With leftover egg still dripping from its face, Sony today said it provided notice to around 37,500 people whose accounts may have been compromised in the recent hacker attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE). While hackers made off with personally identifiable information, Sony insists that stolen information did not include any credit card numbers, social security numbers, or drivers license numbers.
Sony has had more than its share of issues lately, but just days after switching all its PlayStation services back on, they’re ready to woo jilted customers. That’s right, the Sony Welcome Back program is online. The free games and other perks will be available for your consideration until July 3. If you haven’t taken advantage by then, the deals go bye-bye.
Have you heard the one about Sony getting hacked? Of course you have, only this time the cyber attack didn't target Sony's recently restored PlayStation Network (PSN). Instead, the hacker group known as "LulzSec" took aim at Sony Pictures and reportedly made off with personal information of more than 1 million users, as well as music codes and coupons. But hey, Sony was "asking for it," the hacker group said.
After restoring gaming service for PSN recently, Sony has now started a full scale restoration of PSN and Qriocity services. The services should be back online in the Americas, Europe, and Asia today. Although, Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea will have to wait a bit longer. The PlayStation store is already poised for return with a collection of new games and demos. But not all is going to plan.
We're fine with companies offering thinner, lighter designs, all we ask is that they figure out a way to nip and tuck without removing vital organs and replacing them with less powerful parts. After all, this is Maximum PC, not Compromise PC. Well, Sony claims that its new S Series Vaio laptop "combines for the first time portability, performance, and power" in said thinner and lighter design. Did they really do it?
Aesthetically, Sony’s VAIO L Series all-in-one pleased us the most. Its sides and back are white plastic, the new “in” look for PCs this year, and the matching keyboard and mouse make this system a nice fit in any environment.
Like we said on Friday, Sony just can't catch a break. Japan's major earthquake devastated the company the same as it did almost every other Japanese company; then hackers kicked them (and their crappy security systems) while they were down and brought the PlayStation network to its knees. It's been bad news after bad news since March, and the company's recently revised financial forecast shows just how hard the past few months have been to Sony's wallet.
Sony just can't catch a break. Just as the Japanese company was pulling itself out of the hole following the PSN and SOE hacks, a phishing site has been found living on Sony's servers. The site is hosted on a sub-domain of Sony's official Thailand site. Who's running this company's servers anyway?
It seems like only yesterday that PSN went down in flames – is what we would be saying if it hadn't been nearly a month. This past weekend, however, Sony finally gave the service the go-ahead to rise from its own ashes, returning online functionality to millions of users. Meanwhile, the console-maker's doing its best to apologize in a language we can all understand: free stuff. See what's up for grabs after the break.
Sony is still trying to figure out how to best to handle the recent attacks on its PlayStation Network that compromised credit card and other personal information for millions of user accounts. Unfortunately for Sony, sweeping the situation under the rug is no longer an option, not with the continued downtime and literally millions of eyes now on Sony. Company head Howard Stringer already offered up a $1 million apology in the form of an insurance policy, and now we hear Sony is considering a reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those responsible for causing this whole mess.