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Sony confirms PlayStation Network hacked

Sony says it pulled the plug causing the PlayStation Network downtime in response to an external intrusion on the system. It remains unclear when service will be restored.

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In a post late Friday to the PlayStation blog, Sony senior director, corporate communications and social media, Patrick Seybold issued the following update concerning the ongoing PlayStation Network outage:

An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th. Providing quality entertainment services to our customers and partners is our utmost priority. We are doing all we can to resolve this situation quickly, and we once again thank you for your patience. We will continue to update you promptly as we have additional information to share.

Though it provides little information on when PS3 owners might see online services restored, the language hints at the potential severity of the situation. Both the PlayStation Network and Qriocity have been compromised to such a degree that Sony felt it had no alternative but to pull the plug. With both systems containing significant amounts of customer personal and credit card data, the implication that at some point that information may not have been secure gives some cause for concern.

As we reported, in an earlier response to the situation, Seybold wrote that the system could be down for 'a day or two' while the company investigated the situation and effected repairs. While not untruthful, that statement came after the April 20 time given today as the time when Sony turned off the systems. Given the sensitivity of the situation it's understandable that Sony would want to be careful in what information it released; however, should customer data be involved, the company will need to act quickly to share the nature of the exposure with those affected.

When PSN first went down many presumed the hacker group Anonymous might be resuming its denial of service attack. For its part, though, Anonymous claims it has nothing to do with this round of trouble. A post on the group's blog states, "While it could be the case that other Anons have acted by themselves, AnonOps was not related to this incident and does not take responsibility for whatever has happened."

Regardless the source, the customer service challenge for Sony continues to mount as players eager to play Portal 2, SOCOM 4, or any of their other PS3 games online become frustrated. Many of them around the Net have started to suggest compensation is now in order in the form of a free game or access to the Plus features of the PlayStation Network.

Shacknews will continue to watch the situation and update you with any new information when it becomes available.

From The Chatty

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    April 22, 2011 11:30 PM

    Garnett Lee posted a new article, Sony confirms PlayStation Network hacked.

    Sony says it pulled the plug causing the PlayStation Network downtime in response to an external intrusion on the system. It remains unclear when service will be restored.

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      April 22, 2011 11:37 PM

      lol

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      April 22, 2011 11:45 PM

      ugh :(

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      April 22, 2011 11:45 PM

      If you build it, hackers will break it. :[

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      April 22, 2011 11:45 PM

      I for one am shocked!

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      April 22, 2011 11:45 PM

      *le sigh* x-box or steam time?

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        April 23, 2011 12:52 AM

        they're next

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          April 23, 2011 1:47 AM

          yay for online activation!
          I seriously hope steam will be next. Perhaps people will wake up.

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            April 23, 2011 1:58 AM

            but I want to sleep in :(

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            April 23, 2011 3:44 AM

            Steam are too epic to be attacked, VALVe have done nothing to upset anyone.

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              April 23, 2011 4:58 AM

              I'm sure it will happen some day

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              April 23, 2011 7:08 AM

              doesn't matter if there's anyone upset. if there is money to be had (credit card accounts, etc.) they will try

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                April 23, 2011 3:55 PM

                I would think there'd be safer targets. It's MUCH easier to phish people.

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                  April 26, 2011 7:12 AM

                  safer? they got hundreds of thousands of cards out of this, how long do you think it would take to phish that many cards?

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              April 23, 2011 7:36 AM

              nothing but collect all those sweet, sweet credit card numbers.

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              April 23, 2011 11:18 AM

              Yeah, it's not like they've evel lost the source code to hackers before. Lol.

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            April 23, 2011 6:28 AM

            Wake up to what?

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            April 23, 2011 7:50 AM

            Good god you front pagers are hil-fucking-larious.

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            April 23, 2011 11:06 AM

            wake up to what? more script kiddie assholes causing escalation of DRM and online authentication?

