No Sony PSN service anytime soon, says latest update

Sony’s posts another update saying it won’t be able to restore PSN within the week it had hoped

Sony is reneging on a promise to reboot its PlayStation Network and start bringing its 77 million customers back online anytime soon. Sony posted an update to its PlayStation blog Friday stating it was "unaware of the extent of the (network) attack" adding it needs to "conduct further testing of the incredibly complex system" before it can restart its network.

This latest statement contradicts a comment made just the previous day by Sony CEO and Chairman Howard Stringer who said "in the coming days, we will restore service to the networks." Sony had also teased eager PSN gamers dropping hints that the PSN service would soon be restored, stating it had begun "the final stages of internal testing of the new system."

The delay may have something to do with fresh threats of a weekend network attack made earlier this week. Word of an impending attack came from CNET. According the report Sony faced another round of attacks this weekend in retaliation for what many consider its poor handling of the initial PSN attack. Chief among the hacker's beef with Sony, it's assumed, is the company's failure to inform Qriocity users in a timely manner that their financial information had been stolen by hackers until ten days after the breach.

User Outrage Over Chronic Delays

Friday's announcement is sure to rile gamers who have expressed a mix of emotions about the attack that range from anger to outrage.

Feedback from subscribers regarding the latest revelation is overwhelmingly negative and there's clearly a feeling of desperation. "Imagine my complete and utter shock," writes a user with the handle yazter, in a sarcastic response to the latest update. Elsewhere user cqc555 points out that, while Sony talks of its network being an "incredibly complex system", it clearly is "not too complex for hackers to breech".

The new update also hints that the attack against the SOE servers is more severe than Sony initially suggested, when it claimed an "outdated database from 2007" was accessed. The hold-up might also be related to rumors that yet another hack attack has been perpetrated, possibly against the main Sony.com website.

The PSN and SOE hacks amount to perhaps the biggest data breach in history, with over 100 million user accounts being accessed, and Sony has been hauled before the House of Representatives to answer questions. If nothing else, the attack proves the old hacker adage that the larger they are, the harder they fall.

Suggestions from Sony that online activist group Anonymous is involved were again quashed by the organization on Thursday via its AnonOps blog. Anonymous points out that it has never had an interest in stealing credit card details and even go so far as to suggest it has been framed by "a group of standard online thieves". However, two individuals claiming to be veteran Anonymous members told the Financial Times that members of the group may well have been behind the attacks.

Tags network securityfirewallshackerssecuritysony

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Keir Thomas

PC World (US online)

21 Comments

sddddghkk

1

ur still gay

DOGVINCENT

2

they should have had the network solid in the first place, it is sony.and what are you their mother torrez, ill bitch if i want to

xSiNisTeRx

3

Pook you're retarded. Maybe you should consider spending more time in school rather than worrying about playing games? What does China have to do with Sony in Japan? Do you believe in your feeble mind that Japan is a territory of Japan? Also, before you post something of such STUPIDITY, you should consider resolving your grammar issues. Their they're there not the same words big guy.. I do agree with you only on one point and that is F_K SONY! However, a battle led by a dumb ass such as yourself is bound to be lost.

xSiNisTeRx

4

Torrez just want's to give a tiny Japanese guy a furious blow job!

Rukahs

5

first psn you are starting to piss me off. Get this s#*t goin already I just wanna play online f@#k the ps store.

MOH

6

I lost faith in Sony, this company should be closed forever. Sony in last few year lost on quality of plastic, software , hardware.

marc

7

sorry for my bad english but im a gamer for 20 year and i play playstation 1.2.3 but probably not the fourt version sony convice me to by an xbox. im sorry sony i loved your console and games. youd said pirate stole my card number adress and phone wowwwwwww after 12 days of your incomopetence its you the problem sorry salute microsoft

dempire

8

i think sony should take some security advice from microsoft

xSiNisTeRx

9

Well, I have lost all faith in Sony at this point. Their dishonesty and deceit toward their customers has gotten out of control. Going Xbox now; my PS3 will just serve as a dusty old Blu-ray player..

F?!k

10

Psn u suck

kevy-mac

11

I know sony is taking to long. But if you think about it they want online and services back on just as bad as we do. Their suffering way more than us, losing out on millions of dollars every day.

kevy-mac

12

By the way this website is more reliable than psn.blog. Thanks for keeping us updated more frequent and answering questions that we all had. Keep up the work : )

justin

13

Man I hate hackers, they aren't doing all this for the customers(us!). This is all self gratification and nothing more. Also this could end up indirectly effecting the gaming industry too! What if Sony doesn't have enough support for a next console? Then we'll be stuck with only two options! One being the Mario console with less quality third party titles and gimmicky controls, and the other being a cheaply made console with $60+ just to get online with it, <---yeah you already know as soon as Sony is out of the way with their free option, Microsoft is going to up the price and call it inflation lol! Not trying to be a fanboy of course because all of them have their own flaws, but this is just stupid.....

mrfamous

14

I appreciate Sony for taking the understandable time to get this right. Of course it sucks not being able to go online and play,I get it! The ones who are complaining...You obviously have no life! You sound like a bunch of crying little stuck up kids. Nobody cares that you cant play your ps3, get over it! Go do something productive, or kick rocks!

Orange

15

This article has taken the PSN Blogpost completely out of context.

Sony said they were "We were unaware of the extent of the attack" at the time of the press-conference in Japan. They've understood it for quite some time now.

And no where in the post did they ever say "any time soon". They said it was delayed.

Quit writing horrible articles.

kevy-mac

16

Why are psn users are saying they're going to buy a xbox. Your going to spend like $500 just to play a game online when ps3 is free. Just have to wait knuckle heads.

alex

17

Its been like three wks, and it must be something more serious then what you guys are telling us.

ps3iscrap

18

ps3 is junk i will never buy nothing sonny in my life xbox 360 yeahhhhh

STFU SONY

19

SONY Become GUY !

Trinity

20

Yep it sucks hard, hey but what can we do but suck it up. I think the these guys are being a bit tough on Sony all tho Sony thought they where impenetrable and because of there ignorance has lead them down this track. But that's what happens when you get a big head some one will cut you down a size or two. This sucks 3 weeks with no online play ANYONE NO WHAT THE LATEST IS?

Ross Catanzariti

Staff

21

Hi guys,

I've had to delete a number of comments due to excessive foul language. Debate away, but please keep it clean.

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