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 >>
EA's Peter Moore, having outlined a strong digital future for the company at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2012 Global Technology Conference earlier this week, has said that physical retail is still of crucial importance, not only because a number of consumers don't own credit cards, but because people are still incredibly wary following last year's PSN hack.Click here to read more...
A tough call this year. Looking back throughout the year, I’m going with Killzone 3, which I gave a 9/10 rating back in February. Uncharted 3 and Modern Warfare 3 are very close behind and also solid niners.
Killzone 3 benefits from a huge range of improvements. Such as the tweaked cover system and a great story which provided a great platform for a sinister Malcolm McDowell performance. Stealth sections change the pace at just the right times to balance the action-packed shootouts too. Graphically, the game battered the competition, with the snowstorm being a particular highlight. In a quiet year for the PlayStation Move, the device at least proved it in can work well in the FPS genre. With a Killzone game on the way for the Vita, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it take the handheld’s FPS crown too.Click here to read more...
Sony have suggested that PSNgate may have had more of a silver lining than previously anticipated, saying that far from pushing away customers, it instead reignited previously 'dormant' users and has allowed the company to improve the provision of its services across the board.
One would think that dropping the ball in such spectacular fashion as Sony did earlier this year would have been something of a kick in the teeth in terms of consumer confidence, but apparently the adage 'any publicity is good publicity' is more appropriate.Find out how after the jump...
This year's PSN hacking scandal left many Sony customers frightened, confused and frustrated at the apparent ease with which their personal information was compromised. Sony has promised to massively revamp their security in order to ensure that a similar incident won't happen again - and has appointed an senior Homeland Security official as the new Chief Information Security Officer.Click here for the details >>
The Playstation Network crash fiasco is all but over, with Sony picking themselves back up and hoping to move forward. However, shrugging the whole debacle off isn't quite the best way of convincing your fans it won't happen again. Case in point, Sony's president of network entertainment, Tim Schaaff, who during an interview with GamesBeat dubbed PSNgate a "really good time."Click here for more
The dust has finally settled on the disastrous Playstation Network crash, and with the service back up and running, Sony can finally look to move forward. It's effects were massive, however; I've met several gamers who've moved on to Xbox 360 since PSN's almost month long hiatus. Sony, though, is adamant the company can recover, and claim over 90% of regular PSN users have returned.Click here for more
In a surprising turn of events, Nintendo has reported its US-based servers suffered an attack from hackers a few weeks back. But don't fret; no customer data or confidential information was stolen. Nintendo's security weathered the assault, which is sure to incite much debate between the stability of their network in comparison to Sony's, which crumbled under a similar attempt.Click here for more
It's taken a little longer than expected, but the Playstation Network will be "fully restored" by the end of the week, according to Sony. This includes restoration of service in the Americas, Europe, PAL regions and Asia within five days. However, this deadline excludes Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea.Click here for more
If you purchased DIRT 3 in the hope of trading quips and mud online with some pals, you might have to wait a while. If you bought it for the Playstation 3, that is. DIRT 3's online requires a VIP code only available from the Playstation Store; which, as well know, is still down. We'd hoped it might be up at some point this week, and it still could be, but for now at least, PS3 owners of DIRT 3 will have to make do with the offline portion. Which according to Josh is very, very good.
"It is a really unfortunate situation," laments Codemasters communications manager, Andy Gray - so that's where he turned up - who reveals the team is holding out for a PS Store revival very soon. "But we are positive that everything is being done to rectify the service as soon as possible". Thankfully, Codemasters have packed DIRT 3 with content, and I'm pretty certain the Playstation Store will be up by next week, if not the end of this week. [Eurogamer]
The Playstation Network is slowly getting back to its feet, but the repercussions are still being felt, none more so than Sony themselves, who today released a statement admitting the crash may have cost the company £105 million. Sony have yet to identify the source of the crash - although have confirmed an outside source, possibly disgruntled hackers, are responsible - which left the Playstation Network down for 25 days.Click here for more from Sony
The Playstation Network is back up and running - for now. And to celebrate its return, Sony are offering Killzone 3 regulars the chance to stockpile XP for a day or two, with a double XP weekend planned for... right now! It'll last until Monday evening, so flick on that dust-loving behemoth, boot up Guerrilla's action-packed shooter and reap the rewards.