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            April 23, 2011 12:10 PM

            I think Valve is too well regarded by gamers to be an acceptable target. Especially as they're managed well enough that they don't seem capable of making a blunder big enough to gain the attention of anon

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              April 23, 2011 3:04 PM

              unacceptable by gamer-hackers, acceptable by money-seeking-hackers

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            April 23, 2011 4:58 PM

            Wake up and smell the ashes!

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      April 22, 2011 11:46 PM

      the nerds are restless

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      April 22, 2011 11:46 PM

      weak sauce

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      April 22, 2011 11:47 PM

      i'm so happy i decided on getting MK on my 360. i feel bad for PS3 users :(

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      April 22, 2011 11:56 PM

      I can't even use Netflix. It keeps telling me I need to be signed into PSN to use Netflix. Good thing I have my 360. I don't know if compensation is required (it's a free service), but it would be appreciated. Goodwill towards your customers goes a long way.

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        April 23, 2011 12:10 AM

        I would like conformation that my creditcard details are not 'out there' first plx.

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          April 23, 2011 12:44 AM

          yeah seriously. Do i need to get a new cc..

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          April 23, 2011 9:19 AM

          Don't be so stupid nobodies credit card is taken...

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            April 23, 2011 9:29 AM

            And you know this how?

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              April 23, 2011 10:59 AM

              He just told you. They have top men on the job. TOP. MEN.

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            April 23, 2011 10:32 AM

            If it is that simple, it can't be too hard to confirm that for us retards. No accountability if you do, cause it is so bloody obvious. Right?

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        April 23, 2011 4:58 AM

        For NetFlix, try logging in and getting to the maintenance message, then back out. When NetFlix gets to its homepage and pops up another login screen, try logging in again to get to the maintenance message, then back out. After the second time you back out of the maintenance message, the login message should cease appearing. Then enjoy your streaming video!

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      April 22, 2011 11:57 PM

      I notice they got Qriocity too, isn't that a shame - fucking piece of shit system.

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        April 23, 2011 1:54 AM

        I always read that as Q trocity.

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          April 23, 2011 4:28 PM

          Q- atrocity amirite? Eh? Geddit? Actually I don't even know it is but people don't seem to like it. Do we even have it in the UK?

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      April 23, 2011 12:05 AM

      man, this is frustrating. i finally got DCUO this week and bam, this happens.

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      April 23, 2011 12:06 AM

      lol PSN and XBL Silver now offer the same multiplayer service for the money amirite?

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      April 23, 2011 12:08 AM

      "at least we stopped 17 people from installing linux on their PS3s. It was all worth it!!"

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      April 23, 2011 12:08 AM

      WTF? I was able to download the 3.60 update and install it which took 20 minutes :( Now I can't connect to PSN so I can't activate my Portal 2 PS3 Steam account and get the PC version going. Jesus Christ.

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        April 23, 2011 11:51 AM

        yeah okay buddy, you bought it for all platforms so just play it on your 360 like you said you would

        stop trying to feign frustration to make sony look bad

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          April 23, 2011 11:59 AM

          I haven't bought the 360 version yet, so get your panties out of your anus pal. Pretty funny that people like you call ME a fanboy.

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      April 23, 2011 12:09 AM

      le sigh

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      April 23, 2011 12:20 AM

      Good thing Portal 2 uses Steam on PS3? Or... not...

      Perhaps it should, though!

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        April 23, 2011 1:33 AM

        It does, but it still requires a PSN sign in.

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      April 23, 2011 12:43 AM

      fuuuuuuuu. I wonder if i need to get a new CC

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        April 23, 2011 8:23 PM

        I would just check may balance and at worst give my CC company a call. I wont make any drastic changes yet. What Sony will most likely do is get in contact with the CC companies and have them put flags on the numbers and have them send mailers to people affected.

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      April 23, 2011 12:53 AM

      If we infer that they took this big huge service down themselves after they were cracked, it makes me wonder what kind of deep shit this is.

      Penetration bad enough to take down a major service like this for several days, to me, says I should be looking into getting a new credit card and billing address, email addresses... the works. That shit is scary.

