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    SOME PLAYSTATION®NETWORK AND QRIOCITY™ SERVICES TO BE AVAILABLE THIS WEEK
    Phased Global Rollout of Services to Begin Regionally;
    System Security Enhanced to Provide Greater Protection of Personal Information

    Tokyo, May 1, 2011 – Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI, the company) announced they will shortly begin a phased restoration by region of PlayStation®Network and Qriocity™ services, beginning with gaming, music and video services to be turned on. The company also announced both a series of immediate steps to enhance security across the network and a new customer appreciation program to thank its customers for their patience and loyalty.

    Following a criminal cyber-attack on the company’s data-center located in San Diego, California, U.S.A., SNEI quickly turned off the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, engaged multiple expert information security firms over the course of several days and conducted an extensive audit of the system. Since then, the company has implemented a variety of new security measures to provide greater protection of personal information. SNEI and its third-party experts have conducted extensive tests to verify the security strength of the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. With these measures in place, SCE and SNEI plan to start a phased rollout by region of the services shortly. The initial phase of the rollout will include, but is not limited to, the following:

    * Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation®3 (PS3) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems
    -This includes titles requiring online verification and downloaded games
    * Access to Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3/PSP for existing subscribers
    * 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

    Working closely with several outside security firms, the company has implemented significant security measures to further detect unauthorized activity and provide consumers with greater protection of their personal information. The company is also creating the position of Chief Information Security Officer, directly reporting to Shinji Hasejima, Chief Information Officer of Sony Corporation, to add a new position of expertise in and accountability for customer data protection and supplement existing information security personnel. The new security measures implemented include, but are not limited to, the following:

    * 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

    The company also expedited an already planned move of the system to a new data center in a different location that has been under construction and development for several months. In addition, PS3 will have a forced system software update that will require all registered PlayStation Network users to change their account passwords before being able to sign into the service. As an added layer of security, that password can only be changed on the same PS3 in which that account was activated, or through validated email confirmation, a critical step to help further protect customer data.

    The company is conducting a thorough and on-going investigation and working with law enforcement to track down and prosecute those responsible for the illegal intrusion.

    “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.”

    :banana::banana::banana: Complimentary Offering and “Welcome Back” Appreciation Program
    While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, the company is committed to helping its customers protect their personal data and will provide a complimentary offering to assist users in enrolling in identity theft protection services and/or similar programs. The implementation will be at a local level and further details will be made available shortly in each region.

    The company will also rollout the PlayStation Network and Qriocity “Welcome Back” program, to be offered worldwide, which will be tailored to specific markets to provide our consumers with a selection of service options and premium content as an expression of the company’s appreciation for their patience, support and continued loyalty.

    Central components of the “Welcome Back” program will include:

    * Each territory will be offering selected PlayStation entertainment content for free download. Specific details of this content will be announced in each region soon.
    * All existing PlayStation Network customers will be provided with 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service. Current members of PlayStation Plus will receive 30 days free service.
    * Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity subscribers (in countries where the service is available) will receive 30 days free service.

    Additional “Welcome Back” entertainment and service offerings will be rolled out over the coming weeks as the company returns the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services to the quality standard users have grown to enjoy and strive to exceed those exceptions. :banana::banana::banana:

    SNEI will continue to reinforce and verify security for transactions before resuming the PlayStation®Store and other Qriocity operations, scheduled for this month.

    For more information about the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services intrusion and restoration, please visit http://blog.us.playstation.com. or http://blog.eu.playstation.com/

    About Sony Corporation
    Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, game, communications, key device and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. With its music, pictures, computer entertainment and on-line businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading electronics and entertainment company in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $78 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010. Sony Global Web Site: http://www.sony.net/

    About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
    Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufactures, distributes and markets the PlayStation® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system and the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) system. PlayStation has revolutionized home entertainment by introducing advanced 3D graphic processing, and PlayStation 2 further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSP is a handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games, with high-quality full-motion video, and high-fidelity stereo audio. PS3 is an advanced computer system, incorporating the state-of-the-art Cell processor with super computer like power. SCEI, along with its subsidiary divisions Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc. develops, publishes, markets and distributes software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI is an independent business unit of the Sony Group.

