After an embarrassing breach that compromised millions of users’ credit card and personal information, Sony has switched back on the PlayStation Network around the world. Users will have to download the mandatory System Update v3.61, which enables your machine to connect to the revitalized network.
Sony’s PlayStation Network has been down last few weeks and the outage was due to their network being hacked. Hackers using an alias signed up to rent a server through Amazon’s EC2 service and launched the attack from there.
From Sony’s Kaz Hirai.
Following a criminal cyberattack on the company’s data-center located in San Diego, California, U.S.A., Sony Network Entertainment International quickly turned off the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services, engaged multiple expert information security firms over the course of several days and conducted an extensive audit of the system. The intrusion was discovered between April 17 and 19, and the PlayStation Network was taken down on April 20. On April 26, Sony notified the owners of 10 million accounts that their personal information, potentially including credit card information, had been compromised in the attack.
What is Sony going to do about this:
- new security has been implemented, the data center has been moved to an undisclosed location
- appointed a Chief Information Security Officer, directly reporting to Shinji Hasejima, Chief Information Officer of Sony Corporation
- new security measures including more robust firewalls, enhanced levels of data protection and encryption and more
- each region will get a ‘Welcome Back’ package with free goodies
- 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service
- Qriocity subscribers will receive 30 days of free service
- Sony is considering paying for users’ credit card replacements