After closing the service for a few days, Sony has announced that PSN and Qriocity again this week. It will be over the next few days when PlayStation 3 and PSP users can begin to enjoy PlayStation ecosystem full.
Sony has made this announcement officially at a press conference this morning through a note that discussed below:
SOME PLAYSTATION NETWORK AND QRIOCITY SERVICE WILL BE AVAILABLE THIS WEEK
Execution by phases of regionally-start global services; Security system enhanced to provide greater protection of Personal information.
You may 1, 2011, Tokyo – Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI, company), has announced that it will soon begin the regional restoration phases of PlayStation® Services Network and Qriocity™, beginning by activation of games, music, and video. The company has also announced a series of immediate steps to increase the security of the network and a new appreciation of the client program to thank your patience and loyalty.
At the rate of a cyber-attack in the center of data of San Diego, California, USA, SNEI shut off services of PlayStation® Network and Qriocity, and conducted an extensive audit of the system involving several experts in computer security firms for several days. Since then, the company has implemented a series of new security measures to provide greater protection of personal information. SNEI and their associated experts, have conducted extensive testing to verify the soundness and quality of the security services of PlayStation® Network and Qriocity. Having taken these measures, SCE and SNEI plan to start the restoration stages of such services by region soon. The first phase involves the execution of the following (not reduced to):
- Restoration of network games of PlayStation® 3 (PS3) and PSP® (PlayStation® Portable) systems.
- This includes titles that require verification network and downloaded games.
- Music Unlimited access for users subscribed to Qriocity for PS3/PSP.
- Account management and password reset.
- Access to movie rentals active on PS3, PSP, and Media Go.
- PlayStation® Home.
- Friends list.
- Chat features.
Working hand in hand with various external computer security firms, the company has implemented significant security measures to detect unauthorized activity and offer greater protection and security of personal information consumers. The company is also creating the position of Chief of security of information, who will be reporting directly to Shinji Hasejima, Chief of Información de Sony Corporation, thus adding a new expert and responsible position of data protection, as a supplement to existing information security personnel. The new security measures implemented are the following (do not reduce to):
- Automatic monitoring of software and configuration management to prevent and defend against possible new attacks.
- Increased levels of protection and encryption.
- Increasing the capacity of intrusion detection software within the network, unauthorized access, and patterns of unusual activity.
- Implementation of additional firewalls.
The company has accelerated the plan to move the system to a new data center in a different location that has been in construction and development for months. Addition, the PS3 will have a mandatory update system that will require registered users to change their password before logging into the service. As extra security system, it will only be possible to change the password on the PS3 where activated account, or through a confirmation email, a final step for the protection of consumer data.
The company is conducting a thorough investigation and working closely with law enforcement to find and prosecute those responsible for this illegal intrusion.
“This criminal act against our network has had a significant impact not only on consumers but in the industry in its entirety. These unlawful attacks obviously underscore the widespread problem of cyber security. We take the security of the information of our customers very seriously, and are committed to protecting the personal information of our consumers. In addition, organization has worked day and night to restore services network, and will do once the increased levels of our network security, has verified it”said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President of Sony Corporation. “Our global audience of PlayStation® Network and Qriocity has been interrupted.” We have learned the lesson about the valuable relationship with our consumers on the road, and for this reason, we’ll launch a program of appreciation the customer registered consumer and express well our gratitude for their loyalty during the closure of the network, working harder to restore and regain their trust in us and our services.”
Program of appreciation of ‘Welcome’ and offers complementary
Still not having evidence of the theft of credit card data, the company is committed to help consumers protect their personal data and will offer assistance to users to sign up on data protection against identity theft services, and or similar programs. The implementation will be at the local level and the details will be available in each region very soon.
The company will in March the program of ‘Welcome’ PlayStation® Network and Qriocity, which will be offered worldwide, and adapted to specific markets to offer our consumers a selection of choices of services and quality content as an expression of gratitude from the company for their patience, support and loyalty.
- Each territory will offer a selection of downloadable content for Playstation entertainment. Specific details of this content will be announced in each region.
- All existing Playstation users will receive 30 days free subscription to PlayStation Plus service. PlayStation Plus members will receive 30 days of free service.
- Music Unlimited for users subscribed to Qriocity (in countries where the service is active), will receive 30 days of free service.
‘Welcome’ additional services, and service offerings will be announced in the coming weeks as the company restores services PlayStation® Network and Qriocity level quality standard that users have enjoyed, and we hope to overcome.
SNEI will continue strengthening and ensuring the security of transactions before resetting operations of PlayStation® Network and Qriocity scheduled for this month.
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Additional services of welcome, a reward for users
It was expected that after the serious security flaw, Sony would reward their users with some kind of gift. And so it has been: If you read the press release you will have seen that users will have some extra services. They are as follows:
- New content downloadable PSN, probably free or very depressed. Even more specific details were not disclosed, but it will be in the next few hours.
- A free month of PlayStation Plus for all users.
- A free month of subscription Music Unlimited for Qriocity
Esto will logically have a monetary cost for Sony, but at the same time it is a good advertisement for your services Since many of the users who try them will remain subscribers in the future. It is a double-edged weapon which can be viewed from the negative side, but logical if we put ourselves in the point of view of Sony: what else could be offered?
Sensitive data filtered by network
As you well know personal details have been leaked, including for PSN users, email addresses, passwords of PSN name and much more. It is also said that credit card data they float around the Internet, while Sony indicates that there is no evidence to this fact, and no one has complained about – now – about possible thefts in their bank accounts. This does not imply that not have been actually stolen, simply that still did not use them.
The reality is that There are some supposed lists of users going through the network. I have had access to some of them, and certainly they are not easy to obtain. Do not rule out that they are false, because I have not managed to gain access to any of the indicated email accounts (*).
What’s left of this tragic story? A lot. Hardly a week has passed since Sony communicate information theft. Still not been launched the service – I remind you that it will be in the coming days – and, fortunately, does not seem that serious actions with the stolen data has been made.
I still think that It’s a historic moment in the world of Internet, the theft of information from millions of users that has affected every country in the world. Personally I do not remember anything like these events, or at least nothing that has affected so many people.
Sony says again and again that work continues on improving the security of PSN, both with the work of their employees and hiring the services of third party companies that made the task of auditing the security of the system. It is likely that, at least for now, do not become to security problems. However, any system is tolerable fault and the world hacker would be able to give another blow to Sony within a few months.
Sony has also indicated that in the future will add new protection services for all users who wish to do so. Perhaps they have in mind something like the Blizzard Authenticator.
To Caesar what is Caesar’s, and in this case We must congratulate the work of the Japanese to continuously inform company through various channels of information, such as their official blogs and Twitter accounts that communicate in real time any update in the news.
(*) Obviously the tests I made only intended to know if the information provided in the list of users was true or not. At any moment there was evil when it comes to verify a self-employed.
Editor’s Note: I have a PS3 and am subscribed to PlayStation Network and my bank details have gone through Sony servers. Supposedly I am one of the many millions of affected people, but I have not had any problems with the services that I usually use or has been strange in my credit card charge. For now & #8230;
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