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PSA: PSN and SOE Attacked AGAIN, Better Go Change Your Password

Sony just can’t catch a break: Late last night/early this morning, hackers attempted to compromise the accounts of Playstation Network and Sony Online Entertainment users through an unsophisticated brute force attack, simply attempting to match login credentials(i.e. usernames and passwords) obtained from other hacked websites.

This attack was far less successful than past hacking attempts, only compromising the accounts of around 93,000 users, which is less than one tenth of a percent(0.1%). Nonetheless, better safe than sorry- and as a word of advice I’d recommend changing your passwords again, which is also recommended by new Sony Chief Information Security Officer Philip Reitinger:

We want to let you know that we have detected attempts on Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment (“Networks”) services to test a massive set of sign-in IDs and passwords against our network database. These attempts appear to include a large amount of data obtained from one or more compromised lists from other companies, sites or other sources. In this case, given that the data tested against our network consisted of sign-in ID-password pairs, and that the overwhelming majority of the pairs resulted in failed matching attempts, it is likely the data came from another source and not from our Networks. We have taken steps to mitigate the activity.

Less than one tenth of one percent (0.1%) of our PSN, SEN and SOE audience may have been affected. There were approximately 93,000 accounts globally (PSN/SEN: approximately 60,000 accounts; SOE: approximately 33,000) where the attempts succeeded in verifying those accounts’ valid sign-in IDs and passwords, and we have temporarily locked these accounts. Only a small fraction of these 93,000 accounts showed additional activity prior to being locked. We are currently reviewing those accounts for unauthorized access, and will provide more updates as we have them. Please note, if you have a credit card associated with your account, your credit card number is not at risk. We will work with any users whom we confirm have had unauthorized purchases made to restore amounts in the PSN/SEN or SOE wallet.

As a preventative measure, we are requiring secure password resets for those PSN/SEN accounts that had both a sign-in ID and password match through this attempt. If you are in the small group of PSN/SEN users who may have been affected, you will receive an email from us at the address associated with your account that will prompt you to reset your password.

Similarly, the SOE accounts that were matched have been temporarily turned off. If you are among the small group of affected SOE customers, you will receive an email from us at the address associated with your account that will advise you on next steps in order to validate your account credentials and have your account turned back on.

We want to take this opportunity to remind our consumers about the increasingly common threat of fraudulent activity online, as well as the importance of having a strong password and having a username/password combination that is not associated with other online services or sites. We encourage you to choose unique, hard-to-guess passwords and always look for unusual activity in your account.

So if your account was affected they’ll let you know, and if they almost hacked into your account they’ll make you set a new password, though once again, it’s recommended that all users change their password for security’s sake.

(Source: PlayStation Blog)

Ex-Homeland Security Cyber Boss Joins Sony

After the lengthy and rather traumatic PlayStation Network outage which lasted nearly a month and compromised the identities of nearly 77 million users, Sony has taken a step to ensure that it’s now-larger PSN userbase and service are kept safe from another assault by hiring Phillip Reitinger to the position of senior vice president.

Mr. Reitinger is the Ex-Director of the US National Cyber Security Centre and has held a previous post in the Department of Defense, a worthy resume indeed.

Between this new hire and the use of actual experts in their evaluation of the recovering network’s security, Sony seems to be taking things seriously this time and are set to be among the most secure in the business.

(Source: Eurogamer)

PSN Pass Official- Sony to Roll Out Single Use Codes

After pictures of Resistance 3 were spotted showing off the new PSN Online Pass ‘feature’, Eurogamer asked Sony to explain themselves.

 

“We are always evaluating new programs for our online offering, and starting with Resistance 3 this September, we will be instituting a network pass program for PS3 games with online capabilities.”

“This program will be game-specific. Games that are a part of this program will include a single-use registration code that grants the account holder redeeming the code full online access for that title.”

“This is an important initiative as it allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhancing premium online services across our first party game portfolio.”

Reading between the lines, it sounds pretty much like EA’s decision to employ single use codes to activate all of the game’s features, and get some extra money out of used game buyers; since if you happen to obtain one of these select titles that’s missing the PSN Pass, Sony will be ever so delighted to allow you to buy another one in their store…

So buyer beware, once November rolls around most games developed and/or published by Sony will likely need a code to unlock half the game.

Suddenly that skull's a lot more menacing...
Suddenly that skull’s a lot more menacing…

(Source: Eurogamer)

Sony Welcome Back Offer Extended

Have you neglected to download all the free stuff that Sony has to offer because of the wonderful network outage they experienced? If so do not fret, you still have… ONE DAY.

