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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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Sony Issues Update: PlayStation Network Account Information Compromised

Sony Issues Update: PlayStation Network Account Information Compromised

After many fits and starts, we finally have the real story of the the PlayStation Network outage. We had heard that there was an "external intrusion" into the network, we had heard that there had been rampant piracy, and we had been assured by Anonymous that they had nothing to do with it. Now Sony has issued a statement confirming that user account information has been compromised. See the full statement after the cut.

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Sony pulled PlayStation Network over rampant piracy?

Sony pulled PlayStation Network over rampant piracy?

A new explanation for the ongoing Sony PlayStation Network downtime has been suggested, with claims that Sony has taken the service offline so as to close a loophole that had been responsible for "extreme piracy of PSN content." PSX-Scene's "Chesh" took to Reddit to outline how a new PlayStation 3 custom firmware called Rebug was used by hackers to gain access to the PSN's developer networks. From there, it was possible to input fake credit card information and buy content without ever paying for it.

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PSN Admin Dev Accounts Got Hacked, Source Claims Service To Return By Tuesday

PSN Admin Dev Accounts Got Hacked, Source Claims Service To Return By Tuesday

Sony's PlayStation Network has been down since Wednesday and stayed kaput throughout the weekend. Sony has admitted that the outage was due to their network being hacked but has not given any further details. But now, a source closely connected with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) reports that the attack is much deeper than admitted by Sony. The source claims that the PSN sustained a LOIC attack (which created a denial-of-service attack) that damaged the server. Plus, it received concentrated attacks on the servers holding account information and breached the Admin Dev accounts.

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SlashGear Week in Review – Week 17 2011

SlashGear Week in Review – Week 17 2011

Happy Easter everyone and welcome to this week's edition of the SlashGear Week in Review. With all the legal troubles between Sony and GeoHot behind him George had some loot left over in the legal fund that geeks donated to him to help fight Sony. With that money no longer needed Hotz took the $10,000 and donated it to the EFF and took the chance to laugh at Sony one more time.

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