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PlayStation Network stays offline as Sony discovers yet more issues

PlayStation Network stays offline as Sony discovers yet more issues

By now, Sony had hoped to have PlayStation Network users back online, gaming away merrily to make up for all that lost time. Unfortunately neither the PSN nor Qriocity media streaming services are functioning yet; according to Sony, they're "still working to confirm the security of the network infrastructure, as well as working with a variety of outside entities to confirm with them of the security of the system." In short: you'll have to wait some more.

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Sony CEO apologizes for PSN breach: Free identity theft protection detailed

Sony CEO apologizes for PSN breach: Free identity theft protection detailed

Sony CEO Howard Stringer has published a public letter of apology for the PlayStation Network hack crisis, announcing the first aspect of Sony's promised compensation for US PSN users and Qriocity subscribers. Sony is offering 12 months subscription to Debix's AllClear ID Plus service, which includes monitoring and surveillance of potential fraudulent activity, priority access to identity theft restitution services, and a $1m identity theft insurance policy per user.

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Sony Responds to the House of Representatives Hearing on Data Theft

Sony Responds to the House of Representatives Hearing on Data Theft

The attack on Sony's Playstation Network is getting serious attention from the U.S. House of Representatives today, as the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade held a hearing today. The subject? “The Threat of Data Theft to American Consumers.” Sony had declined to appear at the hearing, but Kazuo Hirai, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sony Computer Entertainment America, has sent in written responses to questions posed by the subcommittee. We have followed the PSN story very closely, as Sony has struggled to deal with the "very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack" on its network.

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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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Sony defends sluggish PSN leak warnings; Some PSN services back “within a week”

Sony defends sluggish PSN leak warnings; Some PSN services back “within a week”

After admitting that the personal details of the 42m+ PlayStation Network users have been leaked, Sony has argued that it couldn't warn subscribers of potential data loss when the system was first taken down because it took "outside experts" to confirm it. According to Nick Caplin, SCEE's head of comms, the delay involved in "forensic analysis" explains why it took the company so long to warn users that their information had been compromised.

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Sony admits PSN hacked: No restore date in sight

Sony admits PSN hacked: No restore date in sight

Sony has admitted that "an external intrusion" is responsible for the PlayStation Network downtime, which began last week and has continued throughout the weekend. The exact nature of the attack has not been identified, but forced Sony to take both the PSN and its Qriocity media streaming services offline late on Wednesday evening. Work is now underway to rebuild the PSN with "additional security" according to a company spokesperson.

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Qriocity Music Bringing Unlimited Music to Sony’s PSP

Qriocity Music Bringing Unlimited Music to Sony’s PSP

Even if some companies out there believe that unlimited music for a monthly subscription-style fee isn't the best bet, there's plenty of other companies out there who would disagree. And plenty of consumers who would, too. If you own a PSP, you're about to get your own taste of the subscription-based music platform yourself, as the upcoming software update to the PSP, and PlayStation 3, isn't just about the movies. It's also bringing Qriocity's Music Unlimited service to the portable gaming platform.

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