Sony Online Entertainment also hacked

Further investigations in the PSNetwork security breach brings bad news for Sony. Its multiplayer game service was also hacked. Known as Sony Online Entertainment, the service is the second major victim of a huge hack attack on the Sony’s most ‘moneymaker’ products. PlayStation chief Kaz Hirai declared on Sunday that the credit card details of nearly 10 million PSN users may have been acquired illegally.

The damage doesn’t stop here. Another 10,700 bank account numbers have been stolen from the SOE network, property of users outside US (Germany, Austria, Netherlands and Spain). The first lawsuit against Sony’s latest security issues comes from a user in Alabama, and this is just the beginning of a wave of legal scrutiny.

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PlayStation Network will be back up this week!

Sony issued an official statement regarding the cyber attack on their PSNetwork in which they announce the restoration phase of the service along with some freebees for all the subscribers.

The restoration phase will be applied by region of PSNetwork and Qriocity beginning with gaming, music and video services to be turned on.

The initial phase of the rollout will include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation®3 (PS3) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems
    -This includes titles requiring online verification and downloaded games
  • Access to Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3/PSP for existing subscribers
  • Access to account management and password reset
  • Access to download un-expired Movie Rentals on PS3, PSP and MediaGo
  • PlayStation®Home
  • Friends List
  • Chat Functionality

The new security measures implemented include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Added automated software monitoring and configuration management to help defend against new attacks
  • Enhanced levels of data protection and encryption
  • Enhanced ability to detect software intrusions within the network, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns
  • Implementation of additional firewalls

Also known as the “Welcome Back” appreciation program, Sony will offer some goodies for all the present subscribers. The program will include:

  • Each territory will be offering selected PlayStation entertainment content for free download. Specific details of this content will be announced in each region soon.
  • All existing PlayStation Network customers will be provided with 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service. Current members of PlayStation Plus will receive 30 days free service.
  • Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity subscribers (in countries where the service is available) will receive 30 days free service.

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