    Source: http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/...ble-this-week/

    If you were too lazy to read the entire article Read Between the :banana: Damn Straight Sony that's what I've been wanting to know.

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    Boo Sony, but they're bound to start charging on their service once they realize that they aren't making much profit

    thanks for da info

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    PSN is still down, so don't waste your time checking.

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    I see you were too lazy to read the ENTIRE article PSN is going back up Regionally meaning its only up in Certain parts of the World [Like Japan ect.. I Obviously don't have a list of which they are going to Re-build in which Region for PSN]. Go to the Source you'll see some people commenting saying they have signed into PSN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andres.C View Post
    I see you were too lazy to read the ENTIRE article PSN is going back up Regionally meaning its only up in Certain parts of the World [Like Japan ect.. I Obviously don't have a list of which they are going to Re-build in which Region for PSN]. Go to the Source you'll see some people commenting saying they have signed into PSN.
    I was referring to the US region, as none of us here are from Japan, (as far as I'm concerned) and it saves people a boring read, because of a misleading title.

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    Sony is a bunch of bitches. I hope Anonymous fucks them over. Anonymous isn't taking any customer data. They are just having revenge on Sony for the breech of privacy invasion. Sony demanded Ip addresses from big social sites like: Youtube and face book for anyone who has watched any of GeoHot's videos. They plan to ban anyone who has watched his videos. Right this moment Sony has my Ip address and they did NOT ask me for it. I am sorry for all the Playstation players out there, but Sony has gone one step too far!

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    Who's Anonymous?

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    go to their site. you will understand more. anonops.tk

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    Quote Originally Posted by HazedFTW View Post
    Sony is a bunch of bitches. I hope Anonymous fucks them over. Anonymous isn't taking any customer data. They are just having revenge on Sony for the breech of privacy invasion. Sony demanded Ip addresses from big social sites like: Youtube and face book for anyone who has watched any of GeoHot's videos. They plan to ban anyone who has watched his videos. Right this moment Sony has my Ip address and they did NOT ask me for it. I am sorry for all the Playstation players out there, but Sony has gone one step too far!

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    Everything starts small. When a system that was thought of to bee unhackable gets breeched you have an issue. What's next, the US national defense system? And sony has every right to be mad for the security keys being posted out like that. What if i posted your social security number and all your information online for everyone to grab? The ps3 may not suffer identity theft but its core functions are exposed. Seriously who wants to play online against someone with an aimbot or someone who can just prestige themselves 1000 times. Ps3 shouldn't be hacked, and seriously back ups? We all know damn well that we'd get every iso we wanted irregardless of whether we had a legal copy and not use it only for backup purposes.

    So what if sony has your IP address, its not like they can do anything with it.
    In fact I HAVE your IP address to, yeah I'm looking at it now. So? They have no warrant, they can't do shit.
    Sony warned everyone before hand as well. Everyone running cfw received an email telling them to remove all circumvalent material before they remove your psn access.
    Head warnings.
    I haven't been able to play for over a week or even use the netfix which I PAY A BILL FOR, simply because this retarded bullshit man. I spent over 1k on my ps3 and games and i can't even enjoy it.

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    Quban your points are legit and well said. Good job.
    Now besides that;
    I sort of favour what the anonymous'es are trying to achieve, yet sort of don't. All I know is that if online gamers begin cheating with cheat devices, if that's the problem, that's when Sony can take care of that I'm sure by banning those who cheat in games. But as for not allowing ppl to jailbreak their own owned devices, that's when i agree with what the anonymous'es are trying to achieve. i mean, i want to play free pc games on my Ps3, so why not?

    I also want free games but i'm not gonna mention that

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