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PS3: Hacker Proofing PlayStation Network (PSN) While Down

The PlayStation Network is still unavailable at the time of writing, as the problem continues for best part of a week now. We told you yesterday that Sony were Hacker Proofing the PlayStation Network while it was down. But will they be able to make the service safe from hackers?

We are still seeing many fed up PlayStation 3 owners commenting on PRs pages, venting their frustrations at the long downtime of PSN. But if Sony can not only make the service more secure, but also improve it, won’t this prolonged outage be worth it?

Many gamers prefer playing their PS3 games online, for instance there are people who have the Call of Duty franchise who only use it online without ever playing the campaign mode. Trouble is will PSN ever be safe from people wanting to hack into the service and take it down? Tell us what you think by taking part in the poll below.

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Acheter site

My business card have been stolen ! Thx Sony !!!

kyu
kyu

im sick of this i realy never appreaciated the online network. but since its down i realy miss it

but once i get back online i wont t-bag people in nazi zombies when there about to die πŸ™‚

cptgg
cptgg

come on people you aint going anywhere jus be patient n we will be online again ..it aint the end of the world ..and you know you aint going to get xbox then you have to pay when ps3 its for free and a better platform..so relax take a chill pill and go clean yo room lol …

xbox 360 rocks
xbox 360 rocks

get an xbox 360 you could never hack micosoft.

ibra
ibra

someone now what time it come back?

afgh
afgh

As a gamer and a long time fan of the PS3 I think what ps3 network is doing is awsome, sure they're down but once they're back up, it will show a lot more improvement, maybe they can come up with some counter measures and stop people from hacking the network, it is not their fault, that just show how some people tend to do with their time, instead of doing some productive, they're willing to destroy something they have no business messing with, they're immature and selfish, but hey lets give ps3 a chance to fix thing right.

guest
guest

ps3 will take about a week i would think to get back online and every system should improve there online because xbox might get hacked too and sony needs to get there online back on some people only play online.

camzzzy136
camzzzy136

Microsoft – dont care about hacking compared to sony so people dont want to hack the proper company
Sony – Always care about hackers so peeps cheese them off

I Have both systems ps3 80gb And xbox 360 slim with kinect ive had my ps3 longer and i love my xbox more now that ps3 are having all these problems

pezmeister
pezmeister

Everybody who is talking about going to a different platform needs to calm down! I bought my PS3 upon release and until now have enjoyed hours upon hours of FREE online gameplay. Of course your gonna get an agile who has nothing better to do to ruin a good thing for everyone cause they have no friends and no life. So I say don't just throw aside all the great things SCEA and Co. Have done for us gamers just because someone decided to be an ass. Like other people said nothing is hack proof. All it takes is someone… Read more »

kent
kent

if it takes a year to fix r.i.p playstation 3

josh
josh

I will never go to the XBOX 360 but if sony doesnt get this problem fixed soon im done playing the ps3 is boring without online

hackers know just about every back door to the rules they will find a way to hack it again

how does a 21yr old nerd living in his parents basement hack the PSN and the creators cant fix it, how does he know this?

happy
happy

back from umrah and never got to play online

justin lewis
justin lewis

why would sony hackers mess up our playstations every body is pissed of sony better have it on this weekend

Gabethegreat
Gabethegreat

I am angry at PSN not hurrying up.It's Tuesday and they haven't fixed it.I might get a X-BOX 360 just for my friends that have them or complain that I can't play Black Ops etc…..I know I'm a guest but I wouldn't bother making an account.I suggest letting PSN have a month or until the end of May until they fix then I will trade for X-BOX 360 but what about all your stats?Your friends?Your PSN store money?Escpecially your friends. You could lose valuable friends and get X-BOX jerks to be your friends.At least Machinanama and Machinanama Respasn are on… Read more »

blizzake
blizzake

From a public relations standpoin,t Sony is F-ing up! You have over 75 million subscribers! Where are you guys. Tell us something other than "your making PSN hack proof". I feel like my girlfriend just dumped via a text message!

