if I had to choose between losing my credit card info and other stuuff or playing ff13... Wait no would rather lose my info.

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    Comment by Guumii
    21:42 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If they're gonna say "PSN is back up and running" Then
    they should have put back to store along with it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:59 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This sounds like the perfect time for peopel to figure out how to hack this free stuff, keep it and the process will start all over again. I only want it back up for Demon's Souls, I doubt Sony will give us free reign to have everything free for this PSN+ junk. Probably just the shitty or casual games that won't do shit

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:16 16/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Actually, PSN+ has pretty awesome stuff every other month. The infamous 2 ,Killzone 3 ,Twisted Metal and socom 4 betas were amazing.

    You just have to be a member whenever all the awesome shit comes up. You see, that's why they do it like that.

    Example :
    Month A
    -Something awesome!
    -You are not a member.

    Month B
    -Something shitty
    -You decided to get a 3 month membership

    Month C
    -Something shitty, but everyone else is still enjoying month A. But not you. Enjoy your shitty casual games.

    Month D
    -Something good, but not awesome.

    Month E
    -Your membership expires
    -Something fuckawesome


    When enough people get left out of the loop, they'll throw money at them for the 1 year so they don't miss any of the good stuff.

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    Comment by Tenshi_
    17:51 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Just want to ask question: I have two accounts one US and one Japan... according to the news (read from actual PSN site), does that mean that I'm able to log in for both accounts?? and that I need to change PW for both??

    and also, what is this "free stuff" they are going to give out?? I only free stuff that they are going to give out as a welcome back whatever was "Music Unlimited subscription for PS3 & PC"...

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    Comment by crescentindigomoon
    10:08 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    good to know nothing changed

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    Comment by 黒猫
    10:22 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    yeah.. updated and still can't get on psn

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    Comment by Seven
    10:20 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Except the loss of 102 million people's personal info.

    Comment by Anonymous

    if its lost; then why do so many people have said information?
    pro-tip: learn to english

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    Comment by PrinceHeir
    17:39 17/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    played Uncharted 2 all night :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:12 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now that it's almost over. Lets stop bickering over who did what and just look to the future and hope this shit wont happen again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:06 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm just relieved to know they are doing their job to restore this shit back up. Hackers are running wild these days.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:16 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    of all the times for my email to be hacked...

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:05 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    or one could avoid the whole situation and still play on a ps3 by not using the PSN network

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:58 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I play on an Xbox 360

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:13 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Useless comment is useless. So is my reply, but I just wanted to point it out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:00 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    How's those exclusive games coming along?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:06 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    exclusive???? hmm, continue plying XBL... i'm still leveling in crysis2..

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:16 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    can u list the exclusive on ps3??? beside on getting hacked on psn info which i already know..

    Comment by PhillB
    15:42 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who cares about exclusives when you're still able to access all your games online? Specially those requiring connection to be playable.

    Comment by Anonymous

    quality over quantity faggot

    Comment by Anonymous

    How's that living in the past thing going?

    Comment by Anonymous

    it have deeperrr meaning...

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    Comment by Demi-Rebel 72
    13:14 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Doesn't really matter. I'm just gonna delete my account or get it cancelled and not use PSN again. Who knows when the next attack on Sony may happen. And just because they were able to strengthen security does not mean shit to me. Hackers will always find a way around it and attack it again.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:32 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No matter which path you take, there is always of danger. That is called, living in the real life my friend.

    No matter what we do, something will always go wrong.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:14 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't even eat anymore, you will get hungry sooner or later so why bother.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:58 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    why eating is involved??? ur statement is sooo fanboyrism...

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:52 15/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Better get off the internet entirely, never know when the next attack on your computer may happen.

    Comment by Anonymous

    then why do you use the interwebz at all? aren't you scared of hackers?

    Comment by Anonymous

    good moves, ban sony product....

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