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Submitted by Kiran Earwaker on April 28 2011 - 11:10

Partial services could be restored as early as next Tuesday...

Sony has revealed that it expects some PSN services to be back online by May 3rd.

In a post on the official US PlayStation Blog, published yesterday, Senior Communications Director Patrick Seybold explained that some services could be back online in less than a week.

“Our employees have been working day and night to restore operations as quickly as possible, and we expect to have some services up and running within a week from yesterday. However, we want to be very clear that we will only restore operations when we are confident that the network is secure. “

Sony is currently in the process of moving the PSN network infrastructure and data center to a new, more secure location, and claims to be “initiating several measures that will significantly enhance all aspects of PlayStation Network’s security.” A new system software update will require all users to change their password once PSN is restored.

Seybold explained that although personal data had been protected by the old security system, not all was actually encrypted.

“All of the data was protected, and access was restricted both physically and through the perimeter and security of the network. The entire credit card table was encrypted and we have no evidence that credit card data was taken. The personal data table, which is a separate data set, was not encrypted, but was, of course, behind a very sophisticated security system that was breached in a malicious attack.”

Although Sony’s PSN Terms & Conditions “exclude all liability for loss of data or unauthorised access to your data”, it might be subject to punitive measures from the Information Commisssioners Office (ICO); if personal user data is found to have been stored in the UK, and Sony is found to be in breach of the Data Protection Act, the company could potentially face a fine.

"If we found a breach, one of the actions we could take would be to issue an undertaking, which is an agreement between the ICO and the company that if they are handling personal information they have to bring about set improvements in order for them to be compliant with the act," an ICO representative told Edge.

"For serious breaches of the act, we can issue a monetary penalty up to £500,000."

Things could get even more serious for Sony if any of the data ultimately gets misused for nefarious purposes - it could get sued. According to CNET, the first class action lawsuit has already been filed by a US legal firm on behalf of a disgruntled customer.

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By: Anonymous

Added:Fri 02nd Mar 2012 17:07, Post No: 1168

@robert young, vgchartz reliable lmfao, according to VGC forza 4 had sold 2 million copies as of jan 2012 then last month it had sold 1.94 million :S, thats right in 1 month 600 thousand copies of forza 4 were recalled or VGC made a monumental co** up with their sales figures.

 

the same is true with their console sales figures as pretty much all of last year the ps3 month on month outsold the 360 and even now the ps3 continues to outsell the 360 yet the 360 some how is still 3 million in front of the ps3, you should use freeradical's post as VGC is about as reliable as a 1980's skoda.


By: freeradical

Added:Thu 18th Aug 2011 18:12, Post No: 1167

@ Robert Young: Try Sony and Microsoft's actual financial reports. They are the only reliable source for worldwide console sales/shipments.


By: Robert Young

Added:Thu 18th Aug 2011 17:45, Post No: 1166

videochartz => vgchartz......LOL....:-)........


By: Robert Young

Added:Thu 18th Aug 2011 17:44, Post No: 1165

My previous blog of 360 lead over PS3 is not "guess estimate". Those numbers were taken from a reputable website that unfortunately, this website prohibited me from quoting. This website is so reputable that companies use their numbers for their own studies; videochartz......


By: Robert Young

Added:Thu 18th Aug 2011 17:26, Post No: 1164

Well it is August 2011 now, PS3 fanboys. Where is the lead of PS3 "overtaking" the 360 by January 2011? Yeah, the PS3 sales are inching closer to the 360 but, as of Aug 2011, it is still that - "inching closer". As of August 2011, the worldwide lead of 360 over PS3 is 3.4 million. The U.S. lead of 360 over PS3 is 12.282 million. Also, here in the U.S., as of Dec 2008, the 360 lead was 7.98 mil. As of Dec 2009, the 360 lead was 8.64 mil. As of Dec 2010, the 360 lead was 11.34 mil. And that brings us to Aug. 2011. So, don't predict stuff that will fall flat on your faces, LOL ;-)..........


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By: Peter Corr

Added:Mon 01st Aug 2011 20:21, Post No: 1163

@1162, what extra content?  do you mean the welcome back pack, with the 5 games, stuff for sony home and various other games and the free month of playstation plus?  we've already had it, where was you?  lol


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By: Anonymous

Added:Wed 27th Jul 2011 14:44, Post No: 1162

what are sony playing at, wheres all the extra content the promised oh i forgot sony never keep a promise.


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By: Anonymous

Added:Thu 30th Jun 2011 14:03, Post No: 1161

Sony denying the blatantly obvious? Surely not!


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By: Anonymous

Added:Thu 09th Jun 2011 04:47, Post No: 1160

lol i looked back through the comment and post 1154 is a blatent lier, hes just jelous microsoft is better than sony.


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By: Anonymous

Added:Sat 04th Jun 2011 21:13, Post No: 1159

well the welcome back pack finally arrived yesterday and what a mess it was, i guess sony thought it was a good idea to release it in all regions rather than america first moving roung the globe in a way that would not hinder people from getting the free content or causing a lot of confusion when people saw the "get now" link vanish and had to look for guides as to get their free content.

 

one thing i didnt know about the welcome back pack was the inclusion of 3 FREE full HD movie rentals, if you didnt know about it look on the XMB in the orange box (under account management) and you should find it though i think it expires on the 5th (sunday,tomorrow) so get them while you can.


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