Jon
Jon

Even though the network is down and will most likely remain down for a bit longer , I will remain a ps3 fan… Since the network is down why not actually do something productive and have some patience. I believe Sony is being discredited for their efforts to better the platform due to the recent hacking issues. After all like mentioned before in other comments this generation wants instant gratification and sometimes for the better you can't have this.

dont worry
dont worry

lesson hear if u dont work by dis week im moving to Xbox

Takenshark
Takenshark

Xbox is far better because no one can hack into Microsoft it is known fact so lots of you Hoyle go over to xbox cause it has higher security xbox would be able to solve this in minutes woo everyone's happy

Evan
Evan

saying nothing can be free and hack proof giving hint
hat you might be paying for your online

ReMo
ReMo

Wow day 6 now….what annoys me is Sonys lack of informing the public.
and i usually only play games online so im getting fed up…might go back to pc..
hackerproof is not going to happen…maybe for a while but they always find new ways to gain access.
albeit kudos to Sony for making ps3 hackerproof for 4 years tho

ERTY
ERTY

I BUYED MW2 FOR NOTHING

The Cuban Linx
The Cuban Linx

Not to be funny but 5 days downtime? Come on.

sven
sven

i bet you who hacked sony was a xbox 360 fan cos who the hell would hack sony but not xbox 360s

davy coperfie
davy coperfie

Microsoft has it own server, PSN uses game server, i got bout system, i only uses my ps3 for exclusive game. i made a mistake when i got mw2 for ps3 the server was suck, after that call of duty for Xbox live ,platform games for Xbox ,too many issues only with ps3 everybody know that, that's why i Xbox live is much satisfied on line,I'm not say sony is bad, but the quality talks.

Hazeandr
Hazeandr

I really dont understand the impatience of todays gaming generation. I too pretty much only used my PS3 for online gameplay but amazingly during this downtime I found other things to do. I mean we have the internet at our fingertips and there are plenty of games to be found there to fill time and there are non online games that can be played as well. Have we really become so dependant upon online gameplay through a console that we cant go a couple of weeks without despite the fact that the service we will recieve may in fact be… Read more »

Blaze
Blaze

I am going to stick with Sony all the way. Yes, the hackers might have won this round but I believe the gamers will win the the next. Don't ever give up hope on the greatest platform of this generation. I will never ever leave Sony for another system.

austin
austin

you cant make playstations un hackable anything with a hard drive is hackable and if sony makes some kind of defense for the system that i have to pay for them im going to throw my playstation at that vice president in the commercial

g37zilla
g37zilla

out of both gaming system i have never experience this with xbox 360 maybe we will switch back to xbox and sale the ps3. especially when sony network cant even give updates on the network

Majima
Majima

Trading your PS3 for Xbox 360??? Go ahead. PSN is temporarily suspended due to 'external intrusion'.
I have Xbox 360 Slim and I don't consider getting Xbox Live since psn is F R E E.

Seriously, patience is virtue.

ASSpSH
ASSpSH

PSH I am sending you this message for some resons here is 1 Put PSN BACK ON MODERFUKAA

Destyn
Destyn

If you guys are thinking the hacker has hacked into the psn and now all our information is out there

Ryan
Ryan

this is pissing me off
people are complaining about the psn being down but what they are doing is trying to make it even more difficult for hackers to hack the network
and the people who are saying "fuck this im going to Xbox" do you really think the Xbox is any different to the ps3 in terms of hackable, of course people are going to hack the Xbox aswell, nearly all electronics can be hacked its just how society is

Tolbert
Tolbert

why cry about it I play a lot of games online expecially madden 165 and 16. and I could care less if the network is down for a week or so if you care so much go by 360 or a WII

John
John

Nothing is absolutely hacker proofed. Not even Xbox is because it was hacked into a few years ago and Xbox live was down for 2 weeks

slunkymonkey
slunkymonkey

xbox went down last year for 2 weeks so thats got the same prob, and u dont have to pay for the basic online package, so stop moaning

Aaron
Aaron

guys i know you are trying to fix what happen with the hackers, but waiting 4 days doesnt mean it will be hacker proff, and i love to play call of duty…and now i cant without getting bored out of my mind, so this is making me want to get a xbox360 even though i love ps3, just please hurry up i want it on! (:

