Sony have been fined over the 2011 incidents that saw the PSN hacked by outsiders and millions of consumers' secure data breached and compromised.
The UK Information Commissioners Office stated at the time that there would be an investigation into the "external intrusions", and they settled on £250,000 fine this week, labelling the crisis the "most serious breach" they've ever had to deal with, and releasing a video statement on the matter this morning.Click here for the video and Sony's response >>
The PSN is out of action once again, with the Sony tech team working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Usually, when Sony have had scheduled maintenance to do, they have been quite specific with communicating the downtime. This is not a scheduled session though which means there's no clear time-frame as to when we can expect to get back online. Worryingly, this is affecting the servers worldwide.
So what problems will this cause you? You can't sign-in to the PSN (you'll be greeted with the error code: 80710A06), so you can't get access to the PSN Store or the Qriocity service. More importantly, you can't play any games online, particularly annoying if you're in the middle of reviewing SOCOM: Special Forces. If you have any pending downloads they will at least carry on downloading, handy if you're trying to download that 870MB Battlefield 3 video.
The hacker cabal, Anonymous, who emerged in the wake of George 'Geohot' Hotz' bitter legal feud over hacking the PS3's firmware, have promised their "movement does not end here" after a planned protest of Sony Center stores - which had the Japanese manufacturer hiring police forces for protection - ended up in embarrassment, with a scant few members sheepishly arriving for the proposed sit-in.More inside
George 'GeoHot' Hotz has finally spoken out on yesterday's reports that he had fled the US to South America to avoid a court-ordered seizure of his hard drives in the well-publicised court battle with Sony. His response? "ROFL."
No, really.Hit the jump to see what GeoHot had to say...
With a lawsuit ongoing between Sony and George 'Geohot' Hotz over the latter's firmware exploit of the PS3 system, leaving it wide open for rampant piracy, the Japanese giant have taken the first steps towards repairing the damage, with today's firmware update 3.60 supposedly re-securing the PS3, patching up the gaping security holes Hotz and other hackers exploited to their advantage. And it's not Sony championing this; it's another PS3 hacker.Who could it be? More inside
Killzone 3 isn't even out yet - it hits store shelves on Friday - but already developers Guerrilla have detailed a lengthy day zero patch to alleviate any last-minute issues, presumably gleaned from the Open Beta. The patch includes increasing and decreasing the power and spread of a few select weapons, ironing out kinks in the presentation, and ensuring network stability. But what's most intriguing is the inclusion of "enhanced security features included to deter cheating".
What does this mean? Click here to find out!
We've been covering George Hotz, aka Geohot, since he cracked the PS3's firmware wide open. Since then, he's been embroiled in a hefty court case with Sony who - understandably - want Hotz punished for his actions. Hotz, on the other hand, has stood firm on his side of the matter, firmly in the belief that he did nothing wrong. I can't lie, his casual bravado in the face of law suits and the might of Sony is impressive, and now Hotz is asking for donations to his cause so he can "face Sony with some of the hardest hitting lawyers in the business".Can Hotz win? Click here to find out! Sort of.
Welcome, fellow Dealspwners. I see you're not celebrating Valentines with a candlelit dinner or romantic stroll; or maybe you are, and you just decided to tune into our daily news roundup? I'm touched if you did. But I am afraid our resident news expert, Jon, is busy today planning and executing all manner of romantic deeds. He puts the rest of us to shame - I'm taking the missus to Krispy Kreme, which is the extent of my romantic ability.
But fret not, as I have swiped Jon's all-seeing videogame orb, a hallowed artifact he gazes into with clairvoyant glee to suss out the day's events. So sit back and enjoy!
Our review for Test Drive Unlimited 2 dropped just this Friday, and already its blazing a trail in the UK charts, usurping last week's victor, Dead Space 2, from the number one spot. Doubling the original Test Drive's release figures, it's also the biggest launch in TDU history and Namco Bandai's first All Formats No. 1 since it gobbled up Atari Europe.
Fans favored the 360 version of TDU 2, with 68% of copies sold on Microsoft's platform compared to the PS3's 28% share and the PC's paltry 4%. Such a successful launch almost guarantees us a Test Drive Unlimited 3, and while I'm not mad for the series I hope Eden Games continue to expand and explore the series' online horizons. It's a much better game when you're free-roaming Ibiza's tropical sprawl with 31 other super cars. [Videogamer]
Now how did this happen? Killzone 3, Sony's premiere shooter, has been leaked onto torrent sites and is probably being downloaded as we speak, two weeks prior to its launch. Weighing in at a hefty 41.4 GB - a rumored non-3D version is only half that size - it's the first time a big PS3 release has found itself leaked online, mere months since George Hotz, aka Geohot, cracked the PS3's firmware, leaving it wide open for rampant piracy.
