Sony Releases Some Promising News

First, I would like to apologize that this site has seemingly been consumed by this whole ordeal, but I feel it is very important to the gaming community so I will continue keeping you updated on the topic.

Sony has released a brief Q & A session on their blog that has answered many questions we have all been dying to ask. To some up this post, basically, Sony is working closely with a security firm and law enforcement to find the guilty party no matter where they are located. They have confirmed that our personal information was taken as it was not encrypted only shielded by the prior security system.

Personal Data is not really what most re concerned about. The topic of interest is more about whether the credit and debit card numbers were taken.  Sony confirmed that the data was encrypted and they cannot say whether the data was taken or not. As precaution you should monitor your account and contact your financial institution for further advice. One positive thing Sony released was that security codes were not taken as they were not required to sign up for the PlayStation Network. This severely limits the purposes of the credit and debit card numbers.

The final matter to worry about is whether your account has been jeopardized. To combat this problem Sony has stated they will have a mandatory update once PSN returns. This update requires all users to change their passwords associated with the account.

Finally, the best news of the day: some PSN and Qriocity services will return by May 4th. This is promising as we finally have a legitimate time frame to hope for. They made it clear however that they will only bring services back if  they are positive they are secure. “However, we want to be very clear that we will only restore operations when we are confident that the network is secure.” For now we have something to look forward to, and we can only hope justice is served one way or another.

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Update: Sony Clarifies Much About the PSN Outage

Sony has come out today stating that the PlayStation Network outage was caused because of an external security breach as many expected. PSN was brought down a precautionary measure. As soon as Sony learned about the breach that occurred sometime between April 17th and 19th, they acted fast using three counter measures outlined in their most recent post:

  1. Temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services;
  2. Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and
  3. Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure by re-building our system to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.

These  precautions were safety measures taken to ensure that their customers are as protected as they can be in a situation like that. I for one will not blame Sony. They are trying and working diligently. This could have happened to any system and similar things have happened to other systems to a lesser extent of course. Despite these actions, they are unsure whether the 70 million accounts were protected. No one is sure whether the credit and debit card information was taken.

I highly suggest everyone read the blog posting linked above. Sony has made many suggestions for PSN  users to be on the safe side. The most important suggestion is to monitor your billing statements and make sure there are no fraudulent charges. Many banks today have preventative measures to prevent such a thing, but it cannot hurt for you to double check this as well. If you are unsure as to whether your bank offers such services a simple phone call or email can clarify the subject. Thanks for reading, again stay diligent during this downtime. Its not entirely Sony’s fault.

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