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Court Sides with Sony on PSN Terms, LulzSec Hacker Pleads Guilty

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128w ago - Recently a Northern California district court [Register or Login to view links] with Sony (PDF) on their TOS change requiring disputes to be resolved through arbitration, while LulzSec hacker Cody Kretsinger pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer.

To quote from TechDirt.com (linked above): "Some folks were not at all happy about this and sought to file a class action lawsuit against Sony for the change -- but that lawsuit has been (pretty quickly) [Register or Login to view links] by the court, suggesting that the main guy suing failed to show evidence of any harm.

In an interesting move, the court found that the fact that you lost access to the network if you didn't agree to the new terms isn't evidence of any harm, but rather a choice."

Also from [Register or Login to view links] on the LulzSec Sony Pictures Entertainment hacking last year,...
 

New PSN Games for PS3 Custom Firmware 3.55 by EXEtrimALL Out

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142w ago - Today PlayStation 3 hacker EXEtrimALL has made available some new PSN game releases that are confirmed working on PS3 Custom Firmware (CFW) 3.55, as outlined below.

The new PlayStation Network hacked games include:

  • Resident.Evil.4.HD.PSN.PS3-EXEtrimALL
  • DeathSpank.EU.PSN.PS3-EXEtrimALL
  • Castlevania.Lords.of.Shadow.DLC.PACK.Reverie.and.Resurrection.PS3-EXEtrimALL
  • Shank.FULL.PSN.Title-EXEtrimALL
  • Thongs Of Virtue

I have found this on private torrent site, hopefully soon this will be available everywhere.

It's been reported all games (and PS3 DLC) works, except RE4 HD on 3.41 it works only on 3.55 CFW.

As always, see the ongoing thread for download links to them as they become available.

Full EXEtrimALL PSN Game List:

  • Angry Birds
  • Auditorium HD
  • Call of Duty Classic
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Resurrection
  • Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Revive
  • Crash Bandicoot
  • Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
  • Crash Bandicoot: WARPED
  • CTR: Crash Team Racing
  • CUBIXX HD
  • DeathSpank
  • Deathspank...

 

PSN Down for Unscheduled Maintenance, Sony Updates Incoming

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156w ago - Update: Several sources including [Register or Login to view links] now confirm that PSN services are back online!

Despite publishing their weekly PSN Game Store Updates, users are reporting that PSN is down for what appears to be unscheduled maintenance on Sony's PlayStation Network.

According to [Register or Login to view links], an anonymous source confirmed that the PSN downtime is indeed due to technical issues and not annother intrusion into Sony's online network, to quote:

"The recent PSN outage isn't because of an external intrusion but a technical issue within the network. Should be fixed in the next few hours and is nothing to get worried about. "

Finally, below are some recent Tweets from PlayStationEU...
 

PSN Service Restoration Update, Internal Testing Underway

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175w ago - As a follow-up to yesterday's PSN updates, Sony's Senior Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media Patrick Seybold has posted another brief PlayStation Network update as follows:

As you may know, we've begun the process of restoring the service through internal testing of the new system. We're still working to confirm the security of the network infrastructure, as well as working with a variety of outside entities to confirm with them of the security of the system. Verifying the system security is vital for the process of restoration. Additional comprehensive system checks and testing are still required, and we must complete that process before bringing the systems online.

As you've heard us say, our utmost priorities are the security of the network and ensuring your data is safe. We won't restore the services until we can test the system's strength in these respects.

When we held the press conference in Japan last week, based on what we knew, we expected to have the services online within a week. We were unaware of the extent of the attack on Sony Online Entertainment servers, and we are taking this opportunity to conduct further testing of...
 

Sony's Response on PSN to the U.S. House of Representatives

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176w ago - Today Sony's Senior Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media Patrick Seybold has posted an update on their response to the U.S. House of Representatives via the PlayStation Blog.

To quote: Today, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing in Washington, DC on The Threat of Data Theft to American Consumers.

Kazuo Hirai, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sony Computer Entertainment America, submitted written answers to questions posed by the subcommittee about the large-scale, criminal cyber-attack we have experienced. We wanted to share those answers with you (click [Register or Login to view links]).

In summary, we told the subcommittee that in dealing with this cyber attack we followed four key principles:

1. Act with care and caution.
2. Provide relevant information to the public when it has been verified.
3. Take responsibility for our obligations to our customers.
4. Work with law enforcement authorities.

We also informed the subcommittee of the following:

  • Sony has been the victim of a very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal...

 
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