Some PlayStation Network services back online within a week

Along with the bombshell that it believes subscriber info was stolen, Sony offered the first timetable for getting PlayStation Network back online.

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Somewhat lost in the fallout from Sony's bombshell that it believes hackers obtained personal info and possibly credit card numbers of PlayStation Network and Qriocity service users, was the first information on when those services might be restored. In that update to the blog, Sony senior director communications and social media Patrick Seybold wrote:

We have a clear path to have PlayStation Network and Qriocity systems back online, and expect to restore some services within a week.

That language leaves a lot of leeway but, barring any fresh setbacks, by next Tuesday the systems should be coming back online. When they do it will be interesting to see what changes the new services may include and whether users jump back online right away or feel gun-shy in the wake of the security breach.

From The Chatty
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    April 26, 2011 3:00 PM

    Garnett Lee posted a new article, Some PlayStation Network services back online within a week.

    Along with the bombshell that it believes subscriber info was stolen, Sony offered the first timetable for getting PlayStation Network back online.

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      April 26, 2011 3:08 PM

      Mayor Vaughn: I'm only trying to say that Amity is a summer town. We need summer dollars. Now, if the people can't swim here, they'll be glad to swim at the beaches of Cape Cod, the Hamptons, Long Island...

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      April 26, 2011 5:23 PM

      I don't have a PS3 so the ramifications of this whole debacle aren't clear to me. How has this affected everyday use of the PS3? Is is basically a $400 pile of garbage until they bring it back online, or is this a simple problem being blown out of proportion by the tinfoil hat types?

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        April 26, 2011 5:35 PM

        basically no online play. that's about it

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        April 26, 2011 5:37 PM

        considering personal information for 75 million people was stolen, it's a pretty fucking big problem

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          April 26, 2011 5:37 PM

          oh... as far as every day use is concerned, just no online play. first time I've fired up my PS3 in months so I could play MK, and it's down :(

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        April 26, 2011 5:38 PM

        This is the internet, when has something ever not been blown out of proportion?

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        April 26, 2011 5:39 PM

        There is no available online play for any PS3 game until the network comes back. That's how it has affected everyday use of the PS3.

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        April 26, 2011 5:40 PM

        You cannot:

        play Home
        get online in any games
        some cannot use Netflix
        no access to store
        no online access to saves for Plus users
        no update today for Plus users
        no messaging, chatting, friends list, trophy comparisons

        you can still:
        get updates for games that need them
        play local media stuff through playon or whatever

        Basically anything that asks you to authenticate through the PSN isn't going to work

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          April 26, 2011 6:44 PM

          That's a pretty big deal I would think - the possible theft of personal info aside. I think for most people the online aspect of the console is a huge deal. I know on my 360, playing against my buddies is its primary purpose. It sucks that people can't play this fresh MK game online.

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          April 27, 2011 6:04 AM

          You can still use Netflix just fine. When it asks you for your PSN login, just uncheck the "login automatically" option, sign in like normal, and wait for it to give you an error. When it does, just hit the back button and Netflix will load like normal.

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          April 27, 2011 6:20 AM

          Guess I'll download that Heavy Rain patch today!

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          April 27, 2011 6:49 AM

          Can't play Home? Sounds like an upgrade.

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          April 27, 2011 7:15 AM

          Can you still play PSN games you've already purchased? Or does it have to authenticate for that?

          • Ebu legacy 10 years
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            April 27, 2011 7:33 AM

            Only two PSN games that I know of require you to be logged in. 99% do not.

        • Ebu legacy 10 years
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          April 27, 2011 7:32 AM

          Ok, that's a little disingenuous:
          Nobody cares about Home
          *Netflix does work as long as you allow it to fail Auth twice*
          Plus doesn't load saves from "the cloud," only save to them, so this really doesn't affect anything

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      April 26, 2011 5:46 PM

      I'm kind of astonished that PSN has been down for so long... I used to work for a big company like Sony... and shit hit the fan when stuff was down for an hour. This is nuts.

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        April 26, 2011 6:54 PM

        I suspect your company secured their network better.

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        April 26, 2011 7:08 PM

        What I fear is now that "hackers" know Sony is "weak/open" in the security department. Hackers that not normally would go after Sony's Defense, now know that it would gain publicity, so even more attacks happen after they bring back up their services. Ha, just a thought though!

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          April 26, 2011 7:13 PM

          that's why they're rebuilding and hopefully putting up better security this go round

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            April 26, 2011 7:13 PM

            as long as it works, I'm 100% down. I still gotta play you in MK!!

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              April 26, 2011 7:22 PM

              i've been climbing the challenge tower while PSN's down, i just got past 251, which was a sonofabitch (shang vs. baraka, sindel, shao kahn. one life bar, small heals after each is beaten. no transforms)

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        April 26, 2011 7:49 PM

        thankfully, psn is not sony's only source of revenue.

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      April 26, 2011 7:26 PM

      I'm sure the developers of MK and Socom were happy they launched on the ps3 last week.

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        April 26, 2011 7:47 PM

        also the people who bought a ps3 version of portal 2 so they could use the steam pass

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          April 26, 2011 8:04 PM

          On the upside, the game plays great with a ps3 controller!

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            April 26, 2011 10:33 PM

            I agree and the graphics are definitely a notch above xbox 360.... looks like Valve has improved their engine to work on the ps3 better.

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              April 26, 2011 10:53 PM

              Yet the majority of sales were still for the 360, I think many people didn't get the memo

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                April 26, 2011 11:07 PM

                if you're talking about that link earlier, those were UK sales

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                  April 27, 2011 6:07 AM

                  The reality is most gamers have no clue (or care) for the differences in graphics between the versions. If they cared they wouldn't be playing it on the console in the first place.

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                  April 27, 2011 7:39 AM

                  And no one answered me, but did UK Amazon have the $20 credit (or whatever is comparable in euros / pounds) on the PS3 version? As I'm sure that was a driving force here in the states and here on the shack (which is a poor representation of course).

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          April 27, 2011 7:22 AM

          I lucked out and linked mine right away so I got to play on PC :)

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      April 26, 2011 8:32 PM

      I wish the Sony should have hire more people who is an security administrator for over 5 years to up on the work experience. XD

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      April 27, 2011 6:10 AM

      Now on the front page of The Wall Street Journal

      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703778104576287362503776534.html?mod=WSJ_hp_MIDDLETopStories

      Number of people at 77 million

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      April 27, 2011 8:14 AM

      So you guys think this hack was in retribution for all the shit they've been pulling? Or you think it was bound to happen regardless?

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        April 27, 2011 8:19 AM

        I don't think this was retribution I think this was taking advantage of a vehicle to retrieve personal information

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        April 27, 2011 8:21 AM

        Bound to happen, accelerated because of their stupidity toward the community.

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        April 27, 2011 8:22 AM

        If it went the way is being speculated, it was not retribution, but it was poor design on Sony's part. If it didn't happen because of the REBUG cfw and the Dev network not checking to make sure the dev console was who it said it was, or checking to make sure it should access what it was accessing, then it may not be as much of Sony's fault.

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        April 27, 2011 8:26 AM

        Neither. This was an organized attack by a group that does this and sells off the information. Parts of it are already being offered for sale.

        The FBI will have more information this week (so says the WSJ)

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