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PSN Store still down as Sony suffers new attacks in Greece and Japan

Sony's PSN Store is still offline. While many had been reporting – and hoping – that the Store would reopen today, continued due-diligence busywork on the network's security sees Sony's latest update stating that the company hopes to have the service back up by the end of the month. Some features of the network will also be offline for maintenance until day's end today, though a “majority” of US consumers will still be able to access online play. This as fresh hacker attacks plague the company in Greece and Japan.

On Sunday, the Greek wing of Sony Music discovered a website breach that compromised personal data for 8,500 customers. Sony says this data includes names and contact details but no credit card details. Embarrassingly, the same method used to pull off the Greek breach – an SQL injection flaw, if you want to get technical – today saw a hacker group named Lulz Security gain access to the servers for Sony Music Entertainment Japan. No data has been reported missing, in line with Lulz' self-proclaimed mission of breaching dodgy security systems for fun rather than profit.

PSN is still down in Japan. Last week, the Japanese Government stated that while they weren't stopping Sony from bringing the Network back online, “there are... areas that require further explanation” with regards to Sony's security commitments to its customers. After the two latest hacks, few would disagree.

May 24, 2011

36 comments

  • lovinmyps3 - May 26, 2011 8:11 p.m.

    Wow Sony. Glad to see those firmware updates were worth it in the long run.
  • yetanotherCid304 - May 26, 2011 3:07 a.m.

    I can't blame the hackers this time. Sony is being negligent in it's reconstruction. LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES AND MOVE ON
  • XLGirthMan - May 25, 2011 9:06 p.m.

    This isn't GETTING out of hand. It's BEEN out of hand from the get-go. I'm done defending Sony. Save all that "they're trying" crap. Get hacked once, shame on the hackers. Get hacked again, and immediately after no less, and you lose any respect or patience you had from me. There is no longer any excuse for this. I almost want Sony to go bankrupt, maybe the idiots running the place will finally see how stupid they are.
  • ChrisCultista - May 25, 2011 7:12 p.m.

    Wow do they never let up. Looks like Sony has become the hackers punching bag.
  • TheHowetzer - May 25, 2011 6:48 p.m.

    I just want to know where all you pro geohotz "pro consumer" fucks are now? Are you enjoying what your fucktard idiot hacker freinds have wrought for you? I really hope you are. Anyone who tries to think about blaming Sony for this bullshit is a fucking IDIOT. Period. Blaming Sony in this matter is like the world being destryoed by nuclear weapons and in the aftermath people being all pissed off at the nuclear weapons themselves and NOT the people who launched them. @ Crumdunky LOLz holy shit man I thought I was conspiracy minded, but you brought that shit to a WHOLE nother level! Hey Im not saying it isnt possible, I sure as hell wouldnt put it passed these hacker dorks with nothing but time and a bad idea on their hands, but damn man lol. But, I do remember already thanking all those pro consumer fucks for taking the consumers' power away from us, and I really at this point would not be too surprised if their are some serious changes in the gaming industry to try to squelch this problem, because it wasnt good enough for everyone to just let sony do what sony wanted to do with its own fucking system, we gotta have hackers crying about shit and attacking them, well have fun hacking your own fucking system that YOU will have to build because if this shit keeps up there is no realistic way any company can continue in this business. Oh yeah to all you retards out there talking about how much money Sony has, and they should be able to do anything they want with all that money, you are just plain dumb, please stop posting here and influencing people that will listen to your idiotic drivel. The fact is they do NOT have that much money, they took like a 3.2 Billion dollar loss this year alone with Japan and the PSN crap going on....how many years do you really think ANY company (besides the US government) can sustain those losses and remain viable? Think about it retards. Ive gotta get going, but I feel like I could rant like that for a while longer, but I have already ranted enough, sorry about that, but it really gets me mad when people want to blame the victim here, and dont realize what can REALLY happen to their favorite pastime when stuff like this happens. I'll tell you who loses here people: It's us.
  • therawski - May 25, 2011 3:35 p.m.

    I heard the store was going to be up at the END of the month, I was glad online play was restored way before that, I agree with @UcryinLikeaBitch Just save some money for now, be patient, xbox live costs money and even an autistic kid can pay someone to hack it for him, are you all spoiled siyxth grayders who WAAAANIT NOW, BUT MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!
  • UcryinLikeaBitch - May 25, 2011 2:07 p.m.

