/// Sony’s Playstation Network Is Back. Sony’s Reputation Will Take A Little Longer [NewEnterprise]

May 15, 2011  |  All Things Digital


Sony just announced that over the next several hours it will be flipping the lights back on in its Playstation Network that has been since hackers attacked it nearly a month ago . The company announced a phased restart to its network starting with the Americas followed by Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. This incident has turned into a severe black eye for Sony. First the outage itself was bad enough, but then came the admission that customer account data for some 77 million people, including some 10 million credit card numbers, were compromised too. Sony now faces numerous lawsuits , along with official inquiries at various stages from regulators and lawmakers around the world. The attacks also affected its Sony Online Entertainment service, home to PC-based online games like Everquest and Star Wars: Galaxies. The company is promising a batch of new security measures that it says should prevent an attack like this from occurring again. “Working closely with several respected outside security firms, the company has implemented new and additional security measures that strengthen safeguards against unauthorized activity, and provide consumers with greater protection of their personal information,” the company said in a statement. While Sony hasn’t been specific about the new security measures put in place, it described them as “considerable enhancements” and included the addition of “advanced security technologies,” additional monitoring of software, and increased level of encryption of add additional firewalls. Sony says it has also installed what it calls an “early warning system” that will detect unusual patterns of activity that might indicate a new attack is underway. Sony also said it has appointed Fumiaki Sakai, president of Sony Global Solutions as its acting Chief Information Security Officer. Sakai’s role, Sony said will be to further reinforce network security across the company, and will include recruiting a permanent CISO. Sony still faces lots of questions. How was the attack carried out

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Sony’s Playstation Network Is Back. Sony’s Reputation Will Take A Little Longer [NewEnterprise]


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