By Luke Baker
Copy Editor, Secret Agent Man
**UPDATE 3** Sony has released new information concerning the shutdown of Playstation Network. Due to a breach in the security network infrastructure, Sony decided it was best to rebuild the entire system.
There has been no official statement saying that credit card information has been obtained. Sony does say it’s possible your name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password, login handle/PSN online ID, profile data, purchase history, billing address, and your PlayStation Network/Qriocity password security answers may have been obtained, however.
Out of caution, Sony does say to be aware of any email/mail/telephone scams in the event that any credit card numbers were obtained.
“We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and goodwill as we do whatever it takes to resolve these issues as quickly and efficiently as practicable,” according to the Playstation blog.
You can read the whole statement in its entirety here.
**UPDATE 2** Unconfirmed theories have been circling around the internet that the cause of Playstation Network being down may involve a custom firmware, free of charge, to allow users to hack into PSN. The moderator of PSX-scene, chesh420, claims that the firmware enabled regular PS3′s to have the same capabilities of a developer’s system. From there, plugging in a custom URL and a fake credit card number would allow the user to download as many games as they wanted. Sony has yet to confirm whether it is all speculation or not, however it is an interesting theory indeed. What do you think internet world?
Here is the post from the moderator of PSX-scene.
**UPDATE** Sony has issued a new statement (April 22) on the matter of Playstation Network and their music service Qriocity being down.
“An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th. Providing quality entertainment services to our customers and partners is our utmost priority. We are doing all we can to resolve this situation quickly, and we once again thank you for your patience. We will continue to update you promptly as we have additional information to share,” said Patrick Seybold, Sr. Director of Corporate Communications and Social Media at Sony. **
Playstation Network is still having issues. While earlier this month, an anonymous hacking group made threats against Sony for the legal action brought against George Hotz and other hackers involved in similar cases, it is still not yet clear as to whether this group is responsible or not.
Numerous users on Twitter and on Playstation.blog aren’t very happy about the repeated connectivity problems PSN has been having. Sony has, however, issued a statement addressing the network problems. Service may not be available for a “full day or two.” Patrick Seybold, Sr. Director of Corporate Communications and Social Media at Sony issued the statement today (April 21).
“While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage, we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we’re able to get the service completely back up and running. Thank you very much for your patience while we work to resolve this matter. Please stay tuned to this space for more details, and we’ll update you again as soon as we can,” said Seybold.
Interestingly enough, venturebeat.com mentions that the outage fell on the same day that Amazon.com had a major failure in it’s cloud-based service — which in turn took down many other Web 2.0 businesses. Nothing has been confirmed that there is a correlation between the two, but it might raise a few eyebrows.
Keep your fingers crossed, Playstation fans!
Source: blog.us.playstation.com, venturebeat.com
Image from ps3hax.net