As most of you know by now, Sony Computer Entertainment America has been working tirelessly around the clock to restore the Playstation Network after hackers got into their databases and stole millions of users’ info. The hackers presented the world with lots of negative news about how bad the system really was in a CHAT LOG that was released from an IRC channel. Sony has apologized for this, and are taking things very seriously.

They’ve been working to strengthen the security of their system, so that no more hacks can occur. They’ve hired a lot of smart people to help them out as well, and overall they’re really making progress when it comes to making the PSN a more secure place. Since I’m not actually paying for the network, and I still have access to my Netlfix without it, I find myself not caring nearly as much as a lot of people. I can understand completely how now, especially with school being out for most college students, this network thing is really annoying. All those missed hours of Black Ops… unforgivable! :P

Sony’s network is still down though, and will likely remain down for a little while longer. As you may recall, they told us before that their network would be ready to go live again within the first week of May. Their prediction, didn’t actually happen as it turns out. It’s going to take a little longer for us to get our online gaming back, but rest assured that the time it takes to get it back will be justified by the amount of security they’ll be putting into it. I’m rather okay with waiting a bit longer, if it means my info isn’t going to get stolen again (although we know hackers will continue to try).

 

They’ve almost completed the final stages of this process, and their network is almost ready to go. As they stated earlier on May 5th, the final stages of their network restoration is a complex, but vital step in the right direction

Today our global network and security teams at Sony Network Entertainment and Sony Computer Entertainment began the final stages of internal testing of the new system, an important step towards restoring PlayStation Network and Qriocity services.

As previously mentioned, we’ve been working around the clock to rebuild the network and enhance protections of your personal data. It’s our top priority to ensure your data is safe when you begin using the services again.

We understand that many of you are eager to again enjoy the PlayStation Network and Qriocity entertainment services that you love, so we wanted you to be aware of this milestone and our progress. We will provide additional updates as soon as we can.

In a statement released on May 6th, Sony tells customers that their number one priority is the security of their customer’s information, and that they aren’t planning on bringing the network back online until they can be certain that it is.

As you’ve heard us say, our utmost priorities are the security of the network and ensuring your data is safe. We won’t restore the services until we can test the system’s strength in these respects.

Based on what we knew, we expected to have the services online within a week. We were unaware of the extent of the attack on Sony Online Entertainment servers, and we are taking this opportunity to conduct further testing of the incredibly complex system. We know many of you are wanting to play games online, chat with your friends and enjoy all of the services PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have to offer, and trust me when I say we’re doing everything we can to make it happen.

 

I’m paying extra close attention to this matter, and I’ll be sure to keep you all updated as it unfolds. Hopefully within a few days, we’ll be back to kicking each others ass again!

 

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