Killzone 3's double XP weekend is the latest in a slew of rewards and incentives showered upon us by the hugely apologetic Sony. Black Ops is already in the midst of a two-day double XP haul itself. And it shows no signs of stopping, with Sony promising "even more" is on the way at "a later date". So along with double XP weekends, free games and the like, what else can Sony offer us to wash away the bitter, bitter taste of PSNgate? [Joystiq]
Gamers have been united in their aggravation over the continued absence of the Playstation Store... but spare some thought for the studios that rely on it as a primary source of income. Naturally, everyone's delighted that the marketplace will be returning to life within the next week or so, but many developers believe that Sony's rushed schedule and their peace offering of free games will damage sales and exposure of their new titles. We have the full details below.Click here for the quotes and details >>
Gamers and third party publishers alike have been anxiously awaiting the return of the Playstation Store, which has stubbornly remained offline since last month's successful hacking attempt. There now appears to be a light at the end of the tunnel, as Gamasutra have reportedly gotten their hands on a leaked internal memo to Sony's distribution partners that puts an ETA on the server reboot.
According to the memo, the Playstation Store will be brought back online on May 24th, with the first store update adding marketplace content that was originally scheduled for April 26th.
We thank you for your patience as we work to resume service of the PlayStation Store.
If there are concerns, we are willing to consider adjusting the release date of your content on this schedule. Adjustments will be made on a case by case basis. - Sony Content Manager Jack Osorno
However, the memo doesn't detail whether Sony plans to compensate or reimburse the publishers and developers who rely on the store as a primary source of income - and who have incurred massive losses due to the server shutdown. Watch this space.
Just when we were starting to trust again, Nyleveia.com has revealed an exploit on Sony's official PSN website that could potentially allow unscupulous users to change a PSN account password simply by providing a valid user name and date of birth. Both of which, as you know, were compromised as part of the stolen personal information gleaned by the hackers behind the recent PSN outage. Nyleveia apparently contacted Sony as soon as they discovered the exploit, and the password page is now down for maintenance at the time of writing.
Several larger sites have confirmed the story after reviewing video evidence.
Before you start boarding up your doors and windows in a fit of paranoia, note that this exploit may not have been used - and thanks to the heads-up, now definitely won't be. The exploit also doesn't affect PS3 consoles, which still provides the most secure way of changing your password. However, it's the last Sony needs right now, as regaining consumer confidence is absolutely critical over the next few days.
Be sure to change the email address associated with your account just in case.
It would seem that the Japanese government remains sceptical in the fading embers of PSNgate, having barred Sony from resuming normal online service in Japan until officials are happy that the security measures being implemented are fully up to scratch.
Speaking to Dow Jones, a Japanese regulatory official - Kazushige Nobutani, Director of the Media and Content Industry at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (try putting that on a badge) - outlined two specific areas of concern that would require further explanation from Sony before the PSN is fully restored.Click here to find out why the PSN is still a no-go in Japan at the moment...
The release of mandatory firmware update v. 3.61 - a PS3 update which makes a password change compulsory upon restoration of the PlayStation Network - has heralded the first realised steps of the PSN's return.
Sony announced in the early hours of the morning that PSN and Qriocity services would be restored in phrases, country by country, starting with the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East, with the return of online multiplayer the highest priority following the firmware update. Indeed, the first phase will look to address the following services:
Announcing the updated restoration plan, Sony's Kaz Hirai took the opportunity to thank PSN users everywhere for their patience during this trying period:
'I can't thank you enough for your patience and support during this time. We know even the most loyal customers have been frustrated by this process and are anxious to use their Sony products and services again. We are taking aggressive action at all levels to address the concerns that were raised by this incident, and are making consumer data protection a full time, company-wide commitment.
'While we understand the importance of getting our services back online, we did not rush to do so at the expense of extensively and aggressively testing our enhanced security measures. Our consumers' safety remains our number one priority.
'We want to assure our customers that their personal information is being protected with some of the best security technologies available today, so that everyone can feel comfortable enjoying all that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have to offer.'
Those security updates now include 'Advanced Security Technology', 'Increased Levels of Encryption', 'Additional Firewalls' and 'Early Warning Systems'.
Sony has confirmed that it expects PSN services to have been fully rolled out once more by the end of May.
Hugs all round then? [PlayStation Blog]
Sony Online Entertainment released a statement yesterday thanking their player base for their patience, and reassuring them that they would be committed to compensation, although the service would remain offline - rendering SOE's MMOs rather unplayable - for 'a few more days'.
In light of the recent outage of Sony Online Entertainment's game services due to April's cyber-attack, we are committed to compensating our loyal player base for the inconvenience caused by the data breach and lost game time while we improve our security measures.
We are currently in the process of an extensive upgrade to our network to further protect your information from future attacks. It will likely be at least a few more days before we restore our services.
This follows SOE's announcement on May 2nd of an intrusion into their systems and the theft of 24.6 million customers personal details. SOE also announced that it 'will provide its U.S.-based Station Account holders with complimentary enrollment in an identity theft protection program through Debix', with similar programmes for Station Account holders outside of the States to be announced once formalised.Click here to see the full list of compensation packages...