According to Sony, they have extended the Welcome Back offer.

“UPDATE: The Welcome Back offer has been extended until 9am Pacific on Tuesday, July 5th. If you haven’t had a chance to download the offerings, please do so before then.”

A good explanation might be because it’s the fourth of July, but at any rate if you haven’t indulged yourself on Sony’s Welcome Back Offer, then you might want to hop to it.

(Source: Playstation US Blog)

Mad Blocker Alpha: Revenge of the Fluzzles Review

Looking for an interesting puzzle game? Well you’ve come to the right place. Mad Blocker Alpha: Revenge of the Fluzzles is a puzzle game for Playstation 3 and Playstation Portable by Open Emotion Studios. It’s of the likes of classics such as Tetris, but throws a new twist into the mix.

Continue reading Mad Blocker Alpha: Revenge of the Fluzzles Review

PlayStation Store now LIVE!

After more than a month of waiting, the PlayStation Store is once again restored- taken down in the aftermath of an external intrusion that took place April 20th, 2011. Although the store is back up,  some people might have a hard time trying to get in due to the high amount of users attempting to access the store immediately upon it’s relaunch.

In addition, Sony’s promised Welcome Back package is notably MIA- supposedly in the final stages of testing but available for all to enjoy soon enough. For a brief reminder of what that package curtails, we have an article detailing it here.
The next PlayStation Store and PlayStation Plus update will be this Friday, June 3, and then we will roll right into some special publishes starting next week for E3 (so be sure to check back daily!), says PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen.

My money’s riding that the update coming tomorrow will be the one that includes the Welcome Back bonuses, or at least prepare for the offer. Either way, we’ll be sure to keep updating on any new developments.
It looks like the PSN outage saga is beginning its long descent into obscurity, and I’ll bet Sony wants it that way- between the digital equivalent of a smash and grab and over a month of bad publicity, the tech giant has to be reeling from the damage.

Be sure to check out the source link, as it includes an expansive list of new content in the store that covers everything that missed its intended release due to the outage.

(Source: PlayStation Blog)

PSN Services, including the Playstation Store to return this week

Sony announced today that Sony Network Entertainment International, at the end of the week, will restore all PlayStation services to various countries. Including the Americas, Asia excluding Japan, Europe/PAL areas, Hong Kong and South Korea. Details for Japan will be released when they are available.

 

“The full restoration of PlayStation Network as well as part of services to become available on Qriocity will include:

• Full functionality on PlayStation®Store
• In-game commerce
• Ability to redeem vouchers and codes
• Full functionality on Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3, PSP, VAIO and
other PCs
• Full functionality on Media Go”

 

So far Sony has had a bunch of dates for the full services to come back online, but they postpone it to tweak something. So is Sony going to own up to it, and actually reveal the last bits of the network that is down?

 

“We have been conducting additional testing and further security verification of our commerce functions in order to bring the PlayStation Network completely back online so that our fans can again enjoy the first class entertainment experience they have come to love,” said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation. “We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time.”


We’ll keep tabs on Sony’s blog and update on any information we find.

 

(Source: Playstation Blog)

Playstation Network Maintenance, No Store Restoration

According to the blog over at Sony. The Playstation Network will undergo maintenance from 8am to approximately 5pm Pacific time. Users may face difficulties logging into the PSN, but are able to play their games online. Account Registration, Management and password resetting are unavailable during the maintenance.

 

There was a rumor that the Playstation Store was to relaunch on May 24th 2011, but Sony confirmed today in their blog that the store will not return today. Stated by Jeff Rubenstein, “For those asking about the PlayStation Store, we’re still targeting restoration of all services by the end of this month. Contrary to reports, the Store will not be publishing today.”

 

Sorry to those who were expecting the store to relaunch today, but a little more waiting can’t hurt will it?

 

(Source: Playstation Blog)

QotW: Satisfied with Sony’s Welcome Back Package?

I thought we’d give something a shot. A Question of the Week (QotW)! Basically a question to help give readers more of a voice a place to sound off on certain subjects on the blog.

 

PlayStation Network is finally live again, and it looks like PlayStation Store may be soon to follow. As you may have seen earlier this week, Sony will be offering a welcome back package. This includes free software, 30 days of PSN+ and a few more benefits.

 

Does this welcome back package cover up the boo boos of Sony’s service being down for over three weeks, or do you think Sony should have offered more? Should non-PSN+ users even have the right to complain the downtime of a free service? Also, what free software do you plan on picking up when the service goes live again?

 

Let us know in the comments below!