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        April 23, 2011 12:56 AM

        probably shut it down so the attacker couldn't access more data

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          April 23, 2011 3:02 AM

          Right, but by the time you spot a hack, everything is usually already taken and copied off...

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      April 23, 2011 12:58 AM

      lol waiting for the arstechnica writeup for this one :D

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      April 23, 2011 1:51 AM

      And this is just one reason why we pay for xbox live folks.

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        April 23, 2011 1:54 AM

        Um people pay for playstation plus. Don't see your argument here?

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        April 23, 2011 1:57 AM

        Modded Xboxes can steal live accounts.

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          April 23, 2011 3:42 AM

          Ummm, what?

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          April 23, 2011 3:43 AM

          What are you talking about?

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            April 23, 2011 4:28 AM

            He's just propagating the dumbness going on in the subthread, seems fitting.

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        April 23, 2011 2:12 AM

        Because...?

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        April 23, 2011 4:35 AM

        Because no one ever hacks stuff on xbox, there's no modded xboxs or hackers all over the place online, much better right?

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          April 23, 2011 5:32 AM

          Modded boxes are banned from the service pretty quickly. And XBL has yet to be down like this unannounced before.

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            April 23, 2011 5:46 AM

            So you guys just completely forgot about that entire month around Christmas a couple years back? Heh.

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              April 23, 2011 5:58 AM

              Anytime there has been unexpected down time they are normally communicating what is going on pretty quick. I didn't say they were perfect, but even then they were communicating there were problems.

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                April 23, 2011 8:29 AM

                IIRC we got credited for the down time and then some.

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                  April 23, 2011 9:25 AM

                  Not to mention it was a capacity issue, not a case of external cracking

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              April 23, 2011 11:00 AM

              It wasn't down for log-ins and for the most part affected people playing CoD:MW.

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        April 23, 2011 5:33 AM

        I love XBL and hate PSN, and you make no sense. If MS went rabid after Hotz in the same manner, anon may have done exactly the same thing. I don't think it has to do with the service as much as getting people enraged. Unless of course Sony had blatant security gaps that allowed access to user info, which would then make them awful.

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        April 23, 2011 6:07 AM

        right, because xbx live has NEVER been down from time to time.

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          April 23, 2011 6:08 AM

          XBL has never been hacked and possibly exposed personal information. Yes it's been down, but even when unexpected they are communicating that there are problems going on. Hell it took Sony two days to admit they pulled the plug. That's not good customer service.

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            April 23, 2011 7:42 AM

            Didn't I read something a few weeks back about some people stealing $1m plus of XBL credits?

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              April 23, 2011 8:02 AM

              That was a random code generator or something but it wasn't that bad I read too. Just potentially be that bad.

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              April 23, 2011 8:57 AM

              Yeah, but obviously that doesn't count. Neither does the RROD issue.
              I have both consoles and love them both but seriously tired of hearing this shit.

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        April 23, 2011 6:26 AM

        xbox live saved my baby from a burning building.

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          April 23, 2011 6:58 AM

          I heard Mother Teresa was the main influence behind xbox live. They tried to capture her spirit within the interface. I think they succeeded.

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            April 23, 2011 7:12 AM

            I use a 26" flat screen tv for my xbox live console and at night instead of turning off my tv and xbox live console I tend put the tv on my bed and tuck it in next to me while I sleep. There is something about the warm glow of the interface that soothes me through the lonely nights.

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        April 23, 2011 8:56 AM

        Such a stupid response. Go troll somewhere else.

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      April 23, 2011 2:16 AM

      I need PSN to redeem my Kratos code and connect my PSN ID to Steam. Dammit.

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        April 23, 2011 5:22 AM

        Same. I will definitely reconsider any cross platform game on Sony. I have a very small library of PS3 games and this week, I took the gamble and bought two new full-priced games for the system. Sony is too radioactive. They've been fucking up too much and its starting to catch up with them.

