Sony PSN Outage Discounts and Plus Subscription

Putting up with the Christmas PSN outage gets you free Plus extension and discount for games

By on January 2, 2015 at 7:45 AM.

Putting up with the Christmas PSN outage gets you free Plus extension and discount for games

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 →

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PSN Xbox Live Hack

One of the hackers allegedly behind the PSN and Xbox Live attacks has been arrested

By on January 1, 2015 at 9:44 AM.

One of the hackers allegedly behind the PSN and Xbox Live attacks has been arrested

For millions of gamers around the world, Christmas was ruined last week when hackers from a group called “Lizard Squad” crippled the online gaming networks tied to Xbox and PlayStation consoles. The attacks rendered the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live completely unusable by hammering them with Internet traffic in an attack called a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.

The hackers behind the attacks bragged about them online and even on the news, but all of that arrogance may have come at a price for at least one alleged Lizard Squad member, who has reportedly been arrested. More →

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PSN and Sony Pictures Hack

New reports reveal a possible link between the PSN and Sony Pictures hacks

By on December 30, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

New reports reveal a possible link between the PSN and Sony Pictures hacks

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 →

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PSN Online: Service Restored

It took Sony three days to restore PSN after crippling attack

By on December 29, 2014 at 8:00 AM.

It took Sony three days to restore PSN after crippling attack

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 →

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PSN Xbox Live Attack

The hackers behind the PSN and Xbox Live attacks explain why they did it

By on December 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM.

The hackers behind the PSN and Xbox Live attacks explain why they did it

People all over the world tried to enjoy some online gameplay on their new PlayStation and Xbox consoles on Christmas Day, but they couldn’t. Millions more who already had video game consoles and needed a quick escape from their families on Thursday also couldn’t connect to the PlayStation Network or Xbox Live.

Why? Because both networks suffered multiple days of full and partial downtime due to a huge attack from a hacker group called the “Lizard Squad,” and now we know exactly why they did it. More →

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PSN Offline and Xbox Live Services Down

Hack update: PSN remains offline and some Xbox Live services still down for the count

By on December 26, 2014 at 8:45 AM.

Hack update: PSN remains offline and some Xbox Live services still down for the count

Both Sony’s PlayStation Network and Microsoft’s Xbox Live services were hit on Christmas Eve with DDoS attacks, with hacker group Lizard Squad taking responsibility for the hits; the group did warn users a few weeks ago that such an attack on Sony’s and Microsoft’s online gaming services was planned for Christmas. While both Sony and Microsoft have managed to bring their networks back online on and off since then, it appears that many gamers are still unable to log into either PSN or Xbox Live.

Currently, PSN is still offline for many users, with some Xbox Live services also unavailable to Xbox owners. More →

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Sony to finally complete full PSN service restoration this week

By on July 5, 2011 at 10:20 AM.

Sony to finally complete full PSN service restoration this week

Nearly two and a half months after its networks were breached by the hacker group LulzSec, Sony will finish restoring its PlayStation Network later this week when it reactivates the service in Japan. According to Bloomberg, Sony has been working with the FBI to identify the LulzSec hackers who were responsible for the attack on its San Diego data centers, during which the hackers obtained account information for more than 100 million PlayStation Network users. Reportedly, LulzSec rented and used servers from Amazon.com’s cloud service to facilitate the attack. Sony CEO Howard Stringer apologized after the attacks and offered a year of identity theft protection to those affected by the breach, as well as a free month of access to PSN. More →

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New website answers the question on all our minds: Has Sony been hacked this week?

By on June 13, 2011 at 11:45 AM.

New website answers the question on all our minds: Has Sony been hacked this week?

BGR has provided extensive coverage of an ongoing saga that has seen numerous digital properties belonging to Sony fall under attack. To date, personal information belonging to well over 100 million Sony customers has been compromised, and nearly 13 million credit card numbers have been stolen. For IT professionals or other tech enthusiasts with weak stomachs, we can understand if reading one story after another about Sony’s security woes might make you a bit queasy. As such, a new site launched recently that has you covered. Hassonybeenhackedthisweek.com answers a single question for those who simply want to cut to the chase: Has Sony been hacked this week? The answer right now, by the way, is “yes.” More →

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Sony Pictures breach confirmed to be authentic; Sony launches investigation

By on June 3, 2011 at 9:15 AM.

Sony Pictures breach confirmed to be authentic; Sony launches investigation

A small group of hackers calling themselves LulzSec on Thursday claimed to have breached a Sony website and gained access to personal information belonging to over 1 million Sony customers. The group posted a statement claiming it did not have the resources to download the massive database tied to SonyPictures.com, but it provided samples of the data accessed in order to prove the breach was real. The Associated Press contacted several of the purported victims using phone numbers posted by LulzSec, and it was able to confirm with multiple victims that the data, which included account passwords, was authentic and accurate. Sony has not yet confirmed the breach, though a company spokesperson did say Sony is currently investigating the claims. This new breach is the latest in a string of hacks on various Sony networks that have compromised personal data belonging to over 100 million Sony customers. More →

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Sony PlayStation Network to be fully restored by this weekend in most regions

By on May 31, 2011 at 10:03 AM.

Sony PlayStation Network to be fully restored by this weekend in most regions

Sony on Tuesday stated that services associated with its PlayStation Network will be fully restored by the end of this week in all regions outside Japan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Sony also said it would fully restore the Music Unlimited services tied to its Qriocity streaming music offering for the PlayStation 3, PSP and PCs. “We have been conducting additional testing and further security verification of our commerce functions in order to bring the PlayStation Network completely back online so that our fans can again enjoy the first class entertainment experience they have come to love,” said Kazuo Hirai, Sony’s Executive Deputy President, in a statement. “We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time.” Sony recently suffered a series of cyberattacks across various networks that exposed personal data belonging to over 100 million of the company’s customers. Sony is currently working with the FBI to identify the parties responsible for breaching its various digital networks. Hit the break for Sony’s full press release. More →

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Sony now offering free identity theft protection to PSN and Qriocity customers

By on May 26, 2011 at 8:39 PM.

Sony now offering free identity theft protection to PSN and Qriocity customers

Sony has made good on its promise to offer free identity theft protection to customers whose private information was stolen during a major security breach of its PSN and Qriocity networks. If your account was compromised, you just have to provide the email address that was used to register for Qriocity or PSN, and Sony will provide a free activation code for AllClear ID Plus within 72 hours. AllClear ID Plus will offer free ID theft alerts and will help Sony’s customers get in touch with fraud investigators, should the need arise. More →

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Sony cyberattacks spill over to Sony Ericsson

By on May 25, 2011 at 2:43 PM.

Sony cyberattacks spill over to Sony Ericsson

Sony continues to be targeted in a series of cyberattacks that have resulted in the theft of personal information belonging to over 100 million Sony customers. Following breaches of the company’s PlayStation Network, Sony Online Entertainment, So-net Entertainment and most recently, the Sony’s Greek website, hackers have breached a database associated with Sony Ericsson’s Canadian online shop. Personal data including names, email addresses and passwords belonging to more than 2,000 customers was compromised, but Sony said no credit card numbers were stolen. A Lebanese hacking group called Idahca claimed responsibility for the attack, and it said the information obtained has been leaked on Facebook and Twitter. It is unclear if this latest attack is tied in any way to previous attacks on Sony’s various digital properties. More →

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