PSN partially restored for gamers soon, 3.61 firmware update live
Posted: 15.05.2011 01:36 by Comments: 8
Sony has issued a statement that PlayStation Network will be partially restored soon, allowing gamers to play online, and nearly its entire portfolio of online games, game forums and Web sites will go back online but the company will also require players to reset their passwords.

Sony's issued statement reads:

As the result of a criminal cyber-attack on the company's network, SOE shut down its game services in order for the company to undertake an investigation and incorporate rigorous enhancements to the overall security of the network infrastructure. SOE worked with several outside respected security firms during the course of implementing significant security measures that strengthen safeguards against unauthorized activity and provide customers with greater protection of their personal information.

SOE made enhancements to overall data security as well, including updating and adding advanced security technologies, additional software monitoring, performing new penetration and vulnerability testing, and increased levels of encryption.

"Our main priority is the safety and security of our customers' personal information," said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation. "We are making consumer data protection a full-time, company-wide commitment, and have applied enhanced security technologies so that our customers can feel protected and confident about playing our games."

Hirai added, "We are committed to delivering secure and entertaining games for players of all ages and thank each of our players for their patience and support during this difficult time."
SOE will also be offering its customers a "Welcome Back" program that includes special game content and services to all registered Station Account holders. As part of this program, players will receive 30 days of additional game time plus one day for each day SOE's services were down.

The first rollout of services restoration in NA and EU, called "phase one" includes:

* Sign-in for PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, including the resetting of passwords.
* Restoration of online gameplay across PlayStation 3 and PSP.
* Playback rental video content, if within rental period, of PlayStation Store Video Store on PS3, PSP and Media Go.
* Music Unlimited, for current subscribers, on PS3 and PC.
* Access to third party services such as VidZone and MUBI.
* Friends’ category on PS3, including Friends List, Chat Functionality, Trophy Comparison, etc.
PlayStation Home.

The 3.61 update is now live, which will allow them to reset their username/password. Let us know if you've gotten back PSN and played something, like Portal 2 or Mortal Kombat.
Source: CNet
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By Arrecoolast (SI Core) on May 15, 2011
Nice work Sony! :D
By PowerJack (SI Elite) on May 15, 2011
W00T, I can reset my username?
By VHugoSama (SI Core) on May 15, 2011
I Just did the update and it hasn't change anything, I couldn't log in "PSN still in maintenance".
By mrvampus (SI Newbie) on May 15, 2011
i have just done the update and reset my password, now i can play online again
By thunder9442 (SI Newbie) on May 15, 2011
Just downloaded and installed. It's about time Sony
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on May 15, 2011
"As the result of a criminal cyber-attack on the company's network..."
Starting a statement with an excuse is never a good sign, and something we're very used to from companies preparing us for bad news lumped onto someone/thing else.
What a complicated mess Sony are in with PSN, and I really don't see it getting much better with Hackers already preparing fresh attacks once PSN is up and running.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on May 16, 2011
The digital download store Direct2Drive just released this on their FB page:
"It has come to our attention that unauthorized Direct2Drive pages are being made. We are reporting this to Facebook, please be careful safe guarding your personal information."
This is getting dangerously ridiculous.
By Knave (SI Core) on May 16, 2011
Yep, finally got around to updating and installing. Where's my hush money (free stuff)?