After two years, Canadian PSN users affected by the Grand PSN Outage of 2011 can now receive compensation, provided they file a claim (and the case gets the Ontario court's final approval). Depending on account status, this compensation ranges from discounts to Station Cash and free games. [Thanks, tipster StrayCat.] » 4/19/13 5:20am 4/19/13 5:20am

Lawsuit Says Sony Laid Off Security Workers Before PSN Cyberattack

A new lawsuit alleges that Sony fired workers in its network security operations two weeks before a cyberattack brought down the PlayStation Network. » 6/23/11 10:00pm 6/23/11 10:00pm

Xbox Live Chief: "We Don't Want to Appear to Even be Looking to be…

In the throes of the 23-day PlayStation Network Outage, when people were vowing they'd sell their PS3s and go join Xbox Live, Microsoft's most provocative comment was a low-key prediction that it would see more traffic on its service. Yesterday, though, Xbox's senior executive finally said what's bad for the goose is… » 6/23/11 7:30pm 6/23/11 7:30pm

No Harm, No Foul in PSN Outage, Says EA Sports

EA Sports president Peter Moore brushed off the suggestion that the PlayStation Network outage did particular damage to his label, which has in the past two years seen significant revenue growth through its downloadable content, especially in its popular Ultimate Team offerings. » 6/15/11 7:30pm 6/15/11 7:30pm

Sony Exec to Testify Before Congress on PlayStation Breach

During the PlayStation Network outage, Sony was asked to appear before a U.S. House of Representatives committee to explain the situation. The company declined, sending an eight-page letter instead. Now it will go before Congress, when the president of Sony Network Entertainment visits a Tuesday hearing to answer… » 5/29/11 2:00pm 5/29/11 2:00pm

Oh Yeah ... PlayStation Network is Back Online in Japan

If you're on the PlayStation Network in Japan, chances are you already know this. Chances are you are also asleep as it's past 3 a.m. now. But just to make a record of it, PlayStation Network service was restored to Japan, as promised. Here's Sony Computer Entertainment boss Kazuo Hirai welcoming everyone back. » 5/28/11 1:57pm 5/28/11 1:57pm

Maker of PSN Game Being Offered for Free Worries About PlayStation…

When PlayStation Store returns (reports suggest that will be May 24), PS3 account holders may choose two free games from a list being offered by Sony. One of those is Dead Nation (pictured), and the studio behind it told Edge magazine it's worried what the glut of free games might do to efforts to sell its latest… » 5/20/11 9:30pm 5/20/11 9:30pm

Sony Online Entertainment Fully Online; Account Holders May Claim 45…

Sony Online Entertainment this afternoon sent password reset emails to its account holders, notifying them that all SOE services are back online and that they may claim 45 days of free playing time for any game they had activated on their Station Account before the massive cyber attack of late April took SOE's servers… » 5/20/11 8:13pm 5/20/11 8:13pm

The PlayStation Network Returns; Normalcy Won't

Across North America yesterday evening, PlayStation Network returned after a 23-day total blackout. In a process spanning about seven hours, the PlayStation 3's online capabilities gradually reactivated state-by-state, beginning in New York and ending in Texas. As gamers rushed to message boards to verify the news in… » 5/15/11 1:00pm 5/15/11 1:00pm

PlayStation Network Back Online in North America

Shortly past midnight, U.S. Pacific Time, Sony announced that PlayStation Network service had been restored in Canada, all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. PSN, down for 22 days following a massive cyberattack on April 19, continues to be restored in stages in Europe and in other regions. » 5/15/11 3:29am 5/15/11 3:29am

Sony Online Entertainment Also Begins Restoration of Services

Sony Online Entertainment, the publisher of PC MMO titles also shut down by April's massive cyberattack on the PlayStation Network, has also begun the reactivation of its network services, according to a statement by SOE. » 5/14/11 9:07pm 5/14/11 9:07pm

Report: Rented Amazon Server Used to Launch PSN Attack

Bloomberg news reports that the hackers who carried out the attack on PlayStation Network rented a server from Amazon.com to do so, signing up for the service using fake information. » 5/14/11 2:00pm 5/14/11 2:00pm

Sony Ponders Reward Offer as It Insists PSN's Security was Up-to-Date

Sony is weighing whether to offer a reward for information on the hackers behind the massive PlayStation Network outage, now in its 18th day, CNET reports. Its potential amount was not mentioned. » 5/08/11 1:00pm 5/08/11 1:00pm

Which One Is Worse?

At this point, after 17 days with no end in sight, it's fair to ask the question. the PlayStation Network Outage, or the Xbox 360's Red Ring of Death: Which is worse? » 5/07/11 3:00pm 5/07/11 3:00pm

Sony Scrubs Personal Data Published by Hackers

Reuters' Japan bureau reports that hackers uploaded data they'd stolen from Sony servers during the PlayStation breach, but that Sony quickly had the unnamed website removed. The information concerned some 2,500 users and was at least 10 years old. » 5/07/11 11:00am 5/07/11 11:00am

Sony Considers Reimbursing Credit Card Replacement Costs in Light of…

In this morning's news conference, Sony Computer Entertainment head Kazuo Hirai said the company would consider covering costs associated with reissuing credit cards to PlayStation Network subscribers who feel their accounts have been compromised by the massive data breach of April 20. » 5/01/11 1:00pm 5/01/11 1:00pm

PSN Outage Leaves One in Five PS3 Customers Considering Xbox Live

Lots of people vow all kinds of extreme things when they're pissed off, especially at giant corporations. Many come back for reasons of convenience or simply calming down. But a survey taken this week, reacting to the PlayStation Network outage, suggests that 21 percent of PS3 owners are considering selling their… » 4/30/11 3:00pm 4/30/11 3:00pm

Kaz Hirai to Address PSN Breach in News Conference Tomorrow

Kazuo Hirai, Sony Corp.'s second-in-command, in line to become its CEO, will brief the media on the catastrophic security breach in the PlayStation Network. The news conference will be held at 1 a.m. EDT (2 p.m. in Japan). Hirai will discuss Sony's investigation of the breach, its information management system, and… » 4/30/11 12:15pm 4/30/11 12:15pm

Sony Considering Make-Good for PSN Subscribers, Too

Sony Online Entertainment has already said it plans a "make-good" for D.C. Universe Online and Free Realms subscribers on the PS3. What about the rest of the 77 million PSN account holders? » 4/28/11 11:30pm 4/28/11 11:30pm