Sony alerted users on their blog that PSN will be partially down for maintenance for the bulk of the day. They claim the impact will be minimal and chances are you won’t notice it. They also took the time to mention that the PS Store won’t be coming back online today, but reiterate they are still on target for “the end of this month.” While I’m sure there are a lot of people who will boycott the store in light of Sony’s lack of focus on security, the store also is the gatekeeper for code pack-ins in new games and also for downloading content users have already bought.
Of course, it hasn’t been all smooth sailing since PSN was partially restored. A loophole was found (and subsequently fixed) that allowed unauthorized password resetting, a Thai Sony site was infected and taken over by a phishing scam, a SQL injection attack compromised a Greek Sony music site, exposing more customer data all while the CEO called the whole thing a “hiccup in the road to a network future.” We’re still trying to figure out what that means, but do appreciate his dismissive attitude towards his company’s continued failures which have left their customers exposed.
UPDATE: Another Sony music site, this one in Japan has fell victim to yet another SQL injection attack. Yes, Sony is on quite the roll these days. Also, I was remiss not to mention that PSN is still down in Japan, as they need to answer more questions and meet more guidelines before the Japanese government will allow them to go back online in their home country. Is it clear that Sony simply can’t be trusted with your data or do they just have a huge target on them right now? While it’s obvious they’re a popular target as of late, that doesn’t excuse them from constantly failing. SQL injection attacks aren’t anything new.
UPDATE #2: Yes, this keeps getting more ridiculous. Another site, this time the Sony Ericsson Canadian site has been compromised, just like the others, with more customer data stolen. You just can’t make this stuff up. Should Sony just uninstall the internet?