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SleezeRocker
05-01-2011, 12:44 AM
Taken from the PS Blog (http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/04/30/press-release-some-playstation-network-and-qriocity-services-to-be-available-this-week/)

*I am aware that a rgbcolor on the on the AC Multiplayer posted a link a thread "...trouble with PSN?...* by joystiq, But I thought I'd post the details from the PS Blog here. And forgive me if I post this here, I knows it's AC general but I thought it be good knowledge for PSN players to be able to read through, so apologies fellow Assassins once again http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Press Release: Some PlayStation Network and Qriocity Services to be Available This Week
+ Posted by Patrick Seybold // Sr. Director, Corporate Communications & Social Media
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.”

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.

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.



In case you speed read it they talk about offering a "Welcome Back" bonus to sign back in on PSN featuring:

-One Region (EU,NA,AS etc) specfic free download of some sort
-1 free month of Playstation+
As well if you're currently a PS+ player, you will be given an extra 1month subscirption added to cyoure current sub.
-1 month of Qriocity Music service (I think you need credit card for that but...1. I don't use CC online and 2. with last mishap Idoubt anyone would really want to)

Wantmeaninja
05-01-2011, 02:35 PM
Off topic. But thanks for posting. I'm eager to know what free downloads will be available. As far as PS+ is concerned what besides beta and coupons is the advantage of having it? I'm not trying to be a jerk with asking that question either. I'm really asking the question. Anyone?

itsamea-mario
05-01-2011, 02:48 PM
So 1 month free of PS+, so if i download something PS+ exclusive, i get to keep it after the month?
nifty.

SleezeRocker
05-01-2011, 07:33 PM
Originally posted by Wantmeaninja:
Off topic. But thanks for posting. I'm eager to know what free downloads will be available. As far as PS+ is concerned what besides beta and coupons is the advantage of having it? I'm not trying to be a jerk with asking that question either. I'm really asking the question. Anyone?

Yeah I acknowledge it's off-topic but I thought it was important for PSN assassin's to see lol

For both you, MArio and possibly anyone else.

With PS+ you can ge select discounts and bonuses usually every 2 weeks. It includes:

-1hr trials of PS3 titled games (like right now if PSN was up, you can try out Assassin's Creed 1-2, tomb Raider Underworld, MAG I believe?, inFamous,Prototype, I believe Borderlands as well?)

- You can also get early access to demos (Like they put up the MK demo about a week and 1/2 before public) and also Beta demo downloads (For example it's known that sometime in mid June the Uncharted3 multiplayer Beta will be up in PS+)

- Also you can get select Free PSN Avatars, Theme+Dynamic themes, games and addons.
***Free Games and Addons are ONLY active as long as your subscription; example- Say they offer..
Hustle Kings the PSN pool game or REsident Evil 3 PS1 game for Free, once you download, you have until your PS+ expiration date to play it.
Though Avatars and Themes are yours to keep.

**Also let's say you have downloaded REsident Evil 3 free but PS+ expired. If you resub to PS+, you can re-download RE3 and ANY other game and addon you goten with PS+ again in your download list.

-Also you can download The month's featured Qore playstaion video magazine with PS+ as well.

-Discounts are present. Can usually be within 10-50% (rarely 75%) off. Some people asked if you buy discounted stuff with PS+ do you keep it? YES you do! For example, like sya you buy the Devil May Cry 4 Avatar set for 99 cents, you can KEEP all those 13 avatars you bought for 99 cents. Or say they were to have Da Vinci's Dis. addon on sale for 5$ instead of 10$, once again, when you buy it, you KEEP it.

If you have no interest, then hey alright, it's no harm whatsoever you get it free for month right? But I personally think it's alright. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

itsamea-mario
05-02-2011, 08:28 AM
Aww well, atleast i'll get to keep some stuff.
Thanks anyway.

caswallawn_2k7
05-02-2011, 08:32 AM
nario you only get the free PS+ and free game if you are one of the 10 million who had their information stolen, if you are one of the other 67million you get nothing.

so to be honest if you get freebies be worried as someone has all your details, if you don't be happy that your details are secure.

itsamea-mario
05-02-2011, 08:39 AM
It's not exactly like they can use any of my details.
Apart from my email address, been meaning to do something about that.

persiateddy95
05-02-2011, 08:43 AM
Every member had his details stolen, like email, adress etc...

caswallawn_2k7
05-02-2011, 08:47 AM
Originally posted by persiateddy95:
Every member had his details stolen, like email, adress etc...
so the media claims, Sony is saying after investigation is 10million or at least that is the impression they gave the the conference on the matter. but the media has always preferred to say "OMG! they sky is falling they will kill us all!!!!" as that is what helps them sell the news, if they came out and said only 1 in 7 accounts had been compromised people would be as interested.

persiateddy95
05-02-2011, 08:50 AM
10 million credit card details might have been stolen. At least so I've heard. Unless they were only talking about normal details.

EDIT: That many CC details compromised actually seems disastrous, maybe it's only details that could have been stolen.

Still, the gifts are for everyone.

LadyGahan2010
05-02-2011, 08:58 AM
Honestly, I visited some website recently, and when I entered my name I got all the info on myself. My address (full), my phone, the price of the house (updated) - everything. Our data is out there on internet, whether we like it or not. It's all in public records, and if someone knows how to reach the data, they don't need to hack Sony to find our info. Well, at least as far as USA. I don't know about other countries. I'm not petrified about the possible theft of my info. I don't feel comfortable, and yes, I'm a little afraid what that can mean for me in the future but I won't lose sleep over it.
Secondly, I believe the responsible person(s) will be caught and it would be very foolish of them at this point to even try to sell the stuff to anyone.

caswallawn_2k7
05-02-2011, 08:58 AM
the times are saying credit card details a round up of what Sony said is



In a nutshell, they don't know much of anything about the hack. They estimate as many as 10 million users personal data was exposed but now claim there is no proof any credit card data was stolen.

They are moving the PSN Data Center to a new "more secure" location and created a new position, Chief Information Security Officer, to oversee future security.

They made a point to say that PSN passwords were not encrypted but were hashed.

They hope to have some services re-started in a week and full access restored in one month.

There will be 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

They also recommend changing your password on any sites you may have used the same password as PSN on.

Affected users will get a free 30-day subscription to PlayStation Plus and an unspecified free software download. Qriocity customers will get an extra 30 days of service.

They will deal with PlayStation Plus members and the contents of online wallets on a case-by-case basis.

You can also cancel your account if you wish.

Many questions were asked about the Anonymous attacks and the possible connection to this case but Sony downplayed Anonymous as a minor annoyance at best.

persiateddy95
05-02-2011, 09:00 AM
I don't care what The Times says. The EU Blog clearly states:

"• 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."

caswallawn_2k7
05-02-2011, 09:03 AM
that what I posted isn't what the times said, it is a round up of the conference Sony did over the matter.

as for the PS blog this is the same place that posted the PS3 encryption key's they aint the most reliable of people.