Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) and Microsoft’s Xbox Live services were both hit by hackers during Christmas, with PSN staying offline even after the attacks stopped. To make up for the downtime, Sony on Thursday announced that it’ll offer gamers who have an active PlayStation Plus subscription an extension, and that all PSN users will soon receive a one-time discount good for digital purchases. More →
Hackers may have tried to prevent Sony Pictures from releasing The Interview, a controversial comedy depicting a fictional assassination attempt on North Korea’s leader, but the company eventually launched it in select theaters while also making the movie available for streaming on Google Play, YouTube, Xbox and iTunes. The movie studio announced record sales for the movie, and onnow it expanded The Interview’s availability, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. More →
There aren’t many winners in the Sony hack but one of them might be BlackBerry. The New York Times reports that once Sony realized the massive scope of the hack, it was forced to dig up “a handful of old BlackBerrys, located in a storage room in the Thalberg basement” and give them to key executives. The reason Sony did this is because BlackBerry still has an unmatched reputation for security and their devices were the only way Sony could be sure their high-level executives’ communications remained confidential. More →
Sony announced on Monday that it would be temporarily extending the final week of the Holiday Sale and the most recent Flash Sale on the PlayStation Store following the PSN outage resulting from a massive hack. The Holiday Sale will now end on January 6th at 3 p.m. ET and the Flash Sale will end on New Year’s Eve at 3 p.m. ET. More →
Sony has been hit by two different hacker groups in a month, as Guardians of Peace (GOP) and Lizard Squad have targeted Sony Pictures and PSN, respectively. Of the two attacks, the former was more disastrous for Sony, as hackers managed to steal a massive amount of personal and business-related information, and convince Sony to briefly cancel the release of The Interview, a controversial comedy about the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. More →
Now that we’ve thoroughly explored the top 10 games of 2014, it’s time to look ahead to the new year. 2015 promises to be an interesting year in gaming not only because developers are becoming increasingly comfortable with the new hardware, but also due to the high-profile delays that shook the release schedule this fall. More →
Was the North Korean government really the mastermind behind the massive hack on Sony? Many researchers have continued to express skepticism about this claim and The Security Ledger reports that researchers at security firm Norse may have uncovered the best evidence yet that the Sony hack was actually an inside job. More →
Hackers hit Sony Pictures in late November, looking to disable the company’s daily operations and convince the movie studio to stop its planned release of The Interview, a movie that has been strongly criticized by North Korea ever since being announced. Sony initially agreed to their demands, pulling the film from theaters a few days before its Christmas Day launch. But the company changed its mind after receiving harsh criticism from President Obama and several big names in the movie industry, releasing the movie in select cinemas and online with help from Microsoft and Google. More →
Sony and Microsoft were both hit by hackers on Christmas Eve, with a group calling themselves Lizard Squad claiming responsibility for the DDoS attacks that took down both the PlayStation Network (PSN) and Xbox Live services. The companies confirmed the attacks and eventually restored service to their online portals after being hit, but PSN remained offline for nearly three days. More →
Was “The Interview” the perfect cover? The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted an extensive investigation into the recent massive Sony hack. Following the conclusion of that investigation, the FBI felt that its evidence pointing to hackers with ties to North Korea was so strong that President Obama publicly pinned responsibility on the Eastern nation.
Now, however, several security experts have come forward to suggest that North Korean hackers may only have partial responsibility, or perhaps they weren’t involved at all. Instead, it looks like the Sony hack may have been an inside job. More →
Sony Pictures Entertainment’s “The Interview” went from being just another mediocre comedy to being the most talked-about movie of 2014, and it’s all thanks to hackers’ efforts to prevent the movie’s release. The massive Sony hack has been front page news for the past few weeks, and the story was particularly interesting because it appeared as though the attack was perpetrated by hackers with ties to North Korea.
That conclusion is now in question despite the fact that the FBI and President Obama have publicly pinned the cyberattack on North Korea, but the hackers had still demanded that The Interview be shelved if Sony hoped to prevent further data from being released. After initially caving, Sony decided to go ahead with the movie’s release anyway — and now it looks like the Sony hackers’ worst nightmare has come true. More →
Though hackers tried as hard as they possibly could to prevent its release, the most talked-about movie of 2014 can now be seen in theaters. Sony Pictures Entertainment’s “The Interview” is showing in small theaters across the country beginning on Christmas Day, and here’s a complete list of every theater showing the film.
As many of you also know, the movie was released on Christmas Eve Day online as well. Through partnerships with Google and Microsoft, Sony was able to offer The Interview for rental or purchase to YouTube, Google Play and Xbox users.
Of course, you can also watch the movie on a wide range of other devices including iPhones, iPads, iPod touch handhelds, Roku boxes and Apple TVs. More →