Report: Playstation Store scheduled to come back online May 24

While a number of features on Sony's online Playstation Network have been restored since the online service first started coming back online last Saturday night, one big feature that hasn't been brought back is  the Playstation Store. Today Gamaustra reported that it had received an memo that Sony sent out to its development partners announcing that, at this moment, the Playstation Store will be back online on Tuesday May 24. The note came from PSN content manager Jack Osorno who said, "We thank you for your patience as we work to resume service of the PlayStation Store".

If it does come back online on May 24, it will be nearly four weeks since its been operational. The entire Playstation Network was shut down by Sony on April 20 due to a cyber attack on the network's servers. On May 24, the Playstation Store will also contain a content update of games, demos and other material that was scheduled to be released on April 26. May 27 will see another batch of new content for the story that was originally scheduled for release on May 3, according to the story. Additional content additions will be added on May 31 and June 3 which should return the Playstation Store back to its originally planned schedule. Some games and content might have their releases changed with Osorno saying. "Adjustments will be made on a case by case basis."

As we have previously reported, Playstation Network users will be able to get free content from the Playstation Store once it comes back online as compensation for the downtime. That will include being able to download two PlayStation 3 games for free along with two free PSP games, 30 days of free access to the Playstation Plus premium service and more.

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Espada1469 said,
Hey they finally gave a definitive date for something lawlz

Evidently, Gamecenter is saying on their facebook page that Sony's not confirming, but there's rumor in the wind that PSN could be back up as soon as Tuesday the 24th.

It happened to Sony because long before the attacks, there was documented proof of how they stored user's information on their servers.

Basically they were using the SSL connection between the specific console/server to transport the information. The actual personal information, as i read before these attacks happened, were stored in a plain text file, not an encrypted file.

I play the 360, and i'm not trying to start a war or something like that, but i always live by the creed "You pay for what you get". All i hope is that, after all this has gone down, is that Sony builds some lessons learned from these events, in order to protect the consumers who utilize their products.

As far as the info i posted above, i'll try to find the link, and post it in another comment.

Un4given said,
It happened to Sony because long before the attacks, there was documented proof of how they stored user's information on their servers.

Basically they were using the SSL connection between the specific console/server to transport the information. The actual personal information, as i read before these attacks happened, were stored in a plain text file, not an encrypted file.

I play the 360, and i'm not trying to start a war or something like that, but i always live by the creed "You pay for what you get". All i hope is that, after all this has gone down, is that Sony builds some lessons learned from these events, in order to protect the consumers who utilize their products.

As far as the info i posted above, i'll try to find the link, and post it in another comment.

what you posted was all fud. please stop spreading it around. people will get the wrong impressions....

shakey said,

what you posted was all fud. please stop spreading it around. people will get the wrong impressions....

oh how so? I'm not entitled to my own opinion? not going to say my choice words, other than i am just as much allowed to post here, and on any other topic as you are.

And with that being said, look at the bottom line of my post.

It says, and i quote : "As far as the info i posted above, i'll try to find the link, and post it in another comment."

So, there ya go.

Un4given said,

oh how so? I'm not entitled to my own opinion? not going to say my choice words, other than i am just as much allowed to post here, and on any other topic as you are.

And with that being said, look at the bottom line of my post.

It says, and i quote : "As far as the info i posted above, i'll try to find the link, and post it in another comment."

So, there ya go.

Your "opinion" that you are spreading is wrong. Research what you seem to have "opinions" about. It will help your "opinion" be correct. Until then, normally good to keep uneducated opinions to yourself.

shakey said,

Your "opinion" that you are spreading is wrong. Research what you seem to have "opinions" about. It will help your "opinion" be correct. Until then, normally good to keep uneducated opinions to yourself.

Misread it. Simple mistake.

Credit card information (CC Number, Exp Date, Sec Code) were using encrypted tables.

Your personal information was not. They still should be encrypting any and all information regarding a consumer.

http://blogs.wsj.com/tech-euro...-information-was-encrypted/

"The entire credit card table was encrypted and we have no evidence that credit card data was taken. The personal data table, which is a separate data set, was not encrypted, but was, of course, behind a very sophisticated security system that was breached in a malicious attack."

Hopefully Sony will remedy this when they bring PSN back online. If i was a PSN consumer, i'd expect all my information to be protected by encryption.

And another thing to note, which i think is completely ridiculous, is that while your CC info is encrypted on their system, when they transmit it, instead of utilizing encryption for their transmissions, they transmit your CC information in plain text.

shakey said,

Your "opinion" that you are spreading is wrong. Research what you seem to have "opinions" about. It will help your "opinion" be correct. Until then, normally good to keep uneducated opinions to yourself.