Joey-- SKINNS
Joey-- SKINNS

THIS Is really getting on my nerves a bunch of geek kids hacked Sony that is pathetic SONY IS INCOPIDENT!!!!!!!!!!!

bogie
bogie

microsoft has hacked sony… thats how it is.. 2 comp that make war aginst eachother.. and all hacker who cheats at games.. fu-.ck you all. you all suck att cod mw2. so you cheat inst.. så go and hang yourself

Heat Wave
Heat Wave

Yes its been 5 days…………. Sony provides a free service so get over it……..Brush up on your soloing skills and improve reflexes…. you'll come back online stronger and better than before… from the words of my mom

HeatWave
HeatWave

Yes its been 5 days…………. Sony provides a free service so get over it……..Brush up on your soloing skills and improve reflexes…. you'll come back online stronger and better than before… from the words of my mom

"GET OVER IT!!!!!!"

Dick
Dick

If playstation doesn't get fixed soon, I will quit playing ps3 forever. I am fed up with the time frame lies

Guest
Guest

Not being funny, but hasn't this same problem happened to Xbox. I'm sure that the Xbox was down for 14 days, wayyyy longer than what PS3's fans have been experiencing so far. So stop the cr*p about buying or moving to Xbox because there probably just as bad if not worse!

Hacker
Hacker

It was me I brought it down with a calculator and a box of matches

Hacker
Hacker

Joke I would not mind so much if they were updating us on the problem but the silence coming out of playstation is deafing. All people want to know is how long is that to much to ask. I wont be switching to XBOX I dont like there controllers.

guest
guest

nobody moans about hacked lobbys why moan now when hackers are proving a point. Long live geohot he is a legend. Most of you need the practice try playing single player mode before you go online again .

JOHN
JOHN

i dont really care like just put it back on like people wanted to play some video games since they are off for easter break and they cant like just put it back on mann i dont care put it back on its been 5 days now it said a day or two ITS BEEN 5 FREAKIN DAYS!!!!!!!!!

gigabait
gigabait

The xbox never ever had problems with hackers, so, yeah, Sony CAN make the psn as secure as the xbox πŸ™‚

james
james

when will this get fixed cause i am bored as ever and i want to go back on my ps3

Nick
Nick

Get a life guys! You can't find anything better to do than moan about the outage when the sun is out?! This just shows how limited you all are.

Killer_-_---x
Killer_-_---x

hurry up sony, the world is waiting

barry d
barry d

this is the reason i got an xbox, I was a loyal ps1, ps2 and ps3 (60gb ) owner, the i got my first taste of xbox live in november last year, I have to say in my opinion, that xbox and xbox live is better, I find COD a lot faster online, forza trumps gt5 in every department ( another reason i switched) And for £40 odd quid a year i have a relibale faster sevice to play games online, Perfect example is, on ps3 fifa 11 hung and glitched a lot while playing online, Yet on the same… Read more »

troy
troy

The only way PSN can start to combat this problem is to setup a new way of opening a PSN account, it is obvious that the hackers are taking advantage of the easy access to PSN. We all like a bit of free bee but these hackers are taking the mick. They have waged a war on PSN and its users, these people are terrorist, acting without any true cause or purpose. Message to PSN by shutting down the network your actions are empowering these terrorist. Give them back a taste of there own medicine, Put corrupted software just for… Read more »

slunkymonkey
slunkymonkey

i wish every1 wud shut the fuk up, how can u go a week without your beloved ps3? jus deal with it i have jus as much fun playin offline than online

rockin
rockin

@all you sad people who say i am going to Xbox………….well piss of then no 1 on here or Sony will give a shit, people like you should go get the cord from you ps3 wrap it around your neck and yes you guessed it swwwwwiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnggggggggg!! you make me puke, its free guys and if you haven't got a life were you can fill your time for a week or two whilst this problem is fixed then in my humble opinion your an oxygen thief and your as bad as the people who caused all this. honestly just listen to… Read more »

bawbag
bawbag

i agree with the above comments do all the people who say they are going to switch to xbox realise that they will have to pay and still have the same problems as with the psn. Its probably x box fans who have done this anyway just to try and prove a point about how much better it is when any one with a ps3 knows its a far better console and package in general

oliver
oliver

Cheers psn for sorting it out! I can bash cod again

Thunder
Thunder

The hackers are known as anonymous and the thing about them is they have made a business for hacking and it is sad I have both a PS3 and Xbox and if people can't wait then there is no point but what I Would say is yes they need to sort it out but they are also tracking down the hackers so they are really spending more time getting the hackers arrested or get them fined with their business and equipment gone they will lose everything

