Full PSN Service To Be Back “Within This Month”
The official Sony press release has been posted, saying that services like gaming, music, and video will all return this week. It makes reference to a “phased restoration” of services that will occur region by region, concluding with full service within the month. The initial phase of restorations will include the following:
* Restoration of Online game-play across the PlayStation®3 (PS3) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems
-This includes titles requiring online verification and downloaded games
* Access to Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity for PS3/PSP for existing subscribers
* Access to account management and password reset
* Access to download un-expired Movie Rentals on PS3, PSP and MediaGo
* Friends List
* Chat Functionality
In addition, the following new security measures will be introduced to PSN:
* Added automated software monitoring and configuration management to help defend against new attacks
* Enhanced levels of data protection and encryption
* Enhanced ability to detect software intrusions within the network, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns
* Implementation of additional firewalls
Addressing the attack, Kaz Hirai said “This criminal act against our network had a significant impact not only on our consumers, but our entire industry. These illegal attacks obviously highlight the widespread problem with cyber-security. We take the security of our consumers’ information very seriously and are committed to helping our consumers protect their personal data. In addition, the organization has worked around the clock to bring these services back online, and are doing so only after we had verified increased levels of security across our networks.”
A “Welcome Back” appreciation program will be implemented upon PSN’s restoration, detailed below:
* Each territory will be offering selected PlayStation entertainment content for free download. Specific details of this content will be announced in each region soon.
* All existing PlayStation Network customers will be provided with 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service. Current members of PlayStation Plus will receive 30 days free service.
* Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity subscribers (in countries where the service is available) will receive 30 days free service.
The free content is yet to be revealed, but will likely include PSone classics or PSN titles.
SETI’s broke, guys: The search for extra-terrestrial intelligence will take a breather for a little while. The SETI Institute, which owns these sweet-looking satellites, ran out of money for its Allen Telescope Array, and the program will take a breather. Paul Allen (who recently became a patent troll) provided a big chunk of the original funding, and the State of California and the National Science Foundation provided the rest. The government sources, however, had to cut their funding recently. There is good news, however: Apparently the Air Force may want to use the technology to study space debris. So they could be functioning again soon. source
- GLaDOS: I've been conducting research on sharks lately. Do know what kills people trying to help them?
- Me (Being a Loser Talking to a Game): Sharks B*tch
- GLaDOS: If you guessed sharks you're wrong. Nobody does that, only you.