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Sony to bring back PSN this week, already running in Japan?

DVDBack23 @ May 02, 2011 05:20 | 59 comments

Sony announced earlier today that they will slowly be bringing back the PlayStation Network and Qriocity over the next week, and some unconfirmed reports already have the service up-and-running in Japan.

The company will also be ramping up security on the network in response to the largest security breach in the company's history, with personal info (and possibly but not likely credit card info) stolen from 77 million accounts.

Finally, Sony says they will be setting up a new customer appreciation program to thank everyone for waiting almost two weeks for PSN to come back up.

Sony says:

Third-party experts have conducted extensive tests to verify the security strength of the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. With these measures in place, SCE and SNEI plan to start a phased rollout by region of the services shortly.

The new security features include:

-Added automated software monitoring and configuration management to help defend against new attacks

-Enhanced levels of data protection and encryption

-Enhanced ability to detect software intrusions within the network, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns

-Implementation of additional firewalls

Sony also says it is still working with the FBI to look into the attack and prosecute those responsible.

For the "Welcome Back" program, Sony will be offering some "entertainment content" for free and a free 30-day subscription to the premium PlayStation Plus.

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Comment by: user473 (May 02, 2011 16:45)

who cares sold my ps3 long time ago..xbox 360 way better. just get a real system like the box and play gears 3...but on a side note if i knew who was the person behind this id shake his hand,edited for content sony

Comment by: Oner (May 02, 2011 17:16)

There has been WAAAY to much inappropriate and/or offensive wording in this thread (and as of late in general). This will be everyones only warning, if kept up any violations will have a 2 week suspension.


Comment by: Anonymous User (May 02, 2011 17:19)

WOW is this what its come to we are all he acting like little kids because psn is down. Sony will give out whatever THEY want free. They really dont owe us anything the psn is free to begin with isnt that good enough , just ask any x-box owner how much they would love to have a free network. Lets just all get over it and get back to gaming.

Comment by: Anonymous User (May 02, 2011 17:24)

Originally posted by Edipus:
You obviously have no idea how long it takes to rebuild an entire networks infrastructure. It is a ton of work and very time consuming, even on a smaller network. Everybody needs to take a chill pill about it being down. A lot of people are also saying that if they had their security better it may not have happened. That's false first off because nobody is one hundred percent safe from hacking no matter the security. Second off everyone needs to realize that Sony is the victim here. Saying something like, "If they did this it may not have happened", is like telling a rape victim that if they didn't dress so provocatively it may not have happened to them, either. That's an extreme example but it still shows how wrong it is to blame a victim in an ordeal.[
Originally posted by KillerBug:
Originally posted by Demonlegonddavid:
U people just need to get over it thay did not ask for this to happen it just happened. Sony is being nice enough to give u 30 days of psn+ for free and thay dont have to

Actually, Sony did ask for this to happen...first they asked for the Anonymous attack by going after graf and geohot, then they asked for the deep attack by calling the Anonymous attacks, "an inconvenience".

Sony can shove their PSN+ and their "free" content...I highly doubt sony is going to give away anything that they have to pay a developer for, so that leaves stuff that is essentially advertising (like the free month of PSN+). I bet they will also be "giving away" free 1-month trials of netflix (the same ones that netflix gives for free anyway).

There is only one thing that I would actually be willing to buy from the PSN, and it isn't released yet. On top of that, I think I would rather give money to terrorists than Sony at this point, and on top of that, I would have to drive to the store and buy a PSN card because there is no way in h**l that I can trust sony with a credit card number...and on top of all that, I still couldn't buy anything on there because the TOS says that Sony can block me from redownloading or even from using content that is already downloaded...so that isn't a purchase or even a lease...it is a rental.


your an idiot

Comment by: plazma247 (May 02, 2011 17:51)

sagarius was your point so good you needed to post it 3 times, really its a shame people cant be allowed to share or discuss their own opinions without coming under personal attack from someone thats always a "Unverified new user" strange that..

I wonder .... what address pool they crawled out of sometimes.... !!

Comment by: Anonymous User (May 02, 2011 18:06)

Edited for content that violates forum rules and a warning given by a moderator.

Comment by: Anonymous User (May 02, 2011 18:21)

Originally posted by dude845:
that is pretty sad that it's only 30 days of free premium. If anything they should give it for at least a year..

boo hoo! get over it. it was not sony's fault. why dont you use the time off of the psn to see the real world.

Comment by: Anonymous User (May 02, 2011 18:23)

Originally posted by dude845:
that is pretty sad that it's only 30 days of free premium. If anything they should give it for at least a year..

@ dude845 that is quite possibly the dumbest thing i've ever heard. what have you lost that deserves a free year. Sony has been down for a week and a half. 30 days is two and a half weeks more you cheap douchebag. if you feel you deserve more than jump on the class action lawsuit against Sony. Cause Sony as a company owes us nothing for free except the fraud department programs they are giving us. I personally have canceled my card. But for you to sit there and act like they have been down for the past year is a travesty. why don't you just jump on the band wagon of people switching to xbox. The only thing that Sony owes us is a little edited gratitude if you ask me.

