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Sony responds: PSN phased restoration this week, new security, required software update

Posted by DEVIL on May 1, 2011 at 11:55 AM


After more than a week offline, Sony announced today that it will shortly begin a phased restoration by region for PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. The first services to return will be gaming, music, and video. There are no specific dates at this time, but Sony said the services will be available this week.



Sony announced the planned restoration via a press release. The initial phase will include:



* Restoration of online game-play across the PlayStation 3 and PSP systems, including games requiring online verification and downloadable games.


*Access to Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity.


* Access to account management and password reset


* Access to download un-expired Movie Rentals on PS3, PSP, and MediaGo


* PlayStation Home


* Friends List


* Chat Functionality.



Sony also laid out its plan for immediate steps to enhance security across the network. Since hackers attacked Sony’s data-center in San Diego, the company has worked closely with outside security firms and has implemented significant security measures. Sony has also created the position of Chief Information Security Officer, who reports directly to Shinji Hasajima, chief information officer of Sony Corporation.



Additional security measures include:



* Added automated software monitoring and configuration management to help defend against new attacks


* Enhanced levels of data protection and encryption


* Enhanced ability to detect software intrusions within the network, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns


* Implementation of additional firewalls



Additionally, Sony moved its system to a new data center in a different location, which has been under construction and development for several months. A PS3 system software update will require all registered PSN users to change their account passwords before signing into the network. Your password may only be changed on the same PS3 in which that account was activated, or through validated email confirmation, what Sony considers a “critical step to help further protect customer data.”



“This criminal act against our network had a significant impact not only on our consumers, but our entire industry. These illegal attacks obviously highlight the widespread problem with cyber-security. We take the security of our consumers’ information very seriously and are committed to helping our consumers protect their personal data. In addition, the organization has worked around the clock to bring these services back online, and are doing so only after we had verified increased levels of security across our networks,” said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation. “Our global audience of PlayStation Network and Qriocity consumers was disrupted. We have learned lessons along the way about the valued relationship with our consumers, and to that end, we will be launching a customer appreciation program for registered consumers as a way of expressing our gratitude for their loyalty during this network downtime, as we work even harder to restore and regain their trust in us and our services.”

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1:05 PM on May 1, 2011 
O great' Finally :)
Reply Terrorized666
5:28 PM on May 1, 2011 
So the next time that I turn on my system, its going to say that it has to update?
*Goes and turns on the PS3*
Nope, not yet.