Wednesday, May 11, 2011

PSN, where have you gone?

So, if you haven't heard, the PlayStation Network is STILL DOWN!
They're network went down on April 20. Accounts were hacked and information was acquired. I won't pretend that I know what a lot of the technical verbiage means. However, what I do know, is that this is affecting my Netflix watching. So, cut it out!
The next Call of Duty game is supposed to be released at the end of this month. (The same day as the season 3 of True Blood!)

This article by, Mark Hachman over at PC is a pretty good little q&a about what is going on.,2817,2384331,00.asp

When asked how soon we can expect the PSN to be out, he responds,

"Honestly, we're not optimistic. Sony addressed the issue in its latest blog update. "We have a clear path to have PlayStation Network and Qriocity systems back online, and expect to restore some services within a week." What services are these? Quirocity? The PSN? We think Sony intends to bring back the PSN within a week, but we can't be sure.

If Sony is truly "rebuilding its system," that means new code is being written and tested. What we don't know is the extent of the rebuilding. Does Sony feel that its back-end database servers are vulnerable or were attacked? What about its network infrastructure? Was there a man-in-the-middle attack that stole network passwords? Some have speculated that custom firmware somehow contributed to taking down the system.

Sony issued its rebuilding statement on April 23. Again, it's impossible to say with certainty how long the PSN could be out. At a guess, however, we would say that Sony's PSN should be down about five to eight days after its statement, or anywhere from April 28 until May 1 or 2. We'd say that Sony is shooting for the PSN to be out less than a week, but is leaving itself some wiggle room."

So, not fun. I just hope the weather here will improve so we can go out to the parks.

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