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Forget the PSN incident for a second – or maybe for the next 60 seconds and let me give you an insight on what’s currently going on in my life.
We all have been affected by the PSN outage which lasted for over a month or so – this including the full restoration of the PS Store (which is as of writing this still offline). However, the majority of you have had the opportunity to play single player games on your beloved black box, ensuring the addict has got their fix whilst the PSN services were down.
Online gaming was restored only a few weeks ago, and those of you who are addicted to those multiplayer games got your ‘online’ gaming fix and your gaming life is now almost back to normal.
For me, it’s a little bit different. My story still goes back to when the initial services went offline back in April. I have yet to wait to get my gaming fix, whether it be on a single player game or a multiplayer. Why? Well, here my story (I hope the Hollywood producers are reading this – I’m sure you could beef up the story and make it into a Hollywood production).
Just a heads up for US residents: Sony has finally began sending out the emails with a link to get you your activation code for AllClear ID PLUS (I’ve just received mine about 5 minutes ago). If you want to sign up, you’ll use this link to acknowledge you want to use the service. After that, wait for up to 72 hours for your activation code. You have until June 28th, 2011 to activate your code, which will enable your identity theft protection up until June 28th of next year. To see what gets covered, check out our previous coverage here.
Sony HQ is one of the buildings that sits in the area close to Sorrento Valley, 20 minutes north of downtown San Diego. Companies such as Qualcomm and Kodak rest in this valley. I, personally, have no job knowledge about the positions opening up for Sony, however, they do sound a little bit alarming and, at the same time, comforting.
Positions such as Identity and Access Engineer, Data warehouse solutions architect, Server systems software architect, QA tester PlayStation Network, Software QA supervisor, and Network Operations Center manager have all emerged in the company’s job site. What does this all mean? Does it mean the positions are now open, or are they simply reinforcing their digital fortress with more man power? Sony has not been clear as of late on what they intend or are currently doing with this down time, so one has to assume that they are working nonstop in order to restore the network. Hopefully these positions are filled soon, and the company finds its way back up from below its misfortune.
To see the rest of the positions, visit the official Sony Job site here.
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Sony has supplied another update to the PlayStation Network restoration timeline. It looks like it’ll be a few more days at least:
I know you all want to know exactly when the services will be restored. At this time, I can’t give you an exact date, as it will likely be at least a few more days. We’re terribly sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work through this process.
That’s a better estimate than May 31st, but it’s still pretty dreadful news for any PS3 owner that wants to play new games like Mortal Kombat, Portal 2, SOCOM 4 or Brink (which was released today) online. Or maybe, you just want to watch some Quore, and browse the store. Whichever service you are missing, we are all feeling the same pain, so, hold on for a couple more days.
Direct from Sony’s Mouth was this disturbing announcement made public on SOE’s website; an extension of the same attack on PSN, this time including some old credit card information dating back to 2007. You can read the press release in full below. Sony hasn’t said that the information was absolutely stolen, but did mention it may have been.
SONY ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES
THEFT OF DATA FROM ITS SYSTEMS
Breach Believed to Stem From Initial Criminal Hack of SOE
Tokyo, May 3, 2011 – Sony Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment announced today that their ongoing investigation of illegal intrusions into Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE, the company) systems revealed yesterday morning (May 2, Tokyo time) that hackers may have stolen SOE customer information on April 16th and 17th, 2011 (PDT). SOE is based in San Diego, California, U.S.A.
This information, which was discovered by engineers and security consultants reviewing SOE systems, showed that personal information from approximately 24.6 million SOE accounts may have been stolen, as well as certain information from an outdated database from 2007. The information from the outdated database that may have been stolen includes approximately 12,700 non-U.S. credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates (but not credit card security codes), and about 10,700 direct debit records of certain customers in Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Spain.