So that’s the way of life, then. Hack the life out of the PS3, get Sony pissed until the firm sends its dogs after you in the form of a lawsuit. Settle out of court and then get hired by one of the most powerful and influential tech companies in the world – Facebook.
See kids, that’s the way you do it.
Sucker Punch will extend inFamous 2′s UGC beta test because of the PSN outage, which saw the online service went offline last Wednesday.
PSN went out last Wednesday, and to make a long story short, today’s the following Tuesday, and the firm’s yet to put the service back online, or give any substantial update as to what’s really going on. Sony told us an “external intrusion” forced them to take down the service, and that they’re rebuilding the system for better security. Yet there are all sorts of rumors flying around the web and most of them are damaging to the firm.
Rumors which claim ours credit card information might be at risk, talk of hackers being able to download all sorts of content for free, all while Sony stock takes a dip on the US Stock Exchange. So are Sony really coming clean? I’m sure they’re not, in fact, up to this day, I still can’t visit the US PS Blog, and someone who claims to be part of Anonymous has stopped in the comments section of a particular thread here, claiming they’re still bombarding PSN with unwanted traffic.
Inside Sony Japan, where most massive company decisions are made, the mood must have been joyful when it was time to release PS3: “Guys we have no competition!” PlayStation father Ken Kutaragi must have proclaimed. “PS2 is the most successful console ever made, and with over 130 million (at the time) sold, the PS3 will have even more success!” I imagine he didn’t stop there either, with his confidence beaming, and Sony wanting to once again put out the most compelling machine they’d ever forged, all sorts of technology must have been considered, and although price would’ve definitely be an issue, Sony wasn’t afraid.
“They’ll buy it!” I could hear Hirai siding with Kutaragi, “it’s PlayStation, damn it! Look at how many PS2s were sold!” Things were getting a bit touchy though, price range had shot up from $399 to now $599 and some execs were perturbed. “Are we showing too much confidence in our userbase?” Another thought to himself, yet he failed to utter the thing, since the two big dogs in the room held all the say. So Blu-Ray was implemented, OtherOS, Cell Technology – and the final product was a massive technological accomplishment, but one that came with a great price.
The PlayStation Network has been down for the past few days, and up until now, the only update Sony’s given us was that they were investigating the situation, and would keep us posted about what’s going on through new updates. Well the latest update has arrived and Sony’s admitted an “external intrusion” caused the outage, and that they are working tirelessly to restore the service.
Sony’s updated both the U.S. and EU PS Blogs with a post concerning the worldwide PlayStation Network outage, and SCEA’s Patrick Seybold has warned the downtime might last up to two days.
Sony’s confirmed that the PlayStation Network has suffered a massive outage.
Over the weekend, hacktivist group “Anonymous” staged sit-ins at Sony stores all around the world, and in preparation for the event, Sony tasked police with the job to guard its stores. However there wasn’t much work for the police, as virtually nobody showed up to the events, and the one guy who came actually ended up buying a Sony Bravia.
The case is now over, the dust has settled, and once again PS3 hacker and root key exposer George “Geohot” Hotz is talking loud on his blog. What’s the new show? Well he’s donated $10,000 to the EFF, with hopes that “America can one day again be a shining example of freedom, free of the DMCA and ACTA, and that private interest will never trump the ideas laid out in the constitution of privacy, ownership, and free speech”.
But that’s not all. What really brings pleasure to Geohot is that, according to him, the “PS3 got owned”.
Earlier today, I wrote a piece talking of the issues I faced while trying to connect to PSN, and up to this point I still haven’t been able to connect. I thought it was an attack on the PlayStation Network by hackers, but gamers debunked the claim, contending they connected easily. I have yet to connect, however.
But while trying to update Games Thirst with a US PS Store update post, I realized that I couldn’t access the PlayStation Blog. I tried different browsers to see if my cache was causing the issue, but it was not. Then I tried other Sony websites and realized they were not available.
PS3 hacker George “Geohot” Hotz has responded to Sony’s release of the settlement agreement reach between them that forces him never to tamper with the PS3, or any of Sony’s products ever again. His response was rather ironic: “I will never purchase another SONY product.”
Well according to the court order, Mr. Hotz, you’ll have no need to.
The scenario that’s been playing over the past few days ever since an online “hacktivist” group who’ve dubbed themselves “Anonymous” sent an open letter to Sony, is something taken straight from the movies. In the letter, the group told Sony it would soon start attacking its properties in protest of a lawsuit the firm has leveled against infamous iPhone Jailbreak doctor, George “Geohot” Hotz, for cracking the PS3 and releasing its root key online for the masses to view and do what they please with.
What started as a normal day at Sony headquarters have turned into an animal farm. Hacktivist group “Anonymous” declared war against the software giant for taking legal action against Geohot, the notorious iPhone jailbreaker who recently exposed the PS3′s root key online for the world to see.
Update: Sony’s just tweeted that PSN will be experience downtime throughout the day because of the hackers attack, saying downtime will be rather sporadic:
“PSN currently undergoing sporadic maintenance. Access to the PSN may be interrupted throughout the day. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
Original Story: As promised via a threatening message today, hacker group Anonymous have taken down two of Sony’s flagship sites: PlayStation.com and Sony.com. The PSN site’s also giving problems with the hackers claiming that PSN, and other Sony sites coming next.
Things just got nasty.
The statement in the headline is from infamous “hacktivist” Anonymous for what it deems Sony’s “wholly unforgivable” legal actions against PS3 jailbreaker George “Geohot” Hotz.