Welcome Back Campaign of PlayStation Network

18 May, 2011 09:03

PlayStation Network (PSN) starts its phased restoration last week . To welcome player back to the Network, all existing PSN and Qriocity gamers ( currently in North America only ! ) can pick two of the following games for free: Dead Nation, inFAMOUS, LittleBigPlanet, Super Stardust HD, and Wipeout HD + Fury. For PSP gamers, they can choose from LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, Pursuit Force, and Kill Liberation. Gamers can claim the game in next 30 days, and once the game is downloaded, it is yours.

Free video games are quite attractive , but they are old games . Gamers probably owned them already. Relax , there are more promotion offers:

  • A selection of “On Us” rental movie titles will be available to PlayStation Network customers over one weekend, where Video Service is available. Those titles will be announced soon.
  • 30 days free PlayStation Plus membership for non PlayStation Plus subscribers.
  • Existing PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive an additional 60 days of free subscription.
  • Existing Music Unlimited Premium Trial subscription members will receive an additional 30 days of free premium subscription.
  • Additional 30 days + time lost for existing members of Music Unlimited Premium/Basic subscription free of charge for existing Premium/Basic members.
  • To welcome users Home, PlayStation Home will be offering 100 free virtual items. Additional free content will be released soon, including the next addition to the Home Mansion personal space, and Ooblag’s Alien Casino, an exclusive game.

Sony PSN will recover in phases from this week

2 May, 2011 10:31

Sony promised PlayStation Network (PSN), which previously hacked by external intrusion and shut down, will go online again in phases from this week. In Sony’s press release, Sony promised to improve security measures, give out free PlayStation Plus & Qriocity subscription and free software. Here is the press release:

SOME PLAYSTATION®NETWORK AND QRIOCITY™ SERVICES TO BE AVAILABLE THIS WEEK
Phased Global Rollout of Services to Begin Regionally; System Security Enhanced to Provide Greater Protection of Personal Information

Tokyo, May 1, 2011 – Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI, the company) announced they will shortly begin a phased restoration by region of PlayStation®Network and Qriocity™ services, beginning with gaming, music and video services to be turned on. The company also announced both a series of immediate steps to enhance security across the network and a new customer appreciation program to thank its customers for their patience and loyalty.

Following a criminal cyber-attack on the company’s data-center located in San Diego, California, U.S.A., SNEI quickly turned off the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, engaged multiple expert information security firms over the course of several days and conducted an extensive audit of the system. Since then, the company has implemented a variety of new security measures to provide greater protection of personal information. SNEI and its third-party experts have conducted extensive tests to verify the security strength of the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. With these measures in place, SCE and SNEI plan to start a phased rollout by region of the services shortly. The initial phase of the rollout will include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation®3 (PS3) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems
  • -This includes titles requiring online verification and downloaded games
  • Access to Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3/PSP for existing subscribers
  • Access to account management and password reset
  • Access to download un-expired Movie Rentals on PS3, PSP and MediaGo
  • PlayStation®Home
  • Friends List
  • Chat Functionality

    Working closely with several outside security firms, the company has implemented significant security measures to further detect unauthorized activity and provide consumers with greater protection of their personal information. The company is also creating the position of Chief Information Security Officer, directly reporting to Shinji Hasejima, Chief Information Officer of Sony Corporation, to add a new position of expertise in and accountability for customer data protection and supplement existing information security personnel. The new security measures implemented include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Added automated software monitoring and configuration management to help defend against new attacks
  • Enhanced levels of data protection and encryption
  • Enhanced ability to detect software intrusions within the network, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns
  • Implementation of additional firewalls

The company also expedited an already planned move of the system to a new data center in a different location that has been under construction and development for several months. In addition, PS3 will have a forced system software update that will require all registered PlayStation Network users to change their account passwords before being able to sign into the service. As an added layer of security, that password can only be changed on the same PS3 in which that account was activated, or through validated email confirmation, a critical step to help further protect customer data.

The company is conducting a thorough and on-going investigation and working with law enforcement to track down and prosecute those responsible for the illegal intrusion.

“This criminal act against our network had a significant impact not only on our consumers, but our entire industry. These illegal attacks obviously highlight the widespread problem with cyber-security. We take the security of our consumers’ information very seriously and are committed to helping our consumers protect their personal data. In addition, the organization has worked around the clock to bring these services back online, and are doing so only after we had verified increased levels of security across our networks,” said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation. “Our global audience of PlayStation Network and Qriocity consumers was disrupted. We have learned lessons along the way about the valued relationship with our consumers, and to that end, we will be launching a customer appreciation program for registered consumers as a way of expressing our gratitude for their loyalty during this network downtime, as we work even harder to restore and regain their trust in us and our services.”

Complimentary Offering and “Welcome Back” Appreciation Program

While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, the company is committed to helping its customers protect their personal data and will provide a complimentary offering to assist users in enrolling in identity theft protection services and/or similar programs. The implementation will be at a local level and further details will be made available shortly in each region.

The company will also rollout the PlayStation Network and Qriocity “Welcome Back” program, to be offered worldwide, which will be tailored to specific markets to provide our consumers with a selection of service options and premium content as an expression of the company’s appreciation for their patience, support and continued loyalty.

