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Sony Reaches ‘Important Step’ Towards PSN Restoration

by Mike Bendel May 5, 2011 @ 5:16 pm


While there’s still no firm ETA other than “this week,” Sony Computer Entertainment America spokesperson Patrick Seybold gave an update today on the company’s exhaustive effort to restore PSN and Qriocity services. This comes following a large scale intrusion that exploited server software vulnerabilities, leaving approximately 101 million accounts compromised across multiple SCE regions.

“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,” read a statement on the official PS Blog.

Seybold further noted that “We will provide additional updates as soon as we can.” It sounds like Sony is approaching the final hours of bringing the network back online, so here’s hoping we’ll have access by this weekend. It’s been a few tough weeks for PS3 owners.

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MenaceInc says:

"This week"? It's Friday already here in the UK. Need to hurry up a bit to make it "this week"

Biggy204 says:

By "this week" means a week from now according to Sony standards lol.

I to would hope for a friday opening, theres alot of DLC i wantes to download. So hop to it Sony.

TeamOverload says:

Best to give them time I suppose, especially to help them get their act together, so that they get a little bit better security than they had: http://www.joystiq.com/2011/05/05/psn-servers-were-unpatched-and-had-no-firewall-installed-secu/

Bran says:

It's about 11:30am in japan right now. Maybe they will have it up by tonight their time.

MenaceInc says:

it's now 6:21 PM Friday, May 06, 2011 in japan so it's the end of the working week for most companies. :S

KezraPlanes says:

Just play offline people! xD Is that so hard?

I hope this time they have decent security though, after what I've learnt in the last few hours, I have no intention of buying again from the PSN anytime soon.

Hellcat says:

Hahaa.... muahahahahaaaa HAAAAAHAAAAAA MUUAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAA *LOL* *ROTFLMAO*

Yeah, SUUUUUURE!

NeilR says:

Probably should read something like "the recently formed security teams at Sony Network Entertainment and Sony Computer Entertainment" ;)

Bran says:

That is hard when I want to play game online with my friend.

I never said I was NOT playing offline, I just want to play ONLINE as well.

KezraPlanes says:

I also want to play Portal 2 co-op with my GF (Steam and PS3, she can't get used to PS3 controls), but we have to wait... We've been playing offline multiplayer games likes SSFIV and Scott Pilgrim to keep us entertained while we wait. Yeah it's fucked, but it's not like we have much of a choice =\

Dan says:

Has anybody else seen the news about Sony using outdated server software and the lack of firewalls? They knew about it for months, and were warned about it, but couldn't be bothered doing anything.

MenaceInc says:

Yep, Math and a number of other people warned them apparently and they ignored it.

ultimakillz says:

damn, i was just reading something about that on one of these forums somewhere, or it might have been irc logs from after the attack, and now i cant remember where it was :\

MenaceInc says:

http://twitter.com/#!/Mathieulh/status/66405621783732224

Hope you excuse me if I don't go searching for further background to the circumstances as far as February.

Dan says:

I really don't understand the idiocy of Sony on this.

Biggy204 says:

I hear there is or has been another attack to the so called security of the PSN and SOE servers. So i dont think we'll seethe PSN up for til the end of this month or maybe more, unless Sony pulls a rabbit outta their hats.

KezraPlanes says:

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/34550/Hackers_Say_Anonymous_Likely_Responsible_For_Sony_Attacks.php

TA-DAH. xD

TeamOverload says:

DC Universe Online said their servers wouldn't be back up online, I know they're technically two different infrastructures, but I would assume that PSN will likely be in the same boat.

KezraPlanes says:

Isn't DC tied to the SOE Infra instead of the PSN one? I believe PSN could be back up without DC being back up...

x3sphere says:

Yes, PSN isn't dependent on SOE's servers as far as I know.

TeamOverload says:

Yes, that's why I said they're two different infrastructures, but I just would assume that Sony would put those two online services back up at the same time. I could be mistaken though, it was just a thought :P It's been a long day >_<

Craig Fairfax says:

This is making me realize I need more single player games.

KezraPlanes says:

I'm going on a tangent here, but since there different infrastructures and the teams working on it are different, they'll most likely be put back online at different times (aka when they are ready xD).

I do get where you're coming from though :P

This is why I actively refuse to get addicted to MP games xD

TeamOverload says:

Looks like I was right and they are somewhat related: http://kotaku.com/#!5799556/sony-latest-update-on-playstation-network-status-doesnt-sound-good

Dan says:

Turns out they weren't using outdated server software according to Google cache.

http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/thread.php?id=128351

x3sphere says:

That log being passed around is several months old, not surprising that they updated Apache since then.

If anyone wants the full log go here, it's from February:

http://173.255.232.215/logs/efnet/ps3dev/2011-02-16

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