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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 ‘Welcome Back’ Compensation Detailed

PlayStation Network ‘Welcome Back’ Compensation Detailed

The PlayStation Network is now back up in North America, parts of Europe and the MIddle East, starting this past Saturday when Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai sent out a video message announcing the good news. Now, Sony has gone further to detail their 'Welcome Back' package or 'make good' offer for their PSN members that includes free games, movies, and access to PlayStation Plus.

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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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PSN password reset surge triggers further downtime

PSN password reset surge triggers further downtime

The PlayStation Network may be back online in many regions - North America and locations in Europe and the Middle East got the green light this weekend - but that still doesn't necessarily mean gamers can access the service. According to Sony, the huge number of people resetting their passwords has caused ISPs to throttle the confirmation emails automatically sent out.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 15, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – May 15, 2011

This past week's Google I/O developer conference brought lots of Google news involving Android, Google Music Beta, Google TV, Android Market, and Chromebooks. The keynotes for both days of the event were live casted, but just in case you weren't following along, we've highlighted them again. Various bits of news and videos were released this week from manufacturers Samsung, LG, and HTC, while a surprise announcement came late Saturday from Sony announcing that they've begun restoring the PlayStation Network.

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PlayStation Network service spreads: UK, Middle East, more

PlayStation Network service spreads: UK, Middle East, more

It's not just North America getting some PlayStation Network and Qriocity service this weekend. Sony has taken to Twitter to confirm that phase one of the restoration is now rolling out in the UK, Ireland and the Middle East, as the company brings the reinforced servers back online.

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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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PlayStation Network is back online [Video]

PlayStation Network is back online [Video]

Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation Network is coming back online, with a mandatory system software update (v3.61) for PS3 consoles before they can rejoin the PSN. The phased update has now spread across North American and Europe, though there may be some delay as servers repopulate. Plus, Sony's Kazuo Hirai has shared a video message about the restoration, which you can see after the cut.

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Leaked Letter from Sony Reveals More Details About PlayStation Network Hack

Leaked Letter from Sony Reveals More Details About PlayStation Network Hack

We have had a lot of news over the past 23 days about the hack and closure of Sony's PlayStation Network, but there are still a lot of questions over what exactly happened. Sony said in its letter to Congress that the attack was a “very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack”. And it certainly has set Sony back on its heels, with the network still down, and Sony still struggling to clean up the mess the hack has caused, and losing the trust of its users. Now, a letter sent from Sony to publishers of the PlayStation Network and Qriocity yesterday has been leaked, and we have a few more details about what happened.

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PSN outage bites as angry gamers defect to Xbox

PSN outage bites as angry gamers defect to Xbox

Gamers are not generally a patient lot, and they are unforgiving when it comes to errors and issues with a game. When an outage like the PSN being down for so long in the wake of the attacks on Sony servers drags on and no online games can be played patients is as thin as the emperor's new clothes. Sony has apologized for the outage and has noted that it will launch PSN service again as soon as possible, but gamers are apparently fed up with the wait.

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