Meow
Meow

The matter of people hacking something is purely for money. Finding such a hole is psn network means a lot to repair, many hacker seek these situations to earn big money πŸ™‚ I also dont believe that people whom hacked things like police or CIA servers ever go to jail, i think they get a great job by hacking πŸ™‚

xXWAY2MERKYXx
xXWAY2MERKYXx

has any body had a thought about microsoft and steam.why didnt xbox get pc link play after all theyre microsoft this would have seemed an appropriate match for the two.but its come to ps instead,id xbox feel angry over this could they be to blame for the problems weve had.kinect was a flop lets be honest how many people do you know who have one?????? steam could have been their saving grace this year,its all speculation on my behalf but we cant deny the facts at hand

chris
chris

i might be wrong saying this but with the ps3 being a FREE online service ther must be certain shorcuts and less online saftey against this type of situation. seems sony have shot themselves in the foot big time. look at xbox any problems console is replaced within days even red ring (which dosnt happen anymore) and you PAY for the online service they have the knowledge and man power to proof these types of attacks. For such a company to get hacked seems silly. If someone can hack the main network etc just think how easy it would be… Read more »

xXWAY2MERKYXx
xXWAY2MERKYXx

all of you guys who are claiming to be switching to xbox i think will be unpleasently surprised.we all know that if there is a hack mod glitch or cheat of any kind ull find it on the xbox first and it will be un relentlessly used by millions of ppl the world over.im sick of hearing ppl saying there gonna switch,please do honestly i mean it, and then a few weeks later ull be moaning that u cant play online cus there too much lag or theres that guy who just keeps killing.microsoft dont care about the problems aslong… Read more »

bob12345
bob12345

playstation ftw

bob12345
bob12345

playstation ftw

dAM
dAM

DONT MAKE US PAY FOR PS3 OR OTHERWISE EVERYONE WILL START TO DISLIKE PS3 TRUST

DAZZZZZZZZ
DAZZZZZZZZ

THANKS PSN FOR ALL THE HARD WORK…………………………… MANAGED TO GET ONLINE TODAY MADE MY LIFE A WHOLE LOT BETTER THANKS

ToXiiC_StOrM
ToXiiC_StOrM

its been 4 dayz sins i went online, online is the only interesting thing tbh. I mostey play cod6 and red dead and i hav found that there no hackers enymore so why upload something in the easter holz, when its common sense not to do that in a holiday went kidz and adults are gunner play. I DONT THINK THERE WAS ANYTHING WRONG IN THE FIRST PLACE SO WHY CHANGE IT. ADD ME ON PS3 ToXiiC_StOrM and add my friend ToXiiC_FeeLiN we rock!

Jord
Jord

get a life its sunny in england, yes i am angry to, but its easter spend some time with ure family!

flipside
flipside

To w8 a week for a free service to resume is no biggie, Sony will sort it, buy an xbox and become part of they're fickle community if you want, I won't be switching to xbox

Iain
Iain

Like most on this post i'm a keen gamer (COD) and totally frustrated with PSN being down but for those of you who are thinking about switching to the XBox platform don't forget its made by Microsoft…the world'sbiggest target for hackers? Also, we treat hackers like modern day cyber heroes against the vast machine of industry…until it affects us directly. I wonder of many of you have taken advantage of a cheat or two in a game to get an advantage or similar jump to the top (spoils the fun for me, but that's just me). I'm just hoping Sony… Read more »