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      April 23, 2011 3:14 AM

      .... i hope the news that follow this are "bunch of hackers thrown in jail"... one can dream

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        April 23, 2011 5:47 AM

        The old saying, "It only takes one to ruin it for the whole class." Regardless of who is doing this the fact that a person or persons has taken it upon themselves to act as digital vigilantes against an in justice that only they perceive is an act of true stupidity and self-serving machismo that only hurts the users in the end run.

        Sure this is a PR nightmare for SONY and while XBOX Live has been down for extended periods at a time (has everyone forgot the HALO and CoD Launches from 2008?) nothing of this severity has ben reached. So what are the consequences that we can glean from this as end-users: Our personal financial data may have been leaked opening us up to other issues, those of us who use the PS3 for gaming (and I did have Ubuntu on the PS3 so I am not without sympathy) and entertainment are now forced to use other means, we can not redeem codes or download items we have already purchased, and we also no longer have the ability to play with our friends online.

        How does this hurt SONY? They will be forced to comp people a game or free Plus service for a month or two but since PSN is subsidized by other revenue streams (ie Home, etc) I doubt it will be a big difference.

        To end my rant, I will again state that the actions of a person or persons who are, by the letter of the law, raging against the machine and what they feel are a testament to the immaturity of gamers that the mainstream media paints on us. The actions of one should not reflect the feelings of many. You have a choice, have always had a choice. If you don't like the service or the system use the XBOX Live service and let the rest of us game in peace.

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          April 23, 2011 9:31 AM

          Will Sony be forced to do anything? For the most part, no, not really. It'll merely be in their best interest to do so in order to keep from further alienating their userbase. In the least, though, I'd hope they tack on an extension equal or greater to the downtime onto all applicable PSN Plus subscriber accounts.

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      April 23, 2011 5:47 AM

      The old saying, "It only takes one to ruin it for the whole class." Regardless of who is doing this the fact that a person or persons has taken it upon themselves to act as digital vigilantes against an in justice that only they perceive is an act of true stupidity and self-serving machismo that only hurts the users in the end run.

      Sure this is a PR nightmare for SONY and while XBOX Live has been down for extended periods at a time (has everyone forgot the HALO and CoD Launches from 2008?) nothing of this severity has ben reached. So what are the consequences that we can glean from this as end-users: Our personal financial data may have been leaked opening us up to other issues, those of us who use the PS3 for gaming (and I did have Ubuntu on the PS3 so I am not without sympathy) and entertainment are now forced to use other means, we can not redeem codes or download items we have already purchased, and we also no longer have the ability to play with our friends online.

      How does this hurt SONY? They will be forced to comp people a game or free Plus service for a month or two but since PSN is subsidized by other revenue streams (ie Home, etc) I doubt it will be a big difference.

      To end my rant, I will again state that the actions of a person or persons who are, by the letter of the law, raging against the machine and what they feel are a testament to the immaturity of gamers that the mainstream media paints on us. The actions of one should not reflect the feelings of many. You have a choice, have always had a choice. If you don't like the service or the system use the XBOX Live service and let the rest of us game in peace.

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      April 23, 2011 5:56 AM

      I wonder if they are going to do anything for us DCU players who can't play now.

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      April 23, 2011 6:16 AM

      I love the PC. The internet can never go down. Bwhahah

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        April 23, 2011 7:06 AM

        because Internet providers never mess up...

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        April 23, 2011 8:00 AM

        Tell that to Egypt and Iran.

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        April 23, 2011 8:06 AM

        darkfox, I want you to take a second out of your day to reflect on how stupid you sound here.

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        April 23, 2011 4:00 PM

        This is like saying "this is why I drive a Toyota, main street is never closed!".

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      April 23, 2011 6:39 AM

      Unsure what would look worse for Playstation, but might it look better for them if they could blame it on hackers than to have made a cock up themselves?

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      April 23, 2011 6:40 AM

      What's Qriocity?

