This just keeps getting uglier. In a letter to Congress, Sony blamed the notorious vigilante group Anonymous for recent cyberattacks on Sony's network, exposing personal data of more than 100 million gamers. Anonymous was quick to deny involvement, simply stating, "Let's be clear, we are legion, but it wasn't us. You are incompetent Sony." Whether or not that's true, Sony hopes to find out in an ongoing investigation, but in the meantime, at least one more attack appears imminent.
Amidst the fallout from the PlayStation Network hack, Sony claimed yesterday that the Internet vigilante group Anonymous was responsible for the attack. But today the well-known hacktivist group denied any involvement with the theft of credit card numbers. The statement is carefully worded, though. Could there be more to this?
Sony held a press conference in Tokyo this morning to discuss the future of its Playstation Network, and amazingly it could be another 4 weeks until everything is back to normal. Company officials described the restoration process as a “rolling” effort, with some services coming back online this week, but others such as the Playstation Store being pushed towards the end of the month. The company wasn’t specific as to which services are being assigned top priority, however, I’m sure most users are pleased to see Sony giving the free aspects of the service preferential treatment over clear money makers such as the store.
They say things have to get worse before they can get better. For Sony, that's apparently a threat – not a promise. First PSN went poof, then Sony announced that some hacker got their keyboard-calloused mitts on everyone's personal info, and now, well, you can probably see where this is headed. Yep: straight to court.
Sony has simply blamed the ongoing PSN outage on an “external intrusion” without going into the exact cause and nature of this unrelenting crisis - equal parts technical disaster and public relations fiasco. According to a Redditor named chesh420, who only identified himself as a PSX-Scene.com moderator, the current PSN outage could be the result of a new custom firmware (CFW) named Rebug that “essentially turns a retail console into a dev console (not fully, but gives you a lot of the same options that usually dev's only have access to).”
Connected TVs made up 20 percent of all television shipments in 2010, according to market research firm DisplaySearch. But the best is yet to come as it expects their shipments to grow at a 30 percent compound annual rate through 2014 to reach 123 million units.
Norio Ohga, the former president and chairman of Sony Corporation who spearheaded development of the compact disc, died on Saturday in Tokyo at the age of 81. The cause of death was multiple organ failure, Sony said in a statement. Up until his death, Ohga remained tied to Sony, serving as a Senior Advisor and continuing to add to his legacy that spans over 50 years with the company.
It’s been a relatively busy week in terms of service disruptions with Amazon’s elastic cloud malfunction taking down dozens of the web’s most popular websites, and now an ongoing Playstation Network outage is stretching into its fourth day, with no end in sight. According to a blog post by Patrick Seybold, Sr Director of Corporate Communications, Sony will continue to work on resolving the issue around the clock, but couldn’t commit to an exact time when service would be restored.
Sony's PlayStation Network (PSN) went down early Thursday morning. Usually, when a large scale service like this goes dark, it's quickly restored. This time, we're coming up on two days of outage without a resolution in sight. Perhaps more concerning, Sony has been silent on the issue since midday yesterday.
The PSPgo entered the world as an ugly duckling. It simply didn't fit in, representing an awkward transition period between physical media and all-digital formats. Also, the whole “stupidly expensive” part probably didn't help. And so we stand before you today bearing somber news that the little-device-that-couldn't wasn't able to find a happy ending. World's three entire PSPgo owners, we're so sorry for your loss.