Guest
Guest

This last few days without the online game as shown me, how much of my time was spent playing games. I miss the network and online game play because without it – the ps3 is boring. I have decided that i am going to play less ps3 which probably means less game buying which means sony losing money, i was in a game store on saturday having some discs cleaned when a mum and son appeared with a ps3 console they were buying because of the free online game play….of games, the guy behind the counter said that at the… Read more »

gemma
gemma

probs do you all a world of good and you can enjoy the sunshine x

HARRy
HARRy

i have paid 350pounds for ps3 when i came home i set it up no internet for the whole week if they dont fix this i am asking back for my money

HARRY
HARRY

i have paid 350pounds for ps3 when i came home i set it up no internet for the whole week if they dont fix this i am asking back for my money

ThatGuy
ThatGuy

I have to say that I did plan to play some CoD online over the weekend however the downtime hasn't bothered me in the slightest. There is more to life than playing online games!

Paul
Paul

Why is it that Xbox live doesn't get hacked but PSN does? Maybe Sony can learn something from Microsoft.

David MacVosh
David MacVosh

Oh, well once my Playstation Plus has expired I won't be renewing it; It had a bad choice of items, featured advertised like automatic downloading doesn't work, the PSN has been down for nearly a week and it's not the first time.

Got my Xbox 360, now getting Xbox Live and Sony can kiss there ass good bye.

gemma
gemma

probably do you all a world of good you can actually go out and enjoy the sunshine!

Tyler
Tyler

Of Course They Can`t Make It Hack Proof There Are Alot Of Boffin PS3 Owners Who Know All The Back Doors Of Hacking

HardcorePSGamer
HardcorePSGamer

Sony will never completely be able to "hack proof" the network. All they will end up doing is improving security and eventually charging us for the privilege, which was on the cards anyway…

dippz angry
dippz angry

ps3 are taking long eith this problem cant finish it quick or am going to get X-BOX is better..

aaron
aaron

if there going to improve it surly they wud say wat ele there guna do utha than making it hack proof which they obviously cant do or they wud of dun it from the start so no it wont b worth it sounds like a waste of time 2 me

ando
ando

absoulte joke been off my work friday monday for bank holidays and couldnt even get online. away to buy an xbox and alot people will be switching aswell

troy
troy

I have been frustrated with this PSN service, not been able to play online takes the excitement and fun out of PS3, I am now thinking of trading in my console for a XBOX. I suspect that if this continues for much longer PS3 will loose most of there customers and there sales figure will plunge to rock bottom. If or when PSN resolves this problem, there are a few things to consider: After PSN have used up x amount of resources to try resolve problems, Will we then have to pay a subscription fee to play online? Will the… Read more »

GordDitZ
GordDitZ

I am disgusted at Sony. This outage has been over a bank holiday weekend in the UK and I can imagine the frustration from all those fellow online gamers.
Why is it that a large corporation like sony does not have the ability to develop and maintain a secure system.
I am really lost for words.
I am thinking very seriousl about dumping the ps3 for a different platform.
I wonder how everyone else is feeling..?

Marcus
Marcus

people will always find a weakness and attack it! but what is the point???

connor
connor

Im sorry to say im going on to xbox 360

LSDWho
LSDWho

Surely by stating they're making their network "hack proof" they're just inviting more attempts to prove them wrong once they open it up again, leading to more repeats of this same situation.

paul kendall
paul kendall

how much longer till ps3 is back on line

gsc_ok
gsc_ok

when should it be back online?

Bob
Bob

The PSN will be hack proof for a while, but nothing can be completely hack proof.

david
david

im not being funny but what are the hackers trying to achieve im not the sort of person to be calling anyone without reason but what the hackers have done is really out of order its just sums up what alot of the human race is about just pure selfishness and happiness knowing that millions of harmless fans just wanting a good game online carnt access it other a busy period . i believe in fate that in time something serious will only come back to haunt the people that did this in one way or another.

thedirt
thedirt

Nothing will ever be hack proof because hackers are always a step ahead.

phill
phill

This is extreamly taking the mick right about now. how is it a 21 year old geek in his mams bassment is smarter than a sony tech team, its F***ing stupid. SONY need to get this matter sorted. i am a serious cod bummer and i am also having withdrawl symptoms form the stupid ps3!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! big out to britbritish……….

reece
reece

when is it goin to come back on because im boreddd

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