Central components of the “Welcome Back” program will include:

Each territory will be offering selected PlayStation entertainment content for free download.Specific details of this content will be announced in each region soon.

All existing PlayStation Network customers will be provided with 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service. Current members of PlayStation Plus will receive 30 days free service.

Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity subscribers (in countries where the service is available) will receive 30 days free service.

Additional “Welcome Back” entertainment and service offerings will be rolled out over the coming weeks as the company returns the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services to the quality standard users have grown to enjoy and strive to exceed those exceptions.

SNEI will continue to reinforce and verify security for transactions before resuming the PlayStation®Store and other Qriocity operations, scheduled for this month.

For more information about the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services intrusion and restoration, please visit http://blog.us.playstation.com. or http://blog.eu.playstation.com/

Sony PSN 7.7 million members’ personal information breached

27 Apr, 2011 23:31

It has been a week since PlayStation Network (PSN) is down . Sony confirmed today that the following personal information of PSN member has been BREACHED :

  • Name
  • Shipping Address
  • Billing Address
  • Country
  • E-mail address
  • Birth date
  • PSN/Qriocity ID
  • PSN/Qriocity password
  • PSN/Qriocity security questions & answer
  • Purchase history

The public guesses that payment information such as credit card information has also been hacked .

So , what is the solution ?

Top priority : Suspend the credit card associated with PSN / Request a new card with different security code .

Second priority : Monitor your emails and mails . If you find a lot of spam or weird emails sent to you , move your home / change your email address .

Third priority : Register a new PSN account (after the PSN problem solved) , but your game achievements cannot be migrated to new PSN account .

Fourth priority : Play offline / buy a new XBOX360 .

PlayStation Network (PSN) got hacked, 3rd day today

24 Apr, 2011 10:57

Believed that PS3 players can’t be happy in Easter holiday. It is the 3rd day PlayStation Network (PSN) was down due to some hackers breached their security . Sony Computer Entertainment’s tech team is actively investigating the issue, but nobody has the clue when will the PSN be re-open again .

“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.”

from PlayStation Blog

Luckily , I am a XBOX360 player . Not affected. Still , I wish PSN be recovered as soon as possible , more importantly , personal data and save files are not affected . It would be a disaster if personal data in PSN account be extracted , as it contains payment information such as credit cards and bank accounts . Good luck with PS3 gamers . For a happy Easter holiday , go buy a XBOX360 with Kinect .

Sony’s new measures to deal with PS3 jailbreakers

18 Feb, 2011 00:46

Sony finally responded to PS3 jailbreaking acts. PS3 jailbreakers will be in trouble this time. Sony announced on 16 Feb 2011 that the company will terminate the PlayStation Network (PSN) service of PS3 jailbreakers permanently.

“To avoid this, consumers must immediately cease use and remove all circumvention devices and delete all unauthorized or pirated software from their PlayStation 3 systems.”

- Jeff Rubenstein, Sony social-media manager

There is no actual execution plan released by Sony yet. Sony is undergoing a lawsuit against a well-known iPhone jailbreaker George Hotz (geohot), who released PS3 source code hack in January 2010. Geohot is accused of unspecified damages on Digital Millennium Copyright Act violations and other allegations. FYI, he is the author of famous iPhone hacking tool Blackra1n & limera1n .

Last , remember iPhone jailbreak is absolutely legal , while PS3 jailbreak is illegal .

p.s. Microsoft’s XBOX360 has a lot of jailbreakers too .

PlayStation Suite : Enable Android 2.3+ to play PlayStation games

28 Jan, 2011 00:25

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) unveiled not only the powerful PSP2 in today’s Tokyo announcement event, the company also announced “PlayStation Suite”, which enables Android™ 2.3+ devices to connect to PlayStation Network (PSN) and PlayStation games.

In order to ensure the Android devices provide good gaming experience to gamers, SCE will launch a “PlayStation® Certified” license program to hardware manufacturers. SCE will provide PS Suite contents within 2011, starting with PS one® games in PlayStation quality. SCE will also provide new game development environment to game developers and publishers to make games for the new PS Suite platform.

Sony’s New PSP2 to Capture Gamers

26 Jan, 2011 00:40


While we aren’t expecting a brand new PSP console at tomorrow’s (27 Jan) Sony announcement in Tokyo, we’re certainly not going to disappoint. From various sources like MCV, VJ247 and Engadget, the PSP2 will be announced with a lot new features.

From the rumors around the web, the new PSP2 has a lot of attractive features,  such as large high-definition screen, front-facing camera, running Android OS 2.3, microphone, motion sensing, twin analog buttons, even OLED touchscreens and support of 3G cellular data. As for gamers, they hope the new gadget will bring more exciting gaming experience to them.

Out of the rumors, there are few things confirmed for the gadget:
1. no more UMD
2. no more MemoryStick
3. PSP2 can’t make phone calls

For the design, instead of putting the buttons below the screens like PSP Go and the fans-art PSP2, buttons are better to be put on the sides of the screens for better handling.

Less than 48 hours to go. Stay tuned for more information.

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