Also:

That's not all: your credit card information is apparently being sent as an unencrypted text file. This is how the code is being sent to Sony:

creditCard.paymentMethodId=VISA&creditCard.holderName=Max&creditCard.cardNumber=45581234567812345678&creditCard.expireYear=2012&creditCard.expireMonth=2&creditCard.securityCode=214&creditCard.address.address1=example street%2024%20&creditCard.address.city=city1%20&creditCard.address.province=abc%20&creditCard.address.postalCode=12345%20

This information is allegedly being stored online and is updated every time you turn on your system. We've been receiving reports from various sources that e-mails are being sent to those with hacked firmware even before they log back into the PlayStation Network, which is even more evidence that Sony is grabbing information from your system just from being connected to your wireless network.

Source: http://arstechnica.com/gaming/...of-credit-card-security.ars

That sounds great for PS users, but I do really have a question of something Sony said before. If this happens to a bunch of companies often, why hasn't something similar happened to places like Xbox 360, Wii system or other similar online gaming systems like Steam, etc.?

Lucas said,
That sounds great for PS users, but I do really have a question of something Sony said before. If this happens to a bunch of companies often, why hasn't something similar happened to places like Xbox 360, Wii system or other similar online gaming systems like Steam, etc.?

If it happened to XBox 360 or Wii you'd ask the same question to them. It happened to Sony first, that doesn't mean the others are immune to it.

Lucas said,
That sounds great for PS users, but I do really have a question of something Sony said before. If this happens to a bunch of companies often, why hasn't something similar happened to places like Xbox 360, Wii system or other similar online gaming systems like Steam, etc.?
Because Sony's security was inexistent.

Lucas said,
That sounds great for PS users, but I do really have a question of something Sony said before. If this happens to a bunch of companies often, why hasn't something similar happened to places like Xbox 360, Wii system or other similar online gaming systems like Steam, etc.?

Because Sony put a big target on their back by actually pursuing legal action against somebody, whereas Microsoft bans consoles and gamertags, but they really don't do much beyond that to thwart game piracy. Because Sony actually took the time to sue Geohot, an attack like this was inevitable. Besides, how many people actually "use" the online play on the Wii?

CoMMo said,

Because Sony put a big target on their back by actually pursuing legal action against somebody, whereas Microsoft bans consoles and gamertags, but they really don't do much beyond that to thwart game piracy. Because Sony actually took the time to sue Geohot, an attack like this was inevitable. Besides, how many people actually "use" the online play on the Wii?


I heard about this as well, they took the time to sue some kid AFTER being warned by a collective group of hackers known as ANON that should they pursue the case they'll crash the system, more recently theirs been reports that ANON are threatening to crash sonys servers again, though for what reason this time i have no idea but i'll keep my ears and eyes open, @Un4given microsofts servers are far from infallibile as pointed out microsoft simply kills the gamertag and console so no-one really pays them any attention, not only that im not paying for gold membership nothing ive seen on the xbox worth playing online that i cant use the PC for... which oddly out powers the xbox360 anyway

Edited by DCull, May 19 2011, 10:48pm : didnt add anything

Are the free games we are supposed to get on Disc, or downloads from the store when it comes back up? As much as I'd love two free games, I don't know if I wanting them taking up 40 Gigs of space or whatever.

Xenomorph said,
Are the free games we are supposed to get on Disc, or downloads from the store when it comes back up? As much as I'd love two free games, I don't know if I wanting them taking up 40 Gigs of space or whatever.

you have to download them from the store.

Xenomorph said,
Are the free games we are supposed to get on Disc, or downloads from the store when it comes back up? As much as I'd love two free games, I don't know if I wanting them taking up 40 Gigs of space or whatever.

40gigs really? my PS3 is only 80gigs

Xenomorph said,
Are the free games we are supposed to get on Disc, or downloads from the store when it comes back up? As much as I'd love two free games, I don't know if I wanting them taking up 40 Gigs of space or whatever.

They will be download titles, the titles on offer won't take up 40gb, I'm pretty sure they are all under 8gb in size each.

And while we don't know how it will work currently, whatever games you choose should stay on your store list, so you don't have to download them right away and can just download them at a later date when you want to play them.

Corris said,

They will be download titles, the titles on offer won't take up 40gb, I'm pretty sure they are all under 8gb in size each.

And while we don't know how it will work currently, whatever games you choose should stay on your store list, so you don't have to download them right away and can just download them at a later date when you want to play them.

Looking forward to downloading gigabytes on my broadband connection My 4mb line will take sometime to download the games. I can stream 360 Live movies, but downloading a 40MB update takes an eternity on PS3.