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      April 23, 2011 6:46 AM

      Haven't there been some recent layoffs at Sony? Can help but wonder if this might have been an inside (or formally inside) job. Some pissed engineer leaves something behind. If this was an external attack, it's kinda odd no one's claimed responsibility. Not to mention something this big doesn't usually happen without being provoked.

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      April 23, 2011 7:29 AM

      All i want is to activate my Scorpion outfit :( I knew i should have done it the day i got the game rather than waiting until i actually had time to play.

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      April 23, 2011 7:47 AM

      Something tells me PSN is going to launch a "new and better" service for that $50 a year.

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        April 23, 2011 8:25 AM

        No - it'll be more like $79.99/year. PSN has to remain the premium service after all.

        It'll be so good you'll want to work overtime to pay for it.

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        April 23, 2011 9:58 AM

        They already have Plus which is their pay service which gives you free games, online backups of saves, and more. It's actually pretty cool.

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          April 23, 2011 10:51 AM

          This! My favorite feature is the automatic downloads while your PS3 is turned off. So you don't have to wait for a patch to download before you play a game, though you do have to wait for the installer still but that takes no time at all.

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            April 23, 2011 10:54 AM

            I think it autoinstalls stuff for you overnight, too. I've downloaded a bunch of crap before but was all like "no way am I sitting through those installs", and a day or two later I power back on the PS3 and everything is already installed for me. I love it.

            that + free games + qore + additional discounts. Really pays for itself quite quickly.

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              April 23, 2011 11:02 AM

              Yeah you might be right. I think the only installs it doesn't do are system updates.

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              April 23, 2011 11:04 AM

              The only thing I'd be interested are the games. Qore doesn't impress me. Also, if people are going to bitch about Live then they should bitch about paying for the download/install feature.

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                April 23, 2011 11:07 AM

                Well there's a ton of free games and heavy discounts for you. There's always a free Mini or two, free PS1 games cycle around fairly frequently (over a month they wound up giving away the entire Spyro trilogy to PSN+ subscribers), and sometimes there's even free PSN games (Stacking, Sam & Max Season 3) or DLC (Killzone 3). Plus the bonus hefty discounts.

                Qore isn't something I'd pay for, but I enjoy getting it as part of the bundle and check out one or two things in it each month.

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                  April 23, 2011 11:10 AM

                  Well, not really free because you can't keep them if you cancel unless you pay an additional fee correct?

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                    April 23, 2011 11:20 AM

                    Yea, as long as you're a subscriber, you can keep them. Not a bad deal, really.

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                April 23, 2011 11:10 AM

                There is a big difference in paying for auto-updates and paying to be able to play online. You don't need auto-updates and Plus to enjoy the PS3, while you pretty much have to pay for Live if you want to enjoy the 360. I suppose there is a few people who don't care about online multiplayer, but that is pretty rare these days especially people who are on the shack etc.

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                  April 23, 2011 11:13 AM

                  And theres a big difference in the features and experience. If it's worth it to you then you pay. Would I like Live to be free? Yes, but if it meant a lesser service then no. There is also a big cost difference between running a network for multiplayer and adding a local feature.

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                April 23, 2011 2:14 PM

                I think its retarded they are using Q as an interchangable magic word for their services.

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              April 24, 2011 8:34 AM

              Interesting. I may jump on it now. I've been on the fence big time about it.

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            April 26, 2011 7:16 AM

            heh, should be on by default, the only reason it plus is so good for this is because sony's download setup is fucking stupid.

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      April 23, 2011 7:55 AM

      Figures they were infiltrated. DDoS can be slowed/stopped in relative ease. The real question is who got in and what did they do?

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      April 23, 2011 7:55 AM

      Consoles, they just work. (had to be said?)

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      April 23, 2011 8:43 AM

      This whole thread is a disaster.

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      April 23, 2011 8:57 AM

      I'm really starting to regret buying a ps3 to replace my 360. It just seems like Sony is half assing it this generation.

