OK, now its getting out of hand. The PlayStation Network is still down but there is light at the end of the tunnel. Down for the 7th Day in a row, PSN and Qriocity’s 77 Million members have been provided details concerning the security breach of their personal information. That’s a lot of emails, but they clarified everyone should have received their message by today (4/28). But what exactly should we be worried about? And when will PSN come back online?
Sony answered the question we all feared on their PS Blog:
Q: Was my personal data encrypted?
A: All of the data was protected, and access was restricted both physically and through the perimeter and security of the network. 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.
So it looks like some personal information was taken including home address, email, birth date etc. but credit card information was not. This still does not guarantee some credit information take so act cautiously with it. Sony will have their PlayStation Network up and running within a week from 4/26 but not all services will be up at the same time. Expect the functionality to play games online to come first, following the PS Store and so on. When the PlayStaion Network does come back online, you will be prompted to change your login password. This ensures any data that was taken will be protected again.
For those who are concerened with y our personal data, this question was asked and answered below:
Q: What steps is Sony taking to protect my personal data in the future?
A: We’ve taken several immediate steps to add protections for your personal data. First, we temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity services and, second, we are enhancing security and strengthening our network infrastructure. Moving forward, we are initiating several measures that will significantly enhance all aspects of PlayStation Network’s security and your personal data, including moving our network infrastructure and data center to a new, more secure location, which is already underway. We will provide additional information on these measures shortly.
I mentioned within a week of 4/26. Here is Sony’s official response.
Q: When will the PlayStation Network and Qriocity be back online?
A: Our employees have been working day and night to restore operations as quickly as possible, and we expect to have some services up and running within a week from yesterday. However, we want to be very clear that we will only restore operations when we are confident that the network is secure.
Keep your eyes peeled here or follow the updates on PlayStation Blog site to find out when the PSN is back online.