Comment by: plazma247 (May 02, 2011 19:23)

@ everyone, before the thread gets shut down completely due to a flame war... dont take things so personally, to be honest im finding it strange that most of the people jumpin in to defend sonys part are mostly all Unverified new user's...

Keep it clean people and consider this, detached from what caused the hack or the hack its self, sonys days of silence before disclosure was unacceptable and caused massive financial impact..

PSN is back and now its seen as a war of damage limitation, people will soon lose interest and look to other things. But it will take a long long time to change public's perception of them back to where it was before all this....

and for sony, if its really true (and its looking very very much like it is) that the cc numbers have been sold, this is far from the end of it, im pretty sure that across the world they will see swarms of legal cases... its the cost of this that immediately is going to hurt the most financially.

Comment by: Smacks (May 02, 2011 21:03)

Glad to hear that PSN will be back up again soon. It will be nice to eventually know the extent of data that was stolen from Sony and its consumers.

Comment by: 2dogsfighting71 (May 02, 2011 21:11)

Originally posted by Smacks:
Glad to hear that PSN will be back up again soon. It will be nice to eventually know the extent of data that was stolen from Sony and its consumers.

Agreed. It'd be nice to know how soon as well.


Comment by: phade3 (May 02, 2011 23:27)

Originally posted by psn outrage:
Originally posted by dude845:
that is pretty sad that it's only 30 days of free premium. If anything they should give it for at least a year..

they dont have to give u edited for content


You're right and we as consumers do not have to spend out money with Sony either !

Comment by: xnmalletx (May 02, 2011 23:43)

unverified sony employee's???

Comment by: Anonymous User (May 03, 2011 00:20)

Originally posted by dude845:
that is pretty sad that it's only 30 days of free premium. If anything they should give it for at least a year..

The network was only out for two weeks and you want theme to give out a full year of Playstation plus just be glad there giving out a month. How selfish of you

Comment by: cazer (May 03, 2011 03:49)

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Originally posted by Demonlegonddavid:
U people just need to get over it thay did not ask for this to happen it just happened. Sony is being nice enough to give u 30 days of psn+ for free and thay dont have to

Actually, Sony did ask for this to happen...first they asked for the Anonymous attack by going after graf and geohot, then they asked for the deep attack by calling the Anonymous attacks, "an inconvenience".

Sony can shove their PSN+ and their "free" content...I highly doubt sony is going to give away anything that they have to pay a developer for, so that leaves stuff that is essentially advertising (like the free month of PSN+). I bet they will also be "giving away" free 1-month trials of netflix (the same ones that netflix gives for free anyway).

There is only one thing that I would actually be willing to buy from the PSN, and it isn't released yet. On top of that, I think I would rather give money to terrorists than Sony at this point, and on top of that, I would have to drive to the store and buy a PSN card because there is no way in h**l that I can trust sony with a credit card number...and on top of all that, I still couldn't buy anything on there because the TOS says that Sony can block me from redownloading or even from using content that is already downloaded...so that isn't a purchase or even a lease...it is a rental.


thats just like saying that anyone that has had a crime committed against them was asking for it. a crime was committed. no if's and's or but's about it. sony is a victim because it was sony's data that was stolen. yes it may have been your info but you gave it to sony of your own free will. you can say you had to so you could play online but you had a choice to buy the ps3 and to play online. its that simple. sony and everyone that gave them info is a victim. if a crime was not committed then the info would have not gotten out. a crime is what the law of the land says is a crime and by that i mean the courts. courts have the finale say about the law. if the courts back sony up then they did nothing wrong. if the courts say they did do something wrong then sony should pay but not by haveing a crime committed against them. are we really playing two wrongs make a right? we also dont know what sony put in place to safe gaurd are info. its not like this has only happend to sony. as i have said before a lock only keeps an honest person honest.

Comment by: xboxdvl2 (May 03, 2011 06:24)

sony treated a couple of hackers like dogs and got bitten by bigger hackers.the hackers responsible might not even distribute the data/info they stole.they might not even run up credit card charges on other peoples credit cards.they set out to ruin sonys reputation and they have.

as for locks if someone says there lock cant be picked or undone without a key i will try and might even unlock it without a key.I wont rob them or steal there stuff i will just undo the lock to show them how easy it is and that they need to improve security so someone with more experience doesnt rob them (might of been what the hackers did).

as for the courts they dont always do whats right.the law and the justice system isnt always fair either.


married to my car and computer.both of them have problems.

Comment by: cazer (May 03, 2011 08:48)

Originally posted by xboxdvl2:
sony treated a couple of hackers like dogs and got bitten by bigger hackers.the hackers responsible might not even distribute the data/info they stole.they might not even run up credit card charges on other peoples credit cards.they set out to ruin sonys reputation and they have.

as for locks if someone says there lock cant be picked or undone without a key i will try and might even unlock it without a key.I wont rob them or steal there stuff i will just undo the lock to show them how easy it is and that they need to improve security so someone with more experience doesnt rob them (might of been what the hackers did).

as for the courts they dont always do whats right.the law and the justice system isnt always fair either.

true the courts may not do whats right or fair all the time. but they usually have the final say.

