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Sony Issues FAQ Regarding PlayStation Network Outage -- Expects PSN Services To Be Up Within A Week

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Posted April 27, 2011 - By Leah Jackson

PSN Accounts Hacked: How to Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

Sony has issued a lengthy list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) surrounding the unfortunate PlayStation Network issues they've been dealing with for the past week. While several of the answers are "no comment", they do let users in on why it's taking so long to fix the issues and hint at a reimbursement for the trouble this has caused their customers. We've also created our own FAQ regarding what we know about the PSN outage to answer questions like when the service went down and what you should do next to protect your credit information. After the break you'll find the answers we haven't already outlined for you, but to see the full FAQ you can head over to Sony's website.

Why was Sony not prepared for a compromise of its network?

We are currently conducting a thorough investigation of the situation. Since this is an overall security related issue, we cannot comment further at this time.

Is the attack by “Anonymous” or another party?


We are currently conducting a thorough investigation of the situation. Since this is an overall security related issue, we cannot comment further at this time.

Why is it taking so long to restore network services?

As soon as we learned of this issue, we temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services in order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services. Our efforts to resolve this matter involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure. Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security.

How serious is this compromise? How will Sony prevent this from happening again?

Because there is an on-going investigation we cannot comment further at this time, but we are working to restore and maintain and strengthen the services, including incorporating additional countermeasures to ward against future intrusions.

When will service be restored?

We have a clear path to have PlayStation Network and Qriocity systems back online, and expect to restore some services within a week.

 We will keep the service down to allow us to conduct a thorough investigation to ensure smooth operation of our network services when they return; we are working hard to resume the services as soon as we can be reasonably assured our security concerns have been addressed.
 
Have you had such a long PSN/Qriocity service termination like this one in the past?

No.

Does PSN/Qriocity get attacked very often?

We cannot make any comments regarding this matter at this time.

I want my money back (subscription fee, content) since the PSN/Qriocity was not available.

While we are still assessing the impact of this incident, we recognize that this may have had financial impact on our loyal customers. We are currently reviewing options and will update you when the service is restored.

There seems to be some games that cannot be played even offline?

Some games may require access to PSN for trophy sync, security checks or other network functionality and therefore cannot be played offline.

Why are Sony Online Entertainment services available while PSN and Qriocity are still down and you (SCE/Sony) are not able to even tell us when it will come back again?

As our investigation in this matter is ongoing, we cannot comment further on this matter.

What personally identifying information do you suspect has been compromised?

Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information provided by PlayStation Network/Qriocity account holders: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birth date, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password, login, and handle/PSN online ID. Other profile data may also have been obtained, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip). If an account holder has authorized a sub-account for a dependent, the same data with respect to that dependent may have been obtained. If an account holder provided credit card data through PlayStation Network or Qriocity, it is possible that the credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may also have been obtained.

How will I know if my personal information has been compromised?

We have provided notices to consumers at the email addresses associated with their PlayStation Network/Qriocity accounts. You may also visit www.us.playstation.com/support and www.qriocity.com for notices regarding this issue. In addition, we have taken steps to disseminate information regarding this issue to media outlets so that consumers are informed. To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we encourage you to remain vigilant to review your credit card account statements and to monitor your credit reports.

What steps have you taken to investigate this compromise?

We have engaged an outside, recognized security firm to investigate this incident and to assist us in our ongoing efforts to protect your personally identifiable information.

I got an email from you asking for my PSN/Qriocity sign-in ID and password. Is it really you asking for this information?

Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking.

What should I do to avoid having my personal information compromised?


For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, postal mail or other scams that ask for personal or sensitive information. Sony will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, social security number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony is not the entity asking. Additionally, if you use the same user name or password for your PlayStation Network or Qriocity service account for other
 
Why did Sony wait until now to tell PSN users that their personal information may have been compromised?

The nature of the intrusion required that we undertake an extensive and thorough investigation of the matter, which took considerable effort and time. We needed to make sure that we knew and understood the facts before providing the appropriate notice to PlayStation Network users.

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