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Submitted by Gwynne Dixon on April 26 2011 - 12:00

More news emerges regarding the state of PSN as Sony continues to struggle against hacks...

Sony has revealed that it still doesn't have a timeframe for when its PSN and Qriocity services will be coming back online. PS3 users have been unable to access the services since last Wednesday due to an "external intrusion" [read: the work of hackers].

"I know you are waiting for additional information on when PlayStation Network and Qriocity services will be online. Unfortunately, I don't have an update or timeframe to share at this point in time," said Patrick Seybold, Sony's Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Social Media, on the PS blog.

"As we previously noted, this is a time intensive process and we're working to get them back online quickly," Seybold added. "We'll keep you updated with information as it becomes available. We once again thank you for your patience."

In even more worrying news, reports elsewhere indicate that Sony is unsure whether credit card details and PSN user information have been compromised as a result of the "external intrusion".

This is according to a PC World report citing comments from Sony Computer Entertainment Japan spokesperson, Satoshi Fukuoka. This uncertainty regarding credit card info was later corroborated by Seybold, according to Kotaku.

It's worth noting at this point, however, that there have not been widespread reports by PSN users of credit card piracy on their accounts over the last week.

Informed speculation over on Reddit points towards a new type of custom firmware as a possible culprit for the latest hacks. The firmware allows users to turn a retail PS3 unit into a debug one (used by developers).

Custom firmware of this kind is nothing new, although this latest version (called Rebug) apparently provides access to Sony's trusted developer network and has opened the door for users to enter fake credit card information into PSN and pirate content at their will. However, this all remains purely speculative at this stage.

Hacking organisation, Anonymous has denied responsibility for the latest disruptions to PSN. Anonymous carried out attacks on Sony websites and services earlier in the month as part of a campaign against the legal action Sony took on PS3 jailbreaker, George Hotz.

More as we get it...

Update: The personal information of PSN and Qriocity users has now officially been compromised according to a Sony statement on the EU PlayStation blog (which includes a template e-mail that the company is sending out to effected users). Although Sony is not ruling out the possibility that credit card data may also have been comrpomised, it has been quick to assert that there is no evidence so far that such data has been taken.

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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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