Sony restores PSN to end nightmare

July 4, 2011

The Playstation Network hacking nightmare is set to come to an end this week as Sony restores all services in Japan, the last territory to be affected.

On April 20, 2011, the Playstation Network was taken offline after Sony detected an intrusion at one of its data centers. PS3 owners were left in the dark for over a week as Sony remained silent in the face of intense criticism.

The company eventually announced what had happened, which was a major hacking incident whereby the account details of millions of PSN users had been compromised. Credit card details could also have been stolen, but that has never been confirmed. The culprits have also never quite been nailed, despite an admission of guilt from disparate hacker group Anonymous.

After more preparation and securing the network against further intrusions, from Anonymous or whomever, Sony finally brought the Playstation Network back online in many parts of the world, including the U.S. and Europe, on May 16. By the end of June everything was back up and running everywhere apart from in Japan, Sony’s home country. This was due to the authorities wanting further assurances as to how safe the network was.

After further negotiations between Sony and the authorities, the Playstation Network is finally coming back online in Japan on July 6, a full 10 weeks after it was knocked offline. This means all PSN services will have then been switched back on in every territory around the world. And about time too.

While the hacking threat may be over, and Sony more confident than ever that the PSN is secure, the company is still counting the cost of the outage. It has been estimated that the whole sorry episode will have cost Sony around ¥14 billion (US$170 million) during this financial year. Which is no small amount, even for a company as large and as successful as Sony is.

23 Responses to “Sony restores PSN to end nightmare”

  1. Godless:


    At least it’s back, and hopefully, it will remain that way

  2. dans303:

    14 Billion Yen*

  3. CaptBirdman:

    Lol @ Dans.

  4. dans303:

    14 billion Yen* baby!

  5. CaptBirdman:


  6. dans303:

    ffs . . .

  7. CaptBirdman:

    It’s a fake sn, and he’s trolling. Ignore him m8, and he’ll piss off.

  8. CarlB:

    172 million dollars… it’s like a drop in the pond for Sony right?

  9. phranctoast:

    172 million is a drop in the pond compared to the estimates of what this would costs Sony.

  10. CarlB:

    Pocket change for Sony.

  11. Godless:

    Look last I heard Sony were making $10 profit per console.

    They only need to sell 17.2 million PS3 to make that money back. ..

    Or wait was it $10 loss per console in which case they’d need to sell . . .no wait that doesn’t work, ,

    They need to buy 17.2 million PS3s. .no wait . .give a moment I’ll work this out ;)

  12. Roca.:

    last time I checked none of us are stock holders so why should I care how much money a company loses?

    Companies can afford to lose billions of dollar all the time. nothing new here

  13. Godless:

    ;). . .just fishing for nibbles roca.. .just fishing

  14. oldschool1987:

    I really do pity people who actually get excited about any company losing money. This PSN_ISAMAZING guy is genuinely excited over this, like it’s the best thing to happen to him ever. I wonder if he realizes that money lost or gained by these companies will never, ever have anything to do with him?

    Bless him, he must have such a dull life if this is how excited he get’s over this. Awwhh.

  15. SW:

    So far the pool on PSN_FAIL is:

    or (my personal fav.)Sega.

    Not enough lmao’s for Kev, and I think the posts are typed too well for CAD.

    Just sayin’ ;)

  16. Barnabe Jones:

    My money is on Sega.

  17. Roca.:

    SW – PSN_FAIL first post was “EPIC FAIL”

    sound familiar? Yeah, I believe CON trademarketed that phrase ;)

  18. dans303:

    Can’t be Sega – not enough smileys.

    Probably CON.

  19. oldschool1987:

    @ Roca: I think you’re right about it being CON-RAT-MONG, he does say the same shit and is sad enough to have another account just to make it look like there are more 360 fans than there is. I would feel sorry for him but I’d rather him dead tbh.

  20. RRoD_FAIL:

    nothin fail much as microsuck! red ring biggest fail eva

  21. CaptBirdman:

    “…I think the posts are typed too well for CAD.”

    That’s a serious shot at CAD, as I’ve already pointed out, this Fail fucker cannot type to save his bollocks.

  22. Roca.:

    what’s your gamertag PSN_ISAMAZING?

    I bet you don’t even have a 360, just like CON.

  23. Kushy:

    Naw it’s TFOS! lol

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