Continuing the news of the PSN fiasco, Sony announced earlier this week some services of PSN would come back within the week.
Sony recently confirmed that within a week that online gameplay for the PlayStation 3 and PSP, as well as PlayStation Home, friends lists and chat functionality will be back.
Account management will be back but all users of PS3 can expect a mandatory system update that will require PSN password changes.
“The update will also require that players either change the password on the PS3 on which their account was activated or change it through a validated e-mail confirmation.”
PlayStation Store will not be back next week, and will is scheduled to come back later this month.
The company will present a special “welcome back” initiative for users.
“As a make-good to the now-78 million PSN users across the globe, Sony will be initiating a “welcome back” program as a token of appreciation for its customers’ patience. This program will offer every PSN user a free month of PlayStation Plus, with current PlayStation Plus members getting a complementary month of the service. Each territory will also be getting free “entertainment content” downloads as part of the program, although details on exactly what the content will be is currently not available.”
During a special press conference in Tokyo, apologies were of course offered by Sony Corporation Executive Deputy President Kaz Hirai as well as details on the attacks, and the revelation that user credit card numbers may have been exposed.
“Sony also laid out the specifics of the attack and what it is doing to prevent further such intrusions. The company said the attack happened at the company’s data-center located in San Diego, California, where Sony reportedly enlisted the local branch of the FBI’s cybercrimes division. Today, Hirai confirmed the FBI was on the case.
Hirai said that some 10 million credit card numbers may have been exposed as a result of the breach. He told a reporter that it was unclear what the motive behind the attack was.”
Still the company has said it’s taken measures to beef up the security.
”Sony reps said that in response to the breach, the company has implemented additional firewalls, added “enhanced levels of data protection and encryption,” and implemented extra measures to detect software attacks on the network. Sony is also creating an all-new position of chief information security officer, directly reporting to Sony Corp. chief information officer Shinji Hasejima.”