PlayStation Network

Sony Online Entertainment Offline During Hacker Investigation

Sony Online Entertainment Offline During Hacker Investigation

Ruh roh! Looks like Sony might again be suffering from security breakdown fever. I'm sure you're aware of the PlayStation Network debacle that's recently soured the early afternoon activities of thousands of gamers across the world - if not, take a peek at SG Comics from this morning: it'll explain everything. Then today's attack appears to have targeted Sony Online Entertainment and 12,700 credit card numbers may well be being used to purchase electronics by villains!

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SG Comics Presents: PlayStation Network Outage

SG Comics Presents: PlayStation Network Outage

The PlayStation Network outage looks to be resolved soon with the latest response from Sony stating that services will start coming back this week. Many PSN subscribers were upset with the situation, both frustrated at Sony's delay in response and at the hackers responsible. However, many couldn't help but aim their anger at Sony, with reports claiming 1 out of 5 would switch to the Xbox. Nonetheless, will Sony's response be enough for PSN subscribers and will they be able to regain trust? For both panels of this week's comic, continue after the cut.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 1, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 1, 2011

This week was heavy on developments in the smartphone location tracking controversy that now involves not only Apple and Google, but all six major players in mobile platforms including Microsoft, Nokia, HP, and RIM. Not only are there class-action lawsuits, but Congress is also stepping in with the House Committee on Privacy seeking some answers. Another topic heavy with new developments was Sony's PlayStation network outage, which continues to leave its over 70 million subscribers without service and possibly with compromised personal information and credit card data. For the full list and video, continue after the cut.

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PlayStation Network and Qriocity back online from this week; Compensation detailed

PlayStation Network and Qriocity back online from this week; Compensation detailed

Sony has confirmed that it will begin a phased restoration of PlayStation Network and Qriocity streaming services this week, rolling out region by region, and bringing back newly-strengthened online gaming, music downloads, PlayStation Home access and more. Meanwhile Sony has also detailed its "complimentary offering and "welcome back" appreciation program" with which it hopes to sooth frustrated PSN users.

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PlayStation Network And Qriocity Services Questions And Answers

PlayStation Network And Qriocity Services Questions And Answers

Sony's PlayStation Network breach saga continues, having left customers without PSN service for over a week and now with possibly compromised credit card information. Sony claims the credit card information is encrypted, but that doesn't stop claims that the hackers have gotten to it and already offering it up for sale. There are surely many many questions PSN users have for Sony, and in response they have posted a Q&A list yesterday and one more today.

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PlayStation Network credit card data reportedly up for sale warn security experts

PlayStation Network credit card data reportedly up for sale warn security experts

Sony's PlayStation Network headaches continue, with security researchers claiming that the hackers who broke into the company's databases are offering to sell credit card numbers stolen from PSN users. Trend Micro threat researcher Kevin Stevens, reports the NYTimes, says that not only are the hackers seeking in excess of $100,000 for the database - which Sony has insisted is encrypted, but which other security experts warn may too have been infiltrated - but that they even offered it back to Sony.

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Sony moving PSN data center in hack response

Sony moving PSN data center in hack response

Sony still refuses to detail the exact exploit used to hack the PlayStation Network and its Qriocity streaming service, but has admitted that as well as updating the software security of the network, it is physically "moving our network infrastructure and data center to a new, more secure location." The changes are part of a number of steps Sony has been forced to take after reportedly pulling down the PSN after rampant piracy took hold.

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PSN breach could cost Sony $24B

PSN breach could cost Sony $24B

The Sony Playstation Network or PSN has been offline for a while now. At first users were irritated that they weren't able to play online games and watch movies via Netflix. As the outage drug on things started to look worse with Sony hinting early on that the breach was believed to have been caused by a third party. Things deteriorated when Sony finally admitted there had been a breach, and it was possible that all the user's account data was stolen including the credit card information.

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Sony PSN Outage To Face Its First Class-Action Lawsuit

Sony PSN Outage To Face Its First Class-Action Lawsuit

The Sony PlayStation Network has been down for just about an entire week now with the latest update bringing more alarming news for frustrated customers. Sony admitted to not only an externally hacked network but that possibly over 42 million of its user's personal details have been leaked. Their apologies and explanations for the delayed response in warning customers will do little to prevent the likely onslaught of legal backlash. In fact, the first class-action lawsuit has already been filed.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, April 27th 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up, April 27th 2011

Good morning, or good afternoon to you all, depending on where you abide. It's been another busy morning at SlashGear, and we have lots of news to wrap up for you. Verizon's 4G LTE network is down nationwide, relegating those with a 4G hotspot or an HTC Thunderbolt to 1x speeds, but don't worry, there is a workaround. Also Sony defends its handling of the PSN hack, and the sluggish pace of getting information to customers. Acer comes out with not one but two 3D devices, and Nintendo lets us know that sales of its 3DS are "weaker than expected". After hearing that sales of the 3DS set records, we wonder if we can ever believe earnings reports. Much more news to wrap up, and A NEW GIVEAWAY after the cut.

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