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Playstation To Restore Services This Week 174

Posted by timothy
from the no-schwag-for-geohot-I-bet dept.
iSimon19 writes with word that after last week's unscheduled service disruption and security breach, "On their blog last night, Playstation representatives announced they were restoring services throughout the week. This also included giving all users a month of Playstation Plus free, as well as select downloads for free with their 'Complimentary Offering and "Welcome Back" Appreciation Program.'"
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Playstation To Restore Services This Week

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  • Better (Score:5, Insightful)

    by tripleevenfall (1990004) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @10:38AM (#35990556)

    Better would be some kind of detailed explanation of how the hell this could have happened in the first place, and what they have done to make sure it won't happen again...

  • by socsoc (1116769) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @10:45AM (#35990578)
    That costs them nothing. I want ID theft protection. They hinted at it, but were very vague.
  • Re:Blog comments (Score:5, Insightful)

    by koolfy (1213316) <{moc.liamg} {ta} {yflook}> on Sunday May 01, 2011 @10:58AM (#35990652) Homepage Journal
    Never underestimate the stupidity of fanboys in great number.
  • Re:Better (Score:4, Insightful)

    by geekmux (1040042) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @11:00AM (#35990660)

    Better would be some kind of detailed explanation of how the hell this could have happened in the first place, and what they have done to make sure it won't happen again...

    The Truth: "We got hacked."

    Care to tell me why you have such an apparent appreciation for PR bullshit? You're certainly not going to get the truth, especially from a public company..

  • by Tihstae (86842) <Tihstae@gmail.com> on Sunday May 01, 2011 @11:26AM (#35990826) Homepage

    From the Blog Post: "The company is also creating the position of Chief Information Security Officer"

    Translation: During this difficult time, we have discovered that we have no security on our network and no one to blame for this. We will now have someone to blame and publicly humiliate when (not if) this happens again.

  • by Opportunist (166417) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @11:27AM (#35990832)

    Hand the plebs a few trinkets and beads and hope they forget quickly how we compromised their privacy and opened the huge can of worms for them.

    Gee, Sony, a bit more innovation! Especially since this can is heaps bigger than the last one!

  • Re:Better (Score:5, Insightful)

    by milkmage (795746) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @11:54AM (#35990988)

    watch the video of the press conference.
    this was a KNOWN vulnerability see @about 1:15 http://youtu.be/LeNR_HHhIGI [youtu.be]

    epic failure.
    how do you prevent it? how about patch your shit.

  • Re:Wakeup call US? (Score:4, Insightful)

    by tepples (727027) <tepples&gmail,com> on Sunday May 01, 2011 @01:01PM (#35991382) Homepage Journal

    Make direct online banking the standard

    And do what for payments in person?

    Here in The Netherlands we Have iDeal

    How is the iDEAL payment flow noticeably different from that of PayPal, which you call "horrible", other than that iDEAL is branded by the bank and not eBay?

  • by KingSkippus (799657) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @01:13PM (#35991496) Homepage Journal

    The OP is modded flamebait, but he's actually posting a VERY relevant point. Sony is a shady company with a repeated history of bad decisions and anti-customer practices. There is a very easy way to avoid these types of things: Stop paying Sony to spit on you!

    Actually, it started with me when my Sony home theater system broke. I sent it to them, they kept it for over SIX weeks, and when they sent it back, it was STILL broken the same damn way it was when I sent it to them to start with, but with a nasty scratch down the left side. So I sent it back again, and after several more weeks, it finally arrived, this time actually fixed. Or so I thought. A few months later, just after the one-year warranty period expired, it broke yet again. I called Sony, and they refused to fix it again without me paying for repairs, even though they had the thing in their possession over two of the twelve months of the warranty period. Instead, I took the damn thing to a recycling center.

    A few months after that, my PS2 broke. It was well out of warranty, around five years old. I don't know what the useful life of a PS2 is supposed to be, but I'd hope it's more than five years. Under normal circumstances, I'd normally chalk it up to crappy luck and not be too mad about it, but since I'd just been through my home theater system ordeal, yeah, it really pissed me off. (That's mad, not drunk, for you Brits.)

    Then the root kit fiasco hit shortly after that. Then my computer's Sony DVD burner stopped working. By this time, I had sworn off all Sony products. I think I remember an article hitting Slashdot around that time frame about Sony USB drives being infected as shipped from the factory. Then there was the Blu-ray shenanigans. Then there was the Other OS thing. Then the GeoHot lawsuit.

    So yeah, the PSN thing didn't affect me at all. I'm convinced that it happened because of Sony's lax security practices, and it couldn't have happened to a scummier company. Personally, I think that any Slashdot reader who was affected by this is a damn fool and practically deserved it. I've told all of my friends and family about Sony, and most of them avoid the company, too.

    My suggestion to everyone here is to stop accepting being butt raped by this company. Don't just post here about how sad/amused/mad/whatever you are, help spread the word. Post these headlines on your social network. If you're reading Slashdot, your geek cred is probably pretty high in your family and circle of friends, TELL people to avoid Sony. Only by putting them out of business once and for all, or impacting them enough to make them make significant changes, will they ever shape up or ship out.

  • Re:Blog comments (Score:4, Insightful)

    by westlake (615356) on Sunday May 01, 2011 @01:25PM (#35991588)

    Does anyone else have a hard time believing the majority of the comments on the blog post are real? They're all along the lines of, "Hallelujah, Sony is wonderful for getting the service back up!!!!!!!

    When a system is brought down, people blame the mischief and malice of the hacker and the culture they believe supports and sustains him.

    Whenever the geek summons the masses to the barricades he will far more often than not find them aligned with the other side.

    There are 70 million PSN accounts.

    What would that make it? 35 times the size of Slashdot?

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