Comment by: Jemborg (May 03, 2011 16:52)

Sony is the victim? Ahahaha.

I am incredulous at the number of starry eyed enthusiasts on this thread. If I didn't know any better I would have assumed it was a bunch of tweenies at a Justin Beaver concert.

Hey, if you think that Sony don't owe anyone an apology then tell that to their CEOs who are doing just that at packed press conferences.

A month of PSN+... is that the best reach-around they can offer? Yeah, you like it baby, don't you... want more?


Originally posted by KillerBug:

If I had to pick one thing that I really hate, it wouldn't be OtherOS removal, banning accounts for CFWs, the geohot lawsuit, or even the lack of security over my confidential information. It is graf...he is as far from the piracy scene as possible; innocent of any wrongdoing whatsoever. Yet, he has had his house raided multiple times and has essentially been muzzled. I had problems with Sony before this, but this was just too much...when they stopped him from expressing himself, they stepped out of the video game/computer realm, and into the realm of government fascism (in Germany no less). Maybe I have just watched the history channel a little bit too much...but when the Japanese and Germans get together and start sending shock troops into the homes of innocent civilians, I get the feeling that worse things are on the horizon.

In a nutshell.


Its a lot easier being righteous than right.


Comment by: hglez86 (May 03, 2011 17:16)

oh man! now I wish I had a psn account!!!... not!... there has always been a way people in power think they can control people... by giving people a little taste of what they could have and then once they have people with them they give them nothing... there's a saying in spanish ("dar atole con el dedo") atole being from what i understand cornmeal, the idea is that they feed you with one finger something that is pretty much liquid, so you are only getting a taste of what you could be getting... and about the people talking about rape being provoked, real rapes can't be all generalized, but in the case of Sony i think they wore a belt like mini skirt, no blouse and tiny bra... and started yelling in the middle of the night that they were needy while lying on the ground... and i won't go on with that or i might be banned... pretty much what i mean is that they did ask for it and i wish i had the skills those people have, not to hurt the users but to give sony what it deserves... maybe if they had installed Linux servers they would have had more security... but who knows, maybe they also blocked the other OS function on their servers hahaha...


X_x

Comment by: Anonymous User (May 06, 2011 21:04)

Originally posted by JayDug:
People aren't happy with something and always want more lmao. It's sad how people act when something like this happens and blames the company. Sure..they should of been more secure to begin with. But they weren't so get over it. Stuff happens. Hopefully the person(s) that did this will get caught and the hammer brought down on them. So the ones who are mad cuz its been down for a couple weeks..GET OVER IT! Learn to have a little patience and quit being so greedy.

lol this is completely sonys fault we have the right to flame them. 1. they should not pick fights with hackers who do have power, without making sure they cannot be harmed in anyway.
2. the people they higher will be inadequate in the end, the bad hackers are always a few steps ahead of the good ones.

Comment by: Anonymous User (May 09, 2011 03:38)

All things considered, i am kind of bummed about the whole ordeal. However, I can do other things rather than just playing online all day. I HAVE A LIFE!!! That and i can cancel my debit card, this isnt a big deal. All things considered, I think the individuals running the network are being quite considerate with this situation, they could just not give you anything and not shutdown the network to strengthen the security of your personal information. Its not going to be down forever, now change your diapers and put on your big boy pant... ^-^

Comment by: plazma247 (May 09, 2011 08:17)

So will the users still get their free month of psn+ or is that going to get upgraded now its still not back..?

Comment by: hglez86 (May 09, 2011 09:06)

i don't think they are "upgrading" their security or "giving" stuff for "free" to people just from the kindness of their heart... they know they screwed up at what ever level you want to say they did, still a screw up and now i think they know that money (notice how i did not say customers) could be lost big time... so as good marketers they are, they know that in order to deceive people into staying they must lure them to it... so i think there is no such thing as Phony being nice... only market-smart.


X_x

Comment by: HeriqueGB (May 09, 2011 09:48)

I am fuming with rage, never before have i been so angry, i have been playing call of duty since i have been in nappies (i still currently wear nappies) I have been playing black ops for a total time of 16 days and my KD ratio is below 1 and my win to loss ratio is 0.52.... bring back my beloved psn or you will be recieving a letter of complaint from my dearest boyfriend armani300 (add him on psn)

Yours sincerely, Henrique (P.S. I'm gay)

Comment by: aztecs619 (May 09, 2011 15:11)

Originally posted by dude845:
that is pretty sad that it's only 30 days of free premium. If anything they should give it for at least a year..

dude your right but it may come in the tues or wednesday. they are this work what to said and give up more than lot of stuff because if you go play station home there lot of people talk about the error or the hack that did in april 20?


LOL OMG THE PLAYSTATION NETWORK IS COMING BACK THIS SUNDAY HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH PLAYSTATION RULERS

   

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