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        April 23, 2011 9:27 AM

        lol

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        April 23, 2011 9:29 AM

        Remember when XBOX live went down for 11 days in 2008. It was so bad they had to give a free game Undertow.

        http://www.engadget.com/2008/01/01/xbox-live-outage-day-11-up-and-running-except-not/

        Services go down all the time, Giantbomb has been down since Wednesday as well. People need to take a breath and play a game offline for once.

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          April 23, 2011 10:30 AM

          Difference was, it wasn't completely out and it mostly affected people playing MW.

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            April 23, 2011 10:57 AM

            right now, i bet that the most affected game is still MW (in black ops form)

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            April 23, 2011 12:05 PM

            Another difference is PSN is free, Live is not.

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              April 23, 2011 12:10 PM

              And this has been debated to death here. A good portion of people that have both don't have an issue with paying for Live.

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                April 23, 2011 3:49 PM

                And a good portion do have an issue paying for Live. Which goes down every Christmas (except last year).

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                  April 23, 2011 3:58 PM

                  A good portion of people have an issue with any issue you can think to talk about. That doesn't mean that they're not just jaded cynics who hate everything about their hobby.

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                    April 23, 2011 4:30 PM

                    It's not about cynicism, it's about practicality.

                    I love games, and I'm not willing to trade the price of an entire game for being able to play online and watch Netflix.

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                  April 23, 2011 4:44 PM

                  Got stats to back that up?

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                  April 23, 2011 4:45 PM

                  Can you back that statement up?

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                    April 23, 2011 5:13 PM

                    Sure, type this into google.

                    "xbox live annual christmas outage"

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                      April 23, 2011 7:50 PM

                      It went down for a while when Modern Warfare came out, but it's rarely been completely down. Even during the problems with MW other users could still log in. It doesn't happen every Xmas, so I'd say you are wrong.

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                        April 23, 2011 8:17 PM

                        So i guess Christmas falls on November 9th now. It effected all games back then, that's why they had to give away Undertow to everyone.

                        I suggest you search "xbox live annual christmas outage" again, because you are wrong.

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                          April 23, 2011 10:16 PM

                          I was playing at the time and if you are trying to assert that it was a complete outage from November through Christmas I will have to point out how full of shit you are and you are adding to that shit pile by saying it's happened every year since.

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                            April 23, 2011 11:41 PM

                            Listen, you are saying it went down when Modern Warfare 2 came out (November 9th), which it didn't. What's been documented is that it went down for 11 days starting on Christmas.

                            Xbox Live always has had stability problems on Christmas because millions of people are loading up new account on that day. Which is understandable.

                            If you really aren't getting this maybe you should get your mom or dad to help you with this. No one said it was down from November 9th to December 25th. You made that crazy jump yourself.

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                            April 23, 2011 11:41 PM

                            Listen, you are saying it went down when Modern Warfare 2 came out (November 9th), which it didn't. What's been documented is that it went down for 11 days starting on Christmas.

                            Xbox Live always has had stability problems on Christmas because millions of people are loading up new account on that day. Which is understandable.

                            If you really aren't getting this maybe you should get your mom or dad to help you with this. No one said it was down from November 9th to December 25th. You made that crazy jump yourself.

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      April 23, 2011 9:14 AM

      No big deal here, everyone needs to relax.... Nobodies credit cards going to be comprimised.... This isn't Sony's fault you get a couple low lifes poking around Sony's networks, of course you'll find holes. Any company could suffer from this attack even the most secure if someones trying to do harm to it. They just better get the feds involved in this now. Will this hurt Sony nooooo just a big waste of time....

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        April 23, 2011 9:28 AM

        Not their fault but pretty shitty is happens the week or Portal 2 / Mortal Kombat and a long weekend.

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          April 23, 2011 10:29 AM

          MK is a great game! So much content I could live without online for awhile, plus I have actual HUMAN friends come over and I've been playing against them! Lots of fun! I got Portals 2 on PC if you got it PS3 just use the free credit for the PC steam version... In all it's good to unplug from the web sometimes people raging saying I'm going to switch to 360 forget they have had more down times then PSN has...

