After the whole mess with PSN going down on April 20th, Sony confirmed that personal information was stolen, but was unsure about credit card information, saying no signs pointed to them being taken. While Sony is still uncertain if anything was taken, they do want to put to rest a pesky little rumor about supposed PSN credit card information on the market. According to PlayStation Blog, there seems to be “no truth” in that specific case of credit card sale. They also said they have not received any form of offer to repurchase the credit card information. That being said, just because this case was false doesn’t mean no card information was stolen. Sony still encourages PSN users to monitor their bank statements closely to look for any suspicious spending.
PlayStation Network is scheduled to go partly back up this week, although it won’t be until later this month that the PlayStation store will relaunch. Sony will be giving PSN users free software along with 30 free days of PSN+.
After what felt like forever on both our part and probably Sony’s part, PSN will be going back up. When exactly? Well… Sony doesn’t say. But at least it should be coming this week!
When PSN relaunches it will be 100% back, but many aspects will be back online. Online gameplay, PlayStation Home, friends lists, chat functionality, access to the account manager, access to Music Unlimited for existing subscribers and any unexpired movie rentals on PSN will be available when the service launches. PlayStation Store will remain offline until Sony can properly reinforce the service’s security. The only time-frame that was given was “later this month.”
For an apology for all the issues, Sony will be offering some complimentary goods. Each territory will be receiving access to free downloads of selected content. Every PSN user will also receive a full thirty days of PlayStation Network + and Music Unlimited (if available in your region).
PlayStation Network has been down since April 20th thanks to a security breach from hackers. Unfortunately, it seems like the hackers made off with personal information and possibly even credit card information. It is still unknown who is the culprit.
While Sony confirmed that personal information has been stolen, credit card information has been a big question mark. Now it seems that some card information may have been taken. Security firm Trend Micro‘s senior threat researcher says that he has seen some evidence of the hackers trying to sell information on 2.2 million PSN credit cards. While far from confirmed, he has also heard that the group tried to sell information back to Sony and that they chose not to respond to the sellers. When questioned, Sony’s senior director of corporate communications responded, ”To my knowledge there is no truth to the report that Sony was offered an opportunity to purchase the list.”
One aspect of that does make this sale sound unlikely is that they claim to have the CVV numbers for the cards, the three digits on the back of the card. At least according to their claims, Sony doesn’t store this information. Either way, I’d say play it safe. If you don’t cancel your card, at least keep an eye on your statements.
(via: New York Times)
Usually, I don’t bother covering when a console’s network goes down. Usually it’s for such a short period of time it’s not worth posting. When PSN originally went down, I felt the same way. It wasn’t until about three of four days later (shows how often I use my PS3) that my friend pointed out to me that PSN was indeed still down. I was still optimistic, but six days later it is still down and there are some unfortunate reports popping up on both the user and developer side.
PSN has been down, basically, due to hackers. One might be quick to point towards anonymous, who shook the stability of the service for a couple of days, but they claim not to have anything to do with the outage. It would make sense considering how unpopular their last attack was with consumers, who they wanted the support of. Unfortunately, it sounds like the hackers this time around did more than just attack the service. They stole personal information of PSN users.
As of right now Sony believes the following information were stolen from users; Name, Address, Country, E-mail Address, Birthday, and PSN username and password. Sony has yet to determine if credit card information was stolen. Although they said your security code on your card should still be safe.
PSN developers have taken a hit too. PixelJunk developer Q-Games confirmed that their finances have taken hit, but understand Sony is doing everything they can to get the service back up. Developers behind the PSN title Mad Blocker Alpha had their title scheduled to release, but was unable to thanks to the PSN outage. Sony is supporting the developed by giving them more promotion once the service goes live again.
Sony hasn’t announced when PSN will be back up. Hopefully soon as many developers rely on the service. We’ll let you know if any information about whether credit card information was stolen comes about.
(Stolen Info: PlayStation Blog)
(Pixel Junk Dev: Industry Gamer )
(Mad Blocker Alpha Dev: IGN)
If you were sitting and waiting for a the Virtual Console release of Chrono Trigger to fill your downloadable needs, you might want to look elsewhere. The ESRB rated Chrono Trigger for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable, so we can probably safely assume it will be getting a PSone Classic release on PSN.
The PSone release featured some animated videos, but had some lengthy loading times. I’m not too familiar with PSone classics, but I’d imagine the lack of the disc would improve loading times at least a little bit. But again I’m not positive if that is true for PSone Classics.
Either way, it’s probably coming. So if you don’t want to shell out the cash for a SNES release, play on a DS, or wait for a Virtual Console release, this may be a good option.
In the PSP version of Final Fantasy IV, not only are you getting Final Fantasy IV but Final Fantasy IV: After Years and a new chapter called the “Interlude.”
Interlude is set to cover a time peroid between Final Fantasy IV and Final Fantasy IV After Years. Previously, Square-Enix hadn’t been too specific on how big the chapter would be. And while it is far from a full forty hour RPG, the chapter still clocks in at a hefty fifteen hours. With Final Fantasy IV and After Years on the disc as well, the Complete Collection is going to keep you busy.
In Interlude you will start at level 30, rather than 1. And while the battle system of the After Years remains unchanged, Interlude keeps the classic battle system from the SNES release of Final Fantasy IV.
Right off the heels of the PSP-3000 price drop, Sony is dropping the price of the PSPGo. Those who fancy themselves digital content over physical media can pay an extra $20, or $149.99 total, to get the entirely digital download based PSPGo.
With the NGP on the way, the device can seem a little obsolete at this point. But it is a nice alternative to purchasing a PSP-3000, especially if you want to toss those UMDs out the window.
Looking forward to Square-Enix’s latest fighter featuring characters of the Final Fantasy series? Check out the title’s special Legacy Edition! The package is a bit light, but it definitely has some stuff worth looking at here.
First up, players get a special white case and artwork, that won’t be found with the standard edition version of the title, creating a fancy little collector’s package. Within the package you’ll find six lithogram art prints of Kain, Yuna, Vaan, and a few more characters. You’ll also find a voucher inside for downloadable costumes for Tifa and Squall along with another voucher for 50% off your purchase of Final Fantasy I and II off PSN.
Again, a bit of a light package, but the fancy art and cards look worth it. You can check out the bundle after the jump.
Duodecim Dissidia: Final Fantasy is set for March 25th in Europe. North Americans can grab the title three days earlier, on the 22nd. No legacy edition announced for North America yet.
Square-Enix of Europe released a new trailer today showing off a good five minutes of Final Fantasy: Dissidia Duodecim. You’ll find a nice mix of gameplay, cutscenes and CG bits. For the most part the trailer has pretty much all the officially announced characters, including Yuna. Oddly enough, Prishe was only shown in CG form in this one. Although she is a Final Fantasy XI character so I’m guessing many are able to do without. The end of the trailer also teases another character
The title is set for March in North America and Europe, so you’ll have it in your hands soon.
What? Jump Festa was awhile ago, you say? Yeah, but that still doesn’t mean we can’t post the five minute long trailer of Dissidia Duodecim from it! That’s one lengthy trailer, and you can watch it after the jump!
The most notable addition you will see in the trailer are the new characters added to the roster. Tifa, Vaan, Laguna, Kain, and Lightning are all joining the fray! Not so obvious is the trailer’s demonstration of the assist system. Essentially, players will be able to get partner characters to join them in battle. Like Capcom’s VS. Series, you can have them temporarily jump into combat.
The title is set for an early 2011 release in Japan, North America, and Europe. So PSP owners should keep an eye out for this title.