Reports: PSN to Remain Down all Month, Sony Considers Offering Bounty

Sony’s PlayStation Network remains down after suffering an external intrusion that knocked the online gaming platform offline on April 20, and new reports suggest the popular gaming network may remain so until the end of the month.

Sony’s PlayStation Network remains down after suffering an external intrusion that knocked the online gaming platform offline on April 20, and new reports suggest the popular gaming network may remain so until the end of the month.

Despite a promise on April 31 to have its PSN network back online within a week, Sony executives have lately backed away from that promise, saying that they misunderstood the full extent of the attack. In a blog post on May 6, the company said its first priority is ensuring that the network is completely secure and user data safe before restoring services. That could add weeks to the PSN go live date, spokesperson Shigenori Yoshida told Bloomberg on Sunday. The company now claims that it is in the process of adopting an improved security system and that they plan to bring services back online May 31.

Sony was the victim of a highly sophisticated and professional attack in April that exposed data on some 100 million people. The company has been dogged by criticism since revealing the breach. Kazuo Hirai, chairman of the board of Sony Computer Entertainment
America, wrote a letter to the U.S. House Commerce Committee last week explaining why the company neglected to report the intrusion for six days after it was internally discovered. Hirai claims the company was simultaneously suffering from a DDoS attacks that distracted the security team from becoming aware of the intrusion.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Hirai and others have pointed the finger at the= hacker-collective Anonymous. Sony alleges that a file titled “Anonymous” containing the message “we are legion” was left behind after the hack.

The allegedly leaderless and loosely organized group denies having played any role in the attack. However,two of the group’s veteran members revealed in an interview with Financial Times that Anonymous members, operating independently, may have been behind it. One said he even saw a discussion in an Anonymous forum of the technical details of a vulnerability that was eventually exploited to compromise the network.

Sony is searching for the culprits responsible for the attack even as it bolsters the security of its PSN and networks. A Cnet report says the Japanese electronics giant is even considering offering a reward for any information that leads to the arrest of those responsible.

As has become customary, the company claims no credit card information was compromised, but is still offering free credit monitoring services to all affected parties.

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  • Sheri Patterson on

    Personally, I want to thank Sony for taking the time necessary to ensure, as best as possible, that the network is secure when brought back on line.  Do I miss playing?  Yes.  Was there life before my PS3?  Certainly!  I don't blame Sony, as this can happen to anyone. 

    A suggestion I would like to make is - can Sony please release a patch that will enable Netflix to play without having to sign into the Sony network?  I have an active Netflix account and am unable to use it due to the Sony network's downtime.  It would be VERY much appreciated to be able to utilize my Netflix account.  Currently I am paying monthly and have been unable to use the services I am paying for.

    Thank you so much for your time and consideration.


    Sheri Patterson

  • Rob on

    Sheri: Keep trying, as long as you've activated the PS3 it should eventually connect. I haven't verified this though.


  • Anonymous on

    Sheri: If you try to sign in, it will eventually let you in.

  • Jay on

    PSN is done!! This might be a sign for me to try other console, ie. xbox 360.

  • SWIM on

    the people who didn't change their name "anonymous" to some user-made name are going to be tracked down by the government and get interrogated, then charged with disrupting the resolution of a high-class criminal cyber attack! :P

  • shakespearerules on

    Well, on the one hand, I'm glad I'm going to be busy all month with things other than gaming, but on the other hand, I want to see Sony back on its feet again as fast as possible for their own sake. If they can get up and running again soon, then that will put more time between this fiasco and the release of the PSP2. Hopefully, it will be enough time to get the bad taste out of everyones' mouths, and the handheld will be enough to bring balance back to the force.

    After all, a lot of PS3 adopters have been playing on the Xbox lately, and have been disappointed with the experience. They want their PS3s' full functionality back.

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