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        April 23, 2011 9:32 AM

        You don't know for sure the credit cards haven't been compromised. I'm not saying they have, but it's a valid concern.

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        April 23, 2011 10:30 AM

        And you know this because...?

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        April 23, 2011 11:56 AM

        This is the most retarded post I've seen today. What are you basing any of that on?

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        April 23, 2011 2:12 PM

        How much crack have you smoked today?

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      April 23, 2011 11:53 AM

      First Amazon, now this. I blame the Chineses. Those crafty little people are crafty.

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      April 23, 2011 12:05 PM

      All because Sony tried to tell hackers they couldn't load linux and then tried to sue them b/c they proved them wrong. Sony stirred the hornets nest and got stung. They did this to themselves and whoever thought up this brilliant plan of theirs is going to get a 'window office'.

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        April 23, 2011 12:08 PM

        rage on bro

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        April 23, 2011 12:20 PM

        I try not to descend to the realm of the typical angry internet commenting, If you don't have anything nice to say.. and all that...

        But this post is fucking stupid.

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        April 23, 2011 1:02 PM

        Yeah, shame on them for trying to protect the security of their console from douchebags who want to ruin everyone's fun!

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          April 23, 2011 7:05 PM

          I don't understand why people get so outraged over this, SONY removed significant features at will on a $300 product for arbitrary reasons. How can it be immoral for people to repair those features?

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        April 23, 2011 1:13 PM

        hahaha oh boy

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        April 23, 2011 2:03 PM

        More like all because Sony didn't properly secure their service

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        April 23, 2011 2:09 PM

        I'm not sure on this one. None of the normal public faces of anon want to take any credit for it. I'm guessing this is more the usual criminal intrusion looking for sensitive informaiton like credit card info.

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      April 23, 2011 12:27 PM

      i have no idea how Steam on PS3 works, but do you guys think it could have something to do with it?

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        April 23, 2011 1:12 PM

        Timing is indeed curious, but I get the impression it's mostly some opportunistic hackers who felt the overall turmoil around Sony was a good opportunity to act anonymously.

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          April 23, 2011 3:12 PM

          Doubtful. It was claimed in early April that PSN was hacked, and it was inaccessible for a while, but if I recall Sony simple said they brought down the system for maintenance.

          Now they are admitting that they were hacked.

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      April 23, 2011 2:59 PM

      Does this mean it's a good time to pick up a cheap PS3 from a disgruntled PSN user?


      (the PS3 is still a good standalone BRD player, right?)

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        April 23, 2011 3:01 PM

        yes yes and hell yes.

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          April 23, 2011 4:55 PM

          Don't you have to download regular updates for the Blu-Ray player? I haven't tried a Blu-Ray disc in mine yet, out of fear of Big Brother tactics. I just keep feeding it DVDs.

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            April 23, 2011 4:59 PM

            What are you talking about?

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              April 23, 2011 5:47 PM

              You know, the equivalent of firmware updates for Blu-Ray players, for updated keystores and revocation lists. That's Blu-Ray's "DRM", right? So would one be forced to download the latest PS3 firmware to get the latest Blu-Ray revocation lists?

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        April 23, 2011 5:12 PM

        If someone sells their PS3 because of this then they didn't really like the PS3 to begin with.

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      April 23, 2011 3:35 PM

      Pretty sad but they were asking for it. i feel bad for PS3 users.

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        April 23, 2011 3:37 PM

        again, there's no evidence that this had anything to do with the spat over hotz, the public key, or other OS.

        it could just as well be hacking in an attempt to gain credit card information

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      April 23, 2011 5:47 PM

      For every angry customer there are 4 corporate apologists.

      It isnt my fault Sony's servers were compromised and it has nothing to do with me what they did to piss off hackers, all I know is I payed for this system to be online (if you think it's free you're an idiot).

      Every PS3 customer has a right to be angry, stop defending a corporation that really has half-assed this generation of consoles (PSN and PSN plus pale in comparison to Xbox live) and has be hostile to their users.

