Sony relaunches PlayStation Network

Sony relaunches PlayStation Network

Summary: Sony has finally brought the PlayStation Network back online. PS3 users need to install new firmware and change passwords before they can access the service. But will they bother?

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Late on Saturday evening Sony offered PlayStation 3 users the news they've been waiting for, for weeks - they relaunched the PlayStation Network.

To access the PlayStation Network, PlayStation users must first download a new firmware update, version 3.61. Instructions have been posted to the official PlayStation blog by Sony VP Eric Lempel:

"If using a PS3, your password can only be changed on your own PS3 (or a PS3 on which your PSN account was activated), as an added layer of security. If you have never downloaded any content using your account on the system, an email will be sent to the registered sign-in ID (email address) associated with your account when you first attempt to sign-in to PSN. This e-mail will contain a link that will enable you to change your password. In this email, click on the link and follow the instructions to change your password. Once you have changed your password you can sign-in to your account using your new password."

Sony noted in a statement that PlayStation Network services are being phased in gradually.

"The process has begun and some states are being turned on now, so please be patient as we reach your city and state."

Sony has posted a map that shows users where the PlayStation Network has been activated, and asks for patience. "It can take a little while for the servers to populate fully."

Sony took the PlayStation Network offline in April after the company discovered that a hacker or hackers had broken into the system and copied personal information on tens of millions of PlayStation Network users. Later the company discovered that the same thing happened to Sony Online Entertainment, its online role-playing game service, exposing personal information on tens of millions of additional users.

The news comes only a few days after several sources noted that frustrated PlayStation 3 users were trading in their systems for cash or Xbox 360s, and that resale prices for used PS3 games were falling.

In related news, Sony Online Entertainment is also coming back online in phases.

Sony Computer Entertainment America chairman Kazuo Hirai offers further details about the restoration of PlayStation Network services in a video posted to Sony's official PlayStation blog.

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Topics: Networking, Hardware, Mobility

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  • RE: Sony relaunches PlayStation Network

    and I care how?
    Until Sony can prove to me they have upgraded to my satisfaction, the PSN is dead at my house.

    Sony has a long way to go to earn my trust.
    :|
    rhonin
    • RE: Sony relaunches PlayStation Network

      @rhonin
      and for further fun......

      Japan is not allowing PSN back up - Sony has not completed all of the "promised" upgrades to their security...

      :|
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      • RE: Sony relaunches PlayStation Network

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        @rhonin is sad that japan does not allow PSN back up and sony is breaking promises

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        @rhonin Japan sucks. Go Xbox.
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        @rhonin I just hope we don't have anymore major security issues going forward.
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    • RE: Sony relaunches PlayStation Network

      @rhonin

      Since you will just be wasting that tech, how about selling it to someone who likes the fact it has the best technology and has cared enough to tackle a problem.

      Don't worry... Xbox Live is next. If it's online, it can be hacked.
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      • RE: Sony relaunches PlayStation Network

        @MindWarpMedia
        Chuckle ;)
        Thanks but no..... I have plenty of off-line games and it plys my BRDVD's well.....
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    • RE: Sony relaunches PlayStation Network

      @rhonin

      How long will it take before fake emails are sent from the hackers or people they sold the email addresses too asking people to change their password? 1 day or 2?
      MarkWB
      • RE: Sony relaunches PlayStation Network

        @MarkWB
        that is a good number, especially with the current confusion...

        On the pther hand, I already have had a few emails that appear to be genuine asking me to confirm data by logging into a link over the last week +. Same data I used for my PSN account..... :(
        rhonin
      • RE: Sony relaunches PlayStation Network

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      • RE: Sony relaunches PlayStation Network

        @MarkWB
        That is absolutely risky. That's why I'm careful checking those emails that coming into my inbox in a daily basis. Usually those who are asking password, I just ignored. Majority of the legitimate emails won't ask information such as password or change password through certain URL...that could be <b>"Phishing"</b>.
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      Here you are with national attention and you have no platform, no demands, no message other than "I (or anyone else) can hack your infrastructure, and it's funny" How is that saving us from the government?? If anything it's caused the government to monitor ALL internet traffic, and given them the backing of the normal person to do so. <a href="http://schoolgirlpictures.org">school girl pictures</a>
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      @rhonin Agreed! Sony has a long way to go before I start trusting them again. I'll be taking my services elsewhere for the time being.
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      • RE: Sony relaunches PlayStation Network

        @krtinberg Absolutely I was the guy who was on the waiting list for every Playstation launch, No longer they have to start looking after their customers a lot better. To be honest I doubt I will ever trust them again.
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