Latest PlayStation Network Stories

2011-05-04 12:45:00

Sony Corp. is now blaming the Internet vigilante group Anonymous for hacking into its PlayStation Network. "Sony now faces a large-scale cyber-attack involving the theft of personal information," Kazuo Hirai, chairman of the board of directors of Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC, said in a letter to members of Congress. "What is becoming more and more evident is that Sony has been the victim of a very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack...

2011-05-02 05:35:00

Sony executives apologized for a massive data breach at a news conference in Tokyo Sunday, Reuters reports. This was the first public comment from senior management on the data intrusion of several million PlayStation Network accounts. As a precaution after the security break-in was revealed, all PlayStation Network accounts were suspended for several days while the extent of the damage was assessed. Sony said it would resume some services this week and offer incentives to customers in...

2011-05-01 00:30:00

TOKYO, May 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) and Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI, the company) announced they will shortly begin a phased restoration by region of PlayStation®Network and Qriocity((TM)) services, beginning with gaming, music and video services to be turned on. The company also announced both a series of immediate steps to enhance security across the network and a new customer appreciation program to thank its...

2011-04-29 05:40:00

Sony Corp. said on Thursday that it was working with police investigators in the wake of an "external intrusion" that resulted in the theft of personal data, including credit card numbers, of PlayStation users worldwide. The PlayStation Network and Qriocity streaming music service were shut down on April 19, and will be restored only after the company is confident its network is secure, said Sony spokesman Patrick Seybold. Sony's PlayStation Network allows users to play games online,...

2011-04-27 10:05:14

Sony Corp. said on Tuesday that the personal data of PlayStation users worldwide has been stolen in a hack that forced its network offline for the past week. In a message posted on its U.S. PlayStation blog, Sony said an "illegal and unauthorized person" obtained names, addresses, email addresses, birth dates, user names, passwords, logins, security questions and more. The company said some services would be restored in a week, but industry experts said the scale of the breach could cost the...

2011-04-25 11:15:00

Sony confirmed on Monday that a hacking attack was the cause of its PlayStation Network being taken offline. Sony said it took down the network voluntarily while it investigated an "external intrusion." The system has been unavailable for the past five days. Users who have tried connecting to the network are met with an error messaging that says the network is "undergoing maintenance" or is "suspended." According to Sony, over 70 million accounts are registered with its network worldwide....

2011-04-22 13:16:38

The Playstation Network remained unavailable on Friday as millions of users were still unable to connect online for worldwide gameplay. Users are seeing error messages stating this network is "undergoing maintenance" or is "suspended." Sony said in a blog post that it wanted to thank users for their patience but warned the downtime could continue for "a day or two." The Japanese company confirmed the outage on Wednesday night when Patrick Seybold, the senior director of corporate...

2011-04-05 01:00:00

TOKYO, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today updated the status of the Great East Japan Earthquake relief effort through PlayStation®Network which started in North America and Europe on March 19, 2011(*1) and in Japan and Asia on March 24, 2011. PlayStation®Store has offered special custom themes for the PlayStation®3 system(*2) to those who donated money through the PlayStation Network to support...

2011-01-27 01:30:00

TOKYO, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today unveiled "PlayStation®Suite" (PS Suite), delivering the PlayStation® experience to Android(TM) based portable devices*(1). Through this entirely new initiative, users will be able to enjoy PlayStation content on an open operating system for the first time in PlayStation history. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20020701/SFM066LOGO) In the dramatically evolving...

2011-01-19 18:04:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC. (SCEA) hosted a three day celebration in an effort to set five Guinness World Records® attributed to LittleBigPlanet(TM) 2, the latest PlayStation®3 (PS3(TM)) PLAY, CREATE, SHARE experience and sequel to the award-winning, multi-million unit selling hit LittleBigPlanet(TM). Beginning Monday, January 17 and concluding at 6:00pm EST tonight, dedicated LittleBigPlanet fans...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'