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PSN Back Online – Well Sorta

Posted by on May 15, 2011 at 9:51 AM EST

After weeks of being down the Playstation Network is back up with limited functionally.

Not everyone is back online yet but Sony assures that they are slowly working to make sure the Playstation Network (PSN) is getting back to it’s former self. Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kazuo Hirai made fancy video of him sitting at his desk apologizing for allegedly giving away critical information on millions of customers. You could totally tell it was Kazuo Hirai’s desk because he had his glasses on it. Swanky.

The first free game you get is one called “Change your PSN Account Information” which people say is kinda short and maybe should have never been necessary in the first place. On top of that Sony is recommending all it’s customers enroll for a free year of identity theft protection. This way in the future when you trust data with a company like Sony you will be notified when your data is compromised instead of having to wait till your bank account is empty.

Addressing the length of time it took to get the PSN back online, Kazuo Hirai said “I wish we could have restored the network services faster, but these attacks were serious and sophisticated, and it simply took time to install and test the new security measures across our entire system,” This might have something to do with the fact that the account information was being stored in plain text which is kindof a huge security hole like the Grand Canyon is kindof a huge hole in the ground.

With all the DRM Sony put in the Playstation one would think the part which holds all the information like birthday, credit card number, and pants size would be the most secure. This will most likely be a permanent black eye to the face of the PSN considering most other game networks like Xbox Live have remained relatively secure in the face of a daunting security challenge. It’s nice to know that the network is back up but consumers are wary wondering how many other corporations out there are playing fast and loose with their data.

Now all PSN online users who have been patiently screaming waiting to play games like SOCOM 4 and Portal 2, which have bee offline since the outage, will be able to get their multiplayer fix. Hopefully this will be a lesson to the other game companies that the most important thing is not making sure people don’t steal your games. It’s making sure that hackers don’t steal your customers trust.



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