Archive for April, 2011
The Official PSBlog posted another Q&A Post today that addresses some more questions about the PSN intrusion.
Some highlights include:
They “expect to have some services up and running within a week from yesterday.” (So hopefully by Tuesday, May 3rd.) “However, we want to be very clear that we will only restore operations when we are confident that the network is secure.”
It says that all 77 million people have been, or will be, contacted via email by tomorrow. I received mine this morning.
They also revealed that a “new system software update that will require all users to change their password once PlayStation Network is restored,” is being created.
All Credit card data was encrypted, however, the personal information was not encrypted.
The entire post is re-posted below for your convenience.
BethesdaSoftworks released the first video in Brink’s ‘Get SMART series’. This video highlights a lot of the dynamics of this highly anticipated game.
Brink will be release for the PS3 on May 10th in NA and on May 13th in EU.
The upcoming COD: Black Ops DLC, “Escalation” map pack, will contain the previously rumored Call of the Dead level/s.
This co-op map was inspired by Night of the Living Dead creator George A. Romero, who also makes a cameo appearance in the game. You will be able to “fight for their lives amidst an army of bloodthirsty Soviet zombies”, as you play as the “zombie-killing dream-team” of, Danny Trejo (Machete), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), and Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead). The actors also voiced themselves for the game.
This trailer has actually got me excited to play a COD zombie level again. It looks really good.
No release date has been revealed for the PSN, but it will be sometime after the timed exclusive May 3rd release on Xbox Live.
Although there isn’t really any new information revealed, PlayStaion created a FAQ page on their official site to hopefully answer any questions we may have about the PSN outage. You can check it out here, or, for your convenience, I reposted them all after the jump.
Senator Richard Blumenthal Demands Answers from Sony over Playstation Data Breach (Update from Sony’s Jim Reilly)
Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal wrote a letter to Jack Tretton, the President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), “demanding answers” about why SCEA failed to inform customers of the data breach the PlayStation Network suffered on April 20, 2011.
“When a data breach occurs, it is essential that customers be immediately notified about whether and to what extent their personal and financial information has been compromised… I am concerned that PlayStation Network users’ personal and financial information may have been inappropriately accessed by a third party,” Blumenthal wrote in the letter. “Compounding this concern is the troubling lack of notification from Sony about the nature of the data breach. Although the breach occurred nearly a week ago, Sony has not notified customers of the intrusion, or provided information that is vital to allowing individuals to protect themselves from identity theft, such as informing users whether their personal or financial information may have been compromised.”
“Blumenthal called for Sony to provide PlayStation Network users with financial data security services, including free access to credit reporting services for two years, the costs of which should be borne by the company. Additionally, he argued that affected individuals should be provided with sufficient insurance to protect them from the possible financial consequences of identity theft.”
What do you think? Should Sony have notified us sooner? Maybe SCEA didn’t realize what was going on until today. Also, I still haven’t received the promised letter from SCEA. Have you?
UPDATE: Sony’s Jim Reilly has stated over twitter that they were not aware of the data collected until yesterday 4/25/11.
“There’s a difference in timing between when we identified there was an intrusion and when we learned of consumers’ data being compromised.”
“It was necessary to conduct several days of forensic analysis and it took our experts until yesterday to understand the scope of the breach”
Blumenthal’s letter is after the jump.
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