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Sony PSN users can now sign up for identity theft protection offer

Sony PSN users can now sign up for identity theft protection offer

Users of the Sony PlayStation Network have had a bad month or so now. First, a hack took the system offline. Later we learned that just about all the data users put into their accounts had been stolen, and then when Sony put up a way for users to change passwords to secure their accounts again the method used was flawed and open to hacks. Sony announced as a way to soothe the angry PSN users that it would be offering free games and free identity protection for users.

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PlayStation Store To Be Back Online May 24th

PlayStation Store To Be Back Online May 24th

Despite a cheerful announcement last Saturday from Sony exec Kazuo Hirai that the PlayStation Network was back online, the network had another hiccup when reports found that its password resetting process had a security loophole. Sony has since resolved the issue, but has yet to confirm when the PlayStation Store will be back online. An intercepted memo that Sony sent to game developers and publishing partners now reveals that the PlayStation Store should return by next Tuesday, May 24th.

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Sony PlayStation Network suffers new hack

Sony PlayStation Network suffers new hack

Sony's PlayStation Network woes continue, with the company's own password reset system - a mandatory step in getting back online after Sony restored PSN services at the weekend - turning out to be a loophole for account theft. Resetting a password required just a PSN account email and the user's date of birth, Nyleveia spotted: two elements that were among the data stolen in the original hack back in April.

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Sony’s Stringer Calls PlayStation Network Outage a “Hiccup”

Sony’s Stringer Calls PlayStation Network Outage a “Hiccup”

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.

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PlayStation Network Restoration Q&A

PlayStation Network Restoration Q&A

The PlayStation Network went back online on Saturday, so PlayStation fans can again play video games online. Sony is also working on getting the password reset problem sorted. But the service is far from being completely restored. The PlayStation Store, for example, is still behind on updates. Full information on the Welcome Back Package, and the ID theft protection Sony is offering is still to come also. Today, Sony published a new Q&A on its official PlayStation blog answering some questions and promising answers to others "soon".

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Sony’s Next PSN Challenge: Restoring Reputation

Sony’s Next PSN Challenge: Restoring Reputation

After weeks of downtime, governmental scrutiny and untold user fury, Sony has finally begun to restore PlayStation Network and Qriocity streaming media services. It's not been an easy journey, either: it wasn't just server failure that took the PSN offline, but a security breach that saw millions of consumer records snatched out from under Sony's nose. With only the slightest publicly-released information to go on, systems experts have looked on in horror as Sony took a forced deep-dive through server strata, uncovering the flaws - in its data centers and its ego - that allowed the hack to take place. Still, Sony may find that restoring the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services were the easy part - rebuilding its ailing reputation may be far trickier.

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