Well those gamers among you will already be aware that the Sony Network is still not back in operation. Patrick Seybold issued a post on their blog just before the weekend saying that they are trying to ensure that everything is in perfect order before reopening.
In a blog just before the weekend started he said “When we held the press conference in Japan last week, based on what we knew, we expected to have the services online within a week. We were unaware of the extent of the attack on Sony Online Entertainment servers, and we are taking this opportunity to conduct further testing of the incredibly complex system. We know many of you are wanting to play games online, chat with your friends and enjoy all of the services PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have to offer, and trust me when I say we’re doing everything we can to make it happen. We will update you with more information as soon as we have it. We apologize for the delay and inconvenience of this network outage.”
It has been impossible to miss this security disaster in the news in recent weeks, and Sony have paid the penalty for their actions in pursuing George Hotz for his posting of the Playstation 3 root key. They incurred the wrath of the online hacking community who felt their approach and stance was both aggressive and unnecessary. If you want to follow this story from the very start, then use this search engine term on Kitguru.
Playstation Chief Kaz Hirai said last Saturday that many services of the PlayStation Network would be restored within the week, but sadly this time frame has now elapsed and Sony appear to be having second thoughts about the security of their network, wanting to run more internal tests before going live. It wouldn't be ideal for them to go live and to experience further problems from other hackers keen to prove a point.
Kaz Hirai has said that they plan to restore the entire network, including the PlayStation Store and purchasing features within the month, although with the current delays it appears that this might take a little longer than initially anticipated. Whatever way you look at it, this has been one of the most damaging hacks in the history of technology and Sony will be weighing the costs, both financially due to downtime, and on a PR level with their customer base.
KitGuru says: The hacking community have been out to get Sony for the companies apparent arrogance. Is this the end of their misery however?