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PSN Outage Continues, Console Hack Claimed To Be Responsible 404

Posted by Soulskill
from the house-of-cards dept.
Over the weekend, we discussed news that the PlayStation Network had been down for days, with Sony saying little other than that it was caused by an "external intrusion" and that they were "rebuilding their network." Many of you have written to point out that the outage continues, with Sony saying they "don't have an update or timeframe to share at this point." One theory about the cause behind the network's downtime was recently espoused on Reddit by 'chesh,' a moderator at PlayStation-modding enthusiast site PSX-Scene.com. According to him, recently released custom firmware called Rebug allowed people to essentially turn their PS3s into dev consoles, though some features were missing. A different group supposedly used this firmware to get on PSN through the developer networks, and also found that fake credit card numbers were not being validated for game purchases, leading to what chesh called "extreme piracy." He acknowledges that this theory is speculation. Sony's handling of this outage is starting to draw attention from the government. Update: 04/26 20:47 GMT by S : Sony just posted more details, saying that a massive data breach occurred: An "unauthorized person" has PSN users' "name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID." Billing address, password questions, and credit card info may also have been taken.
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PSN Outage Continues, Console Hack Claimed To Be Responsible

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  • Re:Speculation (Score:5, Informative)

    by ThePhish (154000) on Tuesday April 26, 2011 @03:45PM (#35945974)

    You are correct, he is not the government...but he was CT's Attorney General for 20 years, and has long championed consumer rights and technology . So, him picking this battle as a freshman senator is technically accurate, but it does not reflect his multi-decade experience in the arena.

  • by ShaggusMacHaggis (178339) on Tuesday April 26, 2011 @03:57PM (#35946128) Homepage

    "We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network.

    Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for your dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.
    "

    http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/04/26/update-on-playstation-network-and-qriocity/ [playstation.com]

  • by Goffee71 (628501) on Tuesday April 26, 2011 @03:58PM (#35946146) Homepage
    Oh, Sony takes that very minute to make full confession:

    Press the NUKE button now!

    Thank you for your patience while we work to resolve the current outage of PlayStation Network & Qriocity services. We are currently working to send a similar message to the one below via email to all of our registered account holders regarding a compromise of personal information as a result of an illegal intrusion on our systems. These malicious actions have also had an impact on your ability to enjoy the services provided by PlayStation Network and Qriocity including online gaming and online access to music, movies, sports and TV shows. We have a clear path to have PlayStation Network and Qriocity systems back online, and expect to restore some services within a week.

    We’re working day and night to ensure it is done as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience and feedback.



    Valued PlayStation Network/Qriocity Customer: We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network. In response to this intrusion, we have:

    Temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services; Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure by re-building our system to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.

    We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and goodwill as we do whatever it takes to resolve these issues as quickly and efficiently as practicable. Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for your dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained. For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information. Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking. When the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services are fully restored, we strongly recommend that you log on and change your password. Additionally, if you use your PlayStation Network or Qriocity user name or password for other unrelated services or accounts, we strongly recommend that you change them, as well. To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we encourage you to remain vigilant, to review your account statements and to monitor your credit reports. We are providing the following information for those who wish to consider it: U.S. residents are entitled under U.S. law to one free credit report annually from each of the three major credit bureaus. To order your free credit report, visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call toll-free (877) 322-8228. We have also provided names and contact information for the three major U.S. credit bureaus below. At no charge, U.S. res
  • Re:Speculation (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday April 26, 2011 @04:30PM (#35946574)

    Well, here's some "speculation" from Patrick Seybold // Sr. Director, Corporate Communications & Social Media.

    http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/04/26/update-on-playstation-network-and-qriocity/

    "... an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for your dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained."

    Looks pretty bad to me. Anybody that reads and understands the above will never provide their real name or birthdate to a corporation online again. Ever.

  • by Seumas (6865) on Tuesday April 26, 2011 @05:52PM (#35947316)

    Sony does offer a paid service. It's called PSN Plus and it's $60/yr. It's the same service with discounts on a few download titles plus automatic patch downloading.

    Having a paid service wouldn't make it any better, anyway. They're not a little startup. It's Sony. I'm pretty sure they can bootstrap a service on their own dime without a significant impact to the bottom line. Especially when it's used to bolster the userbase for their mainline product.

    Also, don't forget when XBOX Live had an outage for . . . a week? Or was it even longer?

    Of course, that was an outage. Not a complete failure of all security measures.

  • by dissy (172727) on Tuesday April 26, 2011 @06:25PM (#35947578)

    Parent never once mentioned Xbox Live (Or any service) was better, so that wasn't an argument being made to need a response about which was better.

    His entire post was a complaint about Sony fanbois who can't stop talking about how great Sony is.

    They also charge a monthly fee, just sayin'.

    Just like that :P

  • Re:Cultural effect? (Score:4, Informative)

    by foetusinc (766466) on Tuesday April 26, 2011 @07:09PM (#35947906)
    Yes - the Japanese as a rule will not speculate on worst case scenarios the way westerners do. They will say what they know has happened or is wrong, not what could be wrong or might have happened. This is often perplexing to both sides, so that they'll think we're being hyperactive or paranoid, and we'll assume they're being obfuscatory or secretive.

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