    You all need a tissue? Quit ur cryin!!!!It will be fixed..Its ok...it might jus take a little while longer..ok sweetie? I'm sorry honey.Are you feeling ok? lol freakin pussys
  • CitizenWolfie - May 25, 2011 8:25 a.m.

    I was hoping they would at least have the "Redeem Codes" feature back online. I've got my Mortal Kombat online pass and LA Noire preorder DLC to claim!
  • sugaplz - May 25, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    TT
  • z50macdaddy - May 25, 2011 7:22 a.m.

    Was only a matter of time.
  • gamerkx - May 25, 2011 6:36 a.m.

    bet Bill Gates is laughing his ass off right about now....
  • crumbdunky - May 25, 2011 6:20 a.m.

    @Ridereyu-Exactly. These toolswho cry about our freedoms have gone after Sony, totally selfishly, just because one of their own got taken to court. Thy kept attacking a company so publicly over nothing and put out innocent gamers thn eventually governments WILL force draconian measures on al of us to make sure this stuff gets harder and harder to do. They won't be looking at this and thinking it's all Sony's fault(which it really, really isn't-if the Pentagon can get hacked by one bi polar guy from the UK then nobody is anything LIKE safe but the comments here are predictably anti Sony and short sighted)
  • Ridureyu - May 25, 2011 4:59 a.m.

    there is no such thing as an unhackable system. even the most super-secure government files can easily be stolen by somebody with enough time. No matter how many people Who have on "security," there is always a way to break in. Honestly, I think that if it keeps up, there will be a huge push in the US to remove all internet anonymity, and censor activity from the government down. It may even be part of an intentional plan to do so, started because of outrage at Wikileaks. Start hacking small things, then move up, and eventually FORCE the United States to remove freedom for its citizens.
  • metroid2099400 - May 25, 2011 4:55 a.m.

    Wow. It looks like yesterday was a terrible time to buy a PS3... ...with a download voucher for Wipeout HD.
  • DISCOSTICKJ81 - May 25, 2011 4:36 a.m.

    The PSN service is just a joke now!
  • ZigzMagoo - May 25, 2011 4:15 a.m.

    @Hydrohs Sony is one of, if not the biggest entertainment mega corporation in the world. They have mountains of fucking money. What they don't have is half decent security
  • boondocks50 - May 25, 2011 4:14 a.m.

    Does this mean that PSN in Asia (i'm in Korea) is going to be delayed even further? Its Annoying how Europe and America has been able to go online for over a week now, and our network is still under maintenance. After reading this i guess its for the best if they're getting hacked still but idk i'm getting more and more discouraged.
  • Arehexes - May 25, 2011 4:11 a.m.

    @Kethmach I stopped reading when you said you don't use psn but want your free games. Wow you are a piece of work, talk shit about a service you don't use and demanded sony should reward you. I don't know how many gamers are really "tech savy" but no system is 100% secure, because every piece of software has some bug/exploit that can be broken end of story. It's what my profs said in school "No software is truly 100% bug free". Sony should have told us sooner what happened and they should have a better method, but it's still the hackers fault. If someone robbed your house are you going to say "Man I wish I had a better security system to protect my stuff" or are you going to call the cops and ask them to help get your stuff back and get the thief. To all you who are mad at sony for all this and don't even blame the hackers I really hope you picked the latter, or your just a fucking hypocrite end of story.
  • SlinkyDink - May 25, 2011 4:01 a.m.

    This is getting out of hand, I'm starting to lose all faith in Sony. I might have to sell my PS3. I was looking forward to the PSN Store being up today, or tonight at least. I'll bet money that shit about them getting everything ready by the end of the month is bullshit too.
  • ogre150 - May 25, 2011 3:50 a.m.

    I understand being upset that Sony has been getting these attacks and that it's hurting their online community of gamers. Problem is that everyone's pissed at Sony and not pissed at the tools who hack systems "for fun". Could Sony have implemented some better security from the get go? Hell yes! Does that make it all right and cool for worthless hackers to break in and steal peoples private information? Hell no! You have to realize that no matter how tight the security is on any system, someone will have the ability to hack it. You just have to hope that those who have that ability either work for you or have the common decency not to hack into your system just "for fun". Please stop blaming Sony for all of this. Put the blame were the majority of the blame goes: tool hackers.

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