The myriad of cyber attacks of recent months in the wake of the PlayStation Network breach continue with the latest victim being Sega. The gaming network called Sega Pass, which includes its gaming forums and press resources websites got hacked yesterday, with the company sending out emails this morning to its Sega Pass users to confirm the network breach.
It seems like every week Sony manages to stay in the news not so much for its awesome gaming products but for its security breaches. The PlayStation Network woes may be over for now, but just last Thursday, Sony Pictures was attacked by hackers. Today, Sony confirmed the attack and gave some figures on the damage.
If you are a PlayStation 3 fan that likes to play online games and peruse the PlayStation Store online, you have been waiting for a while now for Sony to get back to business as usual. The PSN is finally back up but so far the Store has remained down. Part of the "sorry we let you info get stolen, don’t leave us for Xbox" swag that Sony is offering up are a couple free games for PS3 users and lots of folks have virtual money burning a hole in their pocket and are wanting to spend that loot as fast as possible.
Welcome to another edition of the SlashGear Week in Review! Monday Seagate unveiled a cool new external storage device that has 500GB packed inside called the GoFlex Satellite. The device will allow you to connect with your iPad via WiFi and stream content and more. A German TV network built up a life-size version of Angry Birds in Spain. They even had a live jazz band playing the game theme song.
Just when you think Sony's woes are about over as they've begun restoring the PlayStation Network, and soon the PlayStation store, they hit another embarrassing bump in the road. This time, thankfully, it's not the PSN again. Instead, it's Sony Japan's internet service provider, So-Net.
Sony's CEO, Howard Stringer, did several interviews today, with Bloomberg, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He said that Sony is no closer to finding the culprit behind the attack, and is focusing on security challenges ahead. He told Bloomberg, "Nobody's system is 100 percent secure. This is a hiccup in the road to a network future." The PlayStation Network went down on April 20th, and only came back online on Saturday. Sony is still working to sort out issues with the Network and to regain its users' trust.
Sony has admitted that it will like be the end of the week before the PlayStation Network will be online again, further frustrating impatient gamers. According to Sony's Patrick Seybold, senior director of corporate comms. and social media, "it will likely be at least a few more days" before the systems are back, having been hacked in late April.
Sony had promised a phased return of their PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, with portions of the systems back online by last week. But, after their Sony Online Entertainment portal also got hacked along with newly discovered security issues and a threat of another possible attack this past weekend, all their networks remain offline as of today.
Once again, we attempt to bring you a roundup of the week's tech news in under 6 minutes. The chaos of the Sony PlayStation Network breach continued into this past week. Apple unleashed an iOS update that addressed most of the location tracking concerns. Intel made their biggest announcement of the year with a new 22-nm 3D Tri-Gate transistor technology that really puts it ahead of the competition. Other major announcements came from the BlackBerry World conference as well as from a Samsung event. For the full list and video continue after the cut.