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Sony PlayStation Network Security Update, SOE Now Down

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190w ago - Today Sony's Senior Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media Patrick Seybold has made available another PlayStation Network security update to clarify some common PSN concerns, as follows:

On Tuesday, April 26 we shared that some information that was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network. Once again, we'd like to apologize to the many users who were inconvenienced and worried abut this situation.

We want to state this again given the increase in speculation about credit card information being used fraudulently. One report indicated that a group tried to sell millions of credit card numbers back to Sony. To my knowledge there is no truth to this report of a list, or that Sony was offered an opportunity to purchase the list.

One other point to clarify is from this weekend's press conference. While the passwords that were stored were not "encrypted," they were transformed using a cryptographic hash function. There is a difference between these two types of security measures which is why we said the passwords had not been encrypted. But I want to be very clear that the passwords were not stored in our database in [Register or Login to view links] form. For a description of the difference between...
 

SOE Welcomes New DC Universe Online PS3 Beta Testers!

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210w ago - Sony Online Entertainment Senior Producer Wes Yanagi in Austin has cordially welcomed new DC Universe Online PS3 Beta testers today while outlining some fixes in the works.

To quote: To all of you who have been participating in our DC Universe Online PS3 Beta, we'd like to welcome you and thank you!

We've been listening closely to your feedback and we've heard a few of you are running into some technical issues. We want you to know [Register or Login to view links] is valuable and we are implementing fixes as quickly as possible. In the next patch many issues will be resolved.

Some of the specific issues that we are fixing include numerous changes to improve the user interface, in particular text readability. In addition, we want to make it easier for you to play with your friends! What is an online game without playing with friends?

Social enhancements will make it easier to communicate, play and group with others. Improvements to chat input, frequently used phrases menu, and the ability to use emotes will further convey your personality and mood to the world.

There are also several adjustments in process that will improve instruction and hint messages within the UI. Plus, we are adding a way for you...
 

Rumor: Sony's Director of Information Security at SOE is a Pirate?

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251w ago - SONY is always whining about piracy and how evil pirates are. But are they better themselves? Not really!

While I browsed the web lately, I read a bit about [Register or Login to view links], the Director of Information Security at SONY Online Entertainment.

Getting a bit more interested I found his private homepage ([Register or Login to view links]).

Domain Name:ASDFG.ORG
Created On:28-Nov-2004 00:10:59 UTC
Last Updated On:02-Dec-2009 19:05:57 UTC
Expiration Date:28-Nov-2010 00:10:59 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:GoDaddy.com, Inc. (R91-LROR)
Status:CLIENT DELETE PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT RENEW PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
Status:CLIENT UPDATE PROHIBITED
Registrant ID:CR31049087
Registrant Name:bryan blank
Registrant Street1:torrey pines road
Registrant City:la jolla
Registrant State/Province:California
Registrant Postal Code:92037
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.2033511178
Registrant Email:bryan@wezl.org


By random searching for interesting links I explored the directory "[Register or Login to view links]" which...
 

SOE Gives Premium Access to Player and Bonus Station Cash

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262w ago - Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) is pleased to announce that, as of December 17, 2009, SOE will no longer charge for access to Station Players premium features for EverQuest, EverQuest II and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes for the PC.

According to the Press Release, access to premium Station Players features will be included at no additional cost for each respective game for subscribers with active, paid subscriptions in good standing.

Station Access subscribers with active, paid subscriptions in good standing will continue to have access to all Station Players premium features.

As SOE continues to demonstrate a commitment to its player community, each of the Station Players sites will be upgraded with new art, improved navigation and features requested by players, including a new integrated chat bar and streamlined profile pages.

Players will also benefit from new game update pages featuring up-to-date community news for improved communication. Additionally, for the first time, users will be able to access the new Station CashTM Marketplace catalog for the latest in-game items.

From December 23, 2009 to January 3, 2010, SOE will also give players an opportunity to double the value of all Free Realms Station Cash retail game cards (excluding Free Realms Starter Cards) purchased...
 

SOE Opens Its Bag of Tricks to Online Community this October

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323w ago - Sony has announced it's online titles will host a variety of in-game Halloween events including EverQuest II's Nights of the Dead and more.

Press Release: GAMERS BEWARE: SONY ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT OPENS ITS BAG OF TRICKS TO THE ONLINE COMMUNITY THIS OCTOBER

Online Titles to Host Variety of In-Game Halloween Events Including EverQuest® II 's Nights of the Dead and First-Ever Star Wars GalaxiesTM Galactic Moon Festival

WHAT:
Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) conjures ghosts, ghouls and goblins for the gamer community in a variety of in-game events themed around Halloween. This October, EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Star Wars Galaxies, Legends of Norrathâ„¢, Vanguard Saga of Heroesâ„¢, EverQuest® Online Adventures and The Matrix Online players can celebrate All Hallows Eve by participating in themed quests, donning avatar costumes and masks, and trick-or-treating for loot and candy!

In-game events are as follows:

EverQuest®: The lands of Norrath have been overridden with mystery, magic and mayhem. Help the inhabitants of Greater Faydark weed the Necromancer's Garden of the horrible sprouting skulls that have taken root there. Assist farmers in West Karana subdue the spooks in a Scarecrow Roundup. Rewards will go to all who succeed in combating these episodes of...
 
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