We don't advocate piracy at Dealspwn. Why would we? We'd be out of a job. And Killzone 3 is shaping up to be a terrific game we wholeheartedly implore you to purchase legally. Why not check out the cheapest pre-order price right here at Dealspwn?[Eurogamer]
The PS2 has just edged past the 150 million mark worldwide. Sony's eleven year old console continues to sell and sell and sell, despite stiff competition from the Wii, the 360 and even its younger sibling, the PS3. It must be making a fortune, when you consider the low production costs and simply gigantic roster of fantastic titles to choose from. Zone of the Enders, how I miss thee.
Sledgehammer Games, who we confirmed would be handling the next entry in the blockbuster Call of Duty series, have - unsurprisingly - revealed they'd like their effort to be quite good. Advertising on their website for a QA Tester, Sledgehammer hope "the candidate will help (Sledgehammer Games) deliver a 95+ rated Call of Duty game, bug free, to meet the high expectations of gamer's today".
It's nice to hear Sledgehammer is intent on delivering a "bug free" experience. Modern Warfare 2, for example, was like an abandoned picnic; simply crawling with game-breaking bugs. I have high hopes for Sledgehammer, actually. I'm hoping they'll attempt to reinvent - or at the very least re-imagine - the Call of Duty franchise, which hasn't really broken from the mold set by Modern Warfare in 2007. [Gamerzines]
I'm sure you're aware of the controversial hidden sex minigame built into GTA: San Andreas, and I'm also sure that most of you couldn't have cared less. Nevertheless, Take Two have finally issued monetary compensation to the blushing prudes that were offended by the inclusion of this shocking (ly tame) content.
According to the class action website, the offended gamers can receive the overwhelming sum of $5 to £35 depending on if they've still got the receipt and original disc. Which is just enough to buy your own hot coffee... or a cheap coffee machine if you're lucky.
Remember Geohot? Legendary hacker George Hotz managed to successfully hack the PS3 a month ago, and Sony are planning to remove Linux support this Thursday as a protective measure against future incursions (regardless about how well-meaning they are). Most gamers won't be affected by the move (and probably won't even notice it), but it's likely to raise the hackles of the homebrew community.
Possibly feeling guilty for the impending removal of the PS3's ability to run other operating systems, Hotz has pleaded for gamers to resist updating the firmware until he's developed a workaround.
"A note to people interested in the exploit and retaining OtherOS support, DO NOT UPDATE. When 3.21 comes out, I will look into a safe way of updating to retain OtherOS support, perhaps something like Hellcat's Recovery Flasher. I never intended to touch CFW, but if that's how you want to play...
Two things, some people seem to think CFW will enable some sort of piracy. It won't. It'll just be a custom version of 3.21 that doesn't lose OtherOS support. Hacking isn't about getting what you didn't pay for, it's about making sure you do get what you did." - George Hotz
He raises a valid point. After all, he's vowed to not enable piracy- rather, he's a supporter of the modding and homebrew community and genuinely cracks consoles for the sake of it.
What're y'all going to do? Update and play online, or hold off and save your Linux support? Do you think Hotz is a cyberspace Robin Hood or just another pirate? Let us know in the comments! [Geohot via Ubergizmo]
The attempted theft of Breach game code from Atomic Games' stall at the Penny Arcade eXpo has ended in an arrest. Apparently, the thief only wanted a copy of the game to play with his friends (rather than corporate espionage), but was subsequently apprehended by Atomic Games and PAX staff.
"This guy had only succeeded in copying about 14MB to his laptop before our staff caught him. Because of the work we do for military and intelligence organizations, we take security issues like this very seriously ... It is fortunate for him that we caught him before any of this ended up on the internet. Many of the hackers who stole Valve's Half-Life 2 code were tracked down by the FBI's Cybercrime Task Force." - Peter Tamte, Atomic Games President
Turns out that crime doesn't pay... but I'm personally more interested in what Atomic Games do for the intelligence services. They spent three years working in top secrecy for the US government developing army training sims- but intelligence organisations? Intriguing. [Joystiq]