      I'm sure the xbox isnt perfect but I've regularly seen Microsoft make up for its failings in console gaming (red ring of death, xbox downtime, etc) and I am seriously considering buying an xbox or Wii now.

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        April 23, 2011 6:02 PM

        Yes, go by the Wii for great online services.

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        April 23, 2011 6:05 PM

        Fuck you front page people are great

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        April 23, 2011 6:48 PM

        Shut up NofxSux.... Stop with the raging... Is there any point to this screaming and crying "oh psn down, I hate sony they are evil I want my money back for this thing and all the games I bought for it!!!!!" What's there to be angry about? Something happened and that's that deal with it.... Freaking morons... The best part is that you're not going to go out and buy a crapbox or wii.... Enjoy!

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          April 23, 2011 7:20 PM

          Is there any point in voicing your opinion anywhere on the Internet? In fact, is there any point in your post? By the logic of what you just said, its just as irrelevant and nobody should care.

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          April 23, 2011 7:52 PM

          LOL! Crapbox? Okay, that explains your rabid assertion that there is nothing to be concerned about. Sometimes I wish the front page never encroached on the chatty.

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            April 23, 2011 8:04 PM

            lol actually I didn't mean to say crapbox.. Funny anyways.. I own both consoles... And yes went through two 360's with red ring so I call it crapbox...

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              April 23, 2011 8:07 PM

              Still no justification for your assertions that it's not a big deal for PSN to be down for an extended period of time and that you are positive that no personal data was compromised.

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                April 24, 2011 8:02 AM

                Given sony's track record on security, there is no reason to trust them. Cc info in plain text? I mean really?

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                April 24, 2011 9:55 AM

                I still stand by them being very secure, all they did was gain admin access to the PSN Qriocity. That being a downloadable extension it was probably ripped apart and used maliciously... After all there is custom firmwares out there for the ps3 they just have to block and ban those users from psn.... They need to start off by blocking proxies, even on their site....

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                  April 24, 2011 10:41 AM

                  So, why haven't they just disabled that service?

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        April 29, 2011 1:05 PM

        I sold my 360 and all accessories cause i got tired of paying for online services. it'd been one thing if the gold membership covered the sir charge of game like ff 11 or DC Universe. that's why i switched to Ps3 if any game has a cover charge or monthly fee to play I'm only paying out of pocket for one service not 2. I seriously hope for those who have payed for the privileges of like DC Universe that Ps will compensate with free month redemption's or somethin to that effect.

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      April 24, 2011 8:08 AM

      A sincere question and please stop me where I'm wrong...

      recently we were bound to accept the new EULA for PSN (about a month ago, April 1st to be more specific) ... and since the outage happened i actually rechecked the EULA file and was interested in section 15:

      15. WARRANTY DISCLAIMER AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
      No warranty is given about the quality, functionality, availability or performance of Sony Online Services, or any content or service offered on or through Sony Online Services. All services and content are provided “AS IS” and “AS AVAILABLE” with all faults. SCEA does not warrant that the service and content will be uninterrupted, error-free or without delays. In addition to the limitations of liability in Sections 1, 2, 11 and 13 of this Agreement, SCEA expressly disclaims any implied warranty of merchantability, warranty of fitness for a particular purpose and warranty of non-infringement. SCEA assumes no liability for any inability to purchase, access, download or use any content, data or service
      Just in case you didn’t read it before!


      which started to make me wonder, maybe they just wanted to rebuild the database regardless if they are being hacked/attacked or not, maybe now they are bound with adjustments and tweeks from Qriocity (a couple of devs and workers at SCEA where fired not long ago)

      Thoughts anyone? (i hope someone proves me wrong, because this is the cheapest trick in the book, besides the fact the no one is taking pledge for the attack, and we all know that hackers usually do with pride )

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      April 24, 2011 10:29 AM

      Download servers are obviously separate from PSN and login/auth servers

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      April 24, 2011 10:30 AM

      patchdownloading could go very well through a simple FTP