Entries in Playstation Network (6)


Hackers Find Another Security Hole in Sony's PlayStation Network

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- Just a few days after Sony began restoring the PlayStation Network because of a massive worldwide security breach, the company learned of a new security hole Wednesday.

As a result, Sony was forced to temporarily take down a Web page where users could reset passwords for their PlayStation accounts, the result of the first security breach discovered about four weeks ago.

Initially, Sony said birth dates, email addresses and perhaps credit card information were compromised because of the hacking of its PlayStation Network, which affected over 100 million users.

Things appeared to get back to normal a few days ago until the new security hole was discovered that could once again enable hackers to get a hold of accounts.

As of late Wednesday, the password reset page remained down, although Sony insisted that the security hole was fixed.

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Game On: Sony Begins Restoring PlayStation Network

Photodisc/Ableimages(TOKYO) -- Gamers can now return to their familiar positions in front of a television screen with controllers in hand, as Sony has announced that restoration of its PlayStation Network has begun.

The restoration comes after the network had been down since April 20, following a criminal cyber-attack on Sony’s data-center located in San Diego, California.

By Sunday morning service had been restored throughout the entire United States and to some other parts of the world, however, the PlayStation store remained offline.

On the PlayStation blog website, the company urged gamers to update the firmware on their PlayStation 3 systems and to change their passwords.

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Sony Hack: Is Another One on the Way?

Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures(NEW YORK) -- As if the recent wave of hacks wasn't enough, Sony might soon be in for another, according to a new report.

Citing an "observer of the Internet Relay Chat channel used by the hackers," the tech site CNET said that a third major hack against Sony has been planned for the weekend of May 7, 2011. According to the report, the hackers plan to not only break into the company's network but to publicize some or all of the information they can grab, including customer names, credit card numbers and addresses.

This latest threat comes two weeks after a network security breach that Sony said might have compromised personal information, including credit card data, for a reported 100 million PlayStation and online gaming customers. On Thursday, Sony CEO Howard Stringer apologized for "the inconvenience and concern caused by this attack."

According to CNET, the hackers behind this latest planned attack say they already have some of Sony's servers under their control.

But Chester Wisniewski, senior security adviser for security firm Sophos Labs, said the report may turn out to be false.

"This might be a baseless rumor," Wisniewski said, adding that he's familiar with the Internet Relay Chat forum and believes it's filled mostly with "bluster."

Still, Wisniewski said, while the recent attacks have been devastating for Sony and its customers (himself included), the company's recent actions made it an attractive target for the hacker community.

In early April, the loosely affiliated international hacker group Anonymous posted a statement online promising Sony that it would experience "the wrath of Anonymous" after Sony took legal action against George Hotz, a PlayStation 3 user. Sony claimed Hotz had broken the law by sharing information on how to hack the system to play pirated videogames, but the two parties later announced that they had settled the matter.

In the past few months, the company further upset “techies” when it revoked the PlayStation 3's ability to run the operating system Linux, according to Wisniewski. Several customers bought the PlayStation 3 specifically for its Linux capabilities, which allowed the system to work as a general computer, he said.

"They certainly have done a lot of things over the years to annoy the most skilled attacker kinds of people," said Wisniewski.

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Sony CEO Issues Apology over Security Breach

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- Sony's president says he's sorry for the security breach that compromised the personal information of millions of users on its PlayStation Network last month.

In a letter posted to Sony's PlayStation blog Thursday, CEO Howard Stringer said he and the company "apologize for the inconvenience and concern caused by this attack."

Stringer said Sony has launched a $1 million identity theft insurance policy to protect American users.  The company is also offering free membership and extended subscriptions related to their PlayStation system.

The PlayStation Network breach in April exposed the personal information of more than 100 million users.

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Sony Links PlayStation Network Breach to Anonymous Hacker Group

Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures(TOKYO) -- Sony says it has uncovered a file that could link the hacker group Anonymous to last month's cyber break-in of their PlayStation Network that put the personal data of millions of its users in jeopardy.

In a letter to Congress, the company said it found a file on its system named "Anonymous" that featured the words "We are Legion," a phrase commonly used by the hacker group.  Anonymous, which was behind cyber attacks on major companies like Mastercard and Visa, denied any involvement in the breach on their website.

The PlayStation Network breach occurred between April 17 and April 19, and compromised the personal information of 77 million users.

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Sony: Some Playstation Network Services to Resume

Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures(TOKYO) -- Sony has some good news for Playstation gamers, as the company announced that some Playstation Network services will resume in the coming week.

Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment International announced Sunday that some steps have been taken to enhance the network’s security and that Playstation Network and Qriocity services such as gaming, music and video services will soon be turned on.

Playstation gamers around the world have been unable to play using the online network since April 20, when the system was shut down following a criminal cyber-attack on Sony’s data-center located in San Diego, California.

The company says personal data of some 77 million customers was accessed by an unauthorized person between April 17 and April 19. Credit card information from some customers may have been accessed; however, the company was unable to confirm whether or not credit card data was taken.

Officials say the FBI is now conducting an investigation into the cyber-attack.

Sony says it also has plans to launch a “Welcome Back” program, which will provide customers around the world with “service options and premium content as an expression of the company’s appreciation for their patience, support and continued loyalty.”

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