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    Default The Sony Network Hack

    SERVERS ARE UP





    This thread is meant to be a comprehensive guide to the situation that is ongoing. I will try to keep this thread updated, and to be a GO-TO place for updates on the situation, explanations, and knowledge base. This thread will be heavily moderated, so only post if you have some genuine information on the topic. There will be no trolling, and nothing off topic. This will be a living, growing document so feel free to contribute in a meaningful sense.

    Also, I'm giving my full consent for any and all admins to edit this original post to add information that I might have missed.

    What happened?
    The Playstation Network was compromised on April 18th 2011, and now SOE has taken down ALL of it's services, games, forums etc, in order to increase security measures and conduct a thorough investigation.

    Who was affected?
    All of us, but the European customers the most.
    Hackers had gained access to our personal information, including Name, Phone Numbers, Address, E-Mail, Usernames, and hashed passwords. A database containing information about European customers was also accesses, which contained credit card information from an old 2007 database.

    What is SOE going to do?
    As of now, SOE is giving players 30 days of free playtime, in addition to free playtime for every day that their services are down. On top of that, they are likely to give in game rewards to players, such as in the case of DCUO, they offered to give everyone a special appearance helmet. If you have a 12 months subscription, the extra time will get tacked on to the end of your current subscription.

    Is there an ETA?
    Servers are supposed to be coming back up soon. The May 14th Announcement implies they are bringing the games back up strating today, but nothing is concrete. The PSN is scheduled to be up by May 31st, but there is no certainty as to the rest of SOE's games will be up by any particular date.

    Billing:
    OMG SOE Still billed me! Yes, they still billed you. The billing went in automatically and was most likely reserved on your credit card before this shutdown even occurred, and you are just now seeing the charges. Either way, you are not alone, many people have been billed during this downtime.

    Links:

    Restoration Announcement
    Welcome Back Details

    SOE Facebook
    Stringer under fire after second security breach at Sony
    Sony responds to Congress with open letter, suggests 'Anonymous' was responsible
    SOE Update May 4th
    Security Expert: Sony Knew Its Software Was Obsolete Months Before PSN Breach - The Consumerist
    Sony's Internet information management described as 'amateurish' - English
    Sony gamers may face ID-theft risk for years

    New links with May 31st ETA:
    Sony Aiming for May 31st
    More testing needed

    PSN Apache was up to date all along?

    May 10th update





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    Default Re: The Sony Network Hack

    Under the what happened header: SOE was hacked on April the 18th, but the intrusion was not discovered until the early hours of last monday, when the decision was made to take everything offline.

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    Default Re: The Sony Network Hack

    I just wanted to clear up a rumor based on a false article people have been posting and talking alot about.

    It concerns the story of the young lady suing SOE for 1 billion on behalf of all gamers, lawsuits don't work that way up here in Canada land, or for that amount. And our government is not involved yet, or have they been because for the past month and a half we haven't had one due to a federal election. Government still needs to be formed and was given the ok today by our Governer General.
    (Election day was Man 2nd)

    So you can't believe everything you read, check your sources first, there is going to be alot of rumor, hearsay, and scams over this one, be careful everyone.

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    Default Re: The Sony Network Hack

    These are pulled directly from everquest2.com website. It seems they are keeping this site up to date with information. Hopefully EQ2 falls under the "some games will be up soon" sentence.

    Hope this info helps.



    SOE - Service Under Maintenance
    SOE - Customer Service Notification






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    Default Re: The Sony Network Hack

    Sony’s Response to the U.S. House of Representatives – PlayStation Blog

    We discovered that the intruders had planted a file on one of our Sony Online Entertainment servers named “Anonymous” with the words “We are Legion.”
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    Default Re: The Sony Network Hack

    Quote Originally Posted by Solistcey View Post
    I just wanted to clear up a rumor based on a false article people have been posting and talking alot about.

    It concerns the story of the young lady suing SOE for 1 billion on behalf of all gamers, lawsuits don't work that way up here in Canada land, or for that amount. And our government is not involved yet, or have they been because for the past month and a half we haven't had one due to a federal election. Government still needs to be formed and was given the ok today by our Governer General.
    (Election day was Man 2nd)

    So you can't believe everything you read, check your sources first, there is going to be alot of rumor, hearsay, and scams over this one, be careful everyone.
    is there anyway i can keep up to date with that lawsuit?? to me thats kinda outlandish, but still interesting

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    Edit: LOL, NM.. Topan beat me to it.

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    Just saw this link on the EQ2 FB page. Very interesting read.

    Kazuo Hirai's Letter to the U.S. House of Representatives

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    Default Re: The Sony Network Hack

    People keep saying I got charged while the servers are down. You clearly don't watch your cards, because Sony (as well as lots of other companies with monthly subscription payments) puts a hold on that payment about a week prior to actually taking the money. In essence they tell your bank hey this person is going to us this money on this date, and the bank sets it aside.

    It isn't a new charge since the servers have been down, it is one that was already scheduled prior.

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    Default Re: The Sony Network Hack

    You said they do not have an ETA yet, but it won't be before Friday May 6th. I looked through those links you posted, and other places but I couldn't find anywhere saying that they would not have anything up by Friday. The only thing relating to an ETA was that they will have some services up "soon."

    Do you possibly have a link that gives the information you provided? Or was it just a guess?

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