The PlayStation Network breach is taking more toll and time than experts at Sony estimated.
A blog post by high profile source, Seybold, elaborated that the scale of the security breach is so extensive that bringing the system back online in the specified time line won’t be possible. “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,” Seybold wrote. “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 the incredibly complex system.”
Bloomberg has reported that the initial date of bringing system online was of May 31. Though this date will most likely be changed, considering the pace of the project.
Company is seriously occupied by the revival project as it just removed names and relative information of some 2,500 customers, mostly belonging to USA. These names were posted by the hackers who stole the information in the first place; website used for this purpose was Sony’s “old, inactive site”.
Kaz Hirai, Chief at PS, is confident that services will be online “within a week”. He is also optimistic regarding the restoration of complete service “within a month”.
This whole incident began in April when Sony’s system was breached by hackers and valuable information of millions of customers went into unknown hands. Sony faced heavy criticism from members of congress, customers and analysts.
CEO Howard Stringer apologized for the incident and explained future contingency plans to handle such scenarios. In the most recent blog post by Seybold, the exact dates of bringing the system back online were not mentioned.
“We’ve begun the process of restoring the service through internal testing of the new system,” he wrote. “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 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.”