Monthly Archives: April 2011
I’m sure a lot of you are getting so thirsty in accessing the multiplayer features of your PS3s. Well, here’s a good news. According to the PlayStation Blog, the service will be up and running again starting on May 3rd. Believe it or not, this is official. Hackers of the PlayStation Network (if there really is, how many they are, and what they did with our accounts, we don’t have a clue) still have 3 days to celebrate their selfish masterpiece for hacking the service. Also, Sony promised that they’ll get revenge against them, for their money-sake, and for the PS3 users-sake. Oh God’s sake! Here’s what the news says:
Sony has confirmed that it hopes to restore some fuctionality to the PSN service by next Tuesday in a new statement on the PlayStation Blog.
“Our employees have been working day and night to restore operations as quickly as possible, and we expect to have some services up and running within a week from yesterday. However, we want to be very clear that we will only restore operations when we are confident that the network is secure.”
Dated April 27, the update posted by Patrick Seybold (Sr. Director, Corporate Communications & Social Media), would put the estimated return date for PSN services as May 3, meaning that the service will have been offline for two weeks.
Although which services will be coming back online next week is unclear, Sony has stated they are working on new security measures for the future, as well as seeking out those responsible for the breach, confirming they “are working closely with a recognized technology security firm in order to find those responsible for this criminal act, no matter where in the world they might be located.”
Source: PlayStation Blog + IGN
If you read it carefully, Sony stated that they’ve been working with a “recognized technology security firm”. That, we don’t know, and I bet it’s a top-secret-Sony thing.
The “project: system rebuild” is almost done, I believe. This crisis has led the service to a backlash. For 2 weeks of “NO PSN”, I bet this is considered to be a good news to PlayStation users. Hopefully, we can trust Sony to permanently secure our accounts forever. Oh, and don’t forget to think of a new password for your account(s), it is necessary to change password once the PSN service is up and running. Feel free to share this article. xoxo
EDIT: It seems like the article’s source, which is IGN, made a big mistake and players worldwide assumed that the service will be back exactly on the 3rd. According to a reliable source, Sony did not mention any exact date, instead, clarified that they only hinted that the service will comeback definitely starting on the 1st week of May 2011. Right now, May 5th, the time I’m writing this revision of this post, there are only a few days left for Sony to keep up with their promise. I, Mistercomputer, hope that it will all turn out well.
EDIT: I’ve seen a lot of people waiting and waiting and losing patience, so here you go, the latest from Sony Japan.
|> Bullet For My Valentine – Scream Aim Fire
Just received an e-mail from PlayStation Asia (Hongkong) about the recent crisis the PlayStation Network is facing right now. You can read what the email says below:
雖然我們仍然在調查事件的詳情，但我們相信一名未獲授權人士已取得您提供的個人資料，包括姓名、地址（城市、州、郵遞區號）、國家、電郵地址、出生日期、 PlayStation®Network密碼、登入名稱及PSN在線名稱。您的帳戶資料包括購買履歷、帳單郵寄地址（城市、州、郵遞區號）及密碼保安答案 可能已經洩露。如您為您的子女或監護兒童開立子帳號，您的子女或監護兒童的相同資料亦可能已經洩露。雖然現時尚無證據顯示信用卡資料被外洩，但我們亦不能 排除有關可能。如您已透過PlayStation®Network提供信用卡資料，基於審慎處理的前提下，我們建議您留意您的信用卡號碼（保安碼除外）及 到期日亦可能已經洩露。
為了保障您的資料，我們建議您要額外留意要求您提供個人或敏感資料的電郵、電話及欺詐郵件。Sony Computer Entertainment將不會以任何方式，包括電郵，來要求您提供信用卡號碼、身份證號碼或類似號碼或其他個人識別資料。如被要求提供這些資料，您可 確信提出的一方不是Sony Computer Entertainment。PlayStation®Network服務全面恢復後，我們強烈建議您登入並更改密碼。另外，如您在其他服務或帳戶使用 PlayStation®Network使用者名稱或密碼，我們亦建議您更改那些資料。
我們感謝您耐心等待我們完成事件的調查工作，並為造成的不便深表歉意。我們的團隊正24小時工作，儘快恢復服務。Sony Computer Entertainment非常重視資料保安，並會繼續確保採取額外措施來保障個人識別資料。為顧客提供高質素及安全的娛樂服務是我們的首要工作。如有查 詢，請致電2341 2356 (香港) 或 021 2994 8800 (印尼)或 1 800 81 4963 (馬來西亞)或800 8523 663 (新加坡)或0809 079 888 (台灣)或 0 2715 6100 (泰國)。
Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong Limited
Valued PlayStation®Network Customer:
We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain PlayStation®Network user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network. In response to this intrusion, we have:
- Temporarily turned off PlayStation®Network services;
- Engaged an outside, recognized security firm to conduct a full and complete investigation into what happened; and
- Quickly taken steps to enhance security and strengthen our network infrastructure by re-building our system to provide you with greater protection of your personal information.
We greatly appreciate your patience, understanding and goodwill as we do whatever it takes to resolve these issues as quickly and efficiently as practicable.
Although we are still investigating the details of this incident, we believe that an unauthorized person has obtained the following information that you provided: name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation®Network password and login, and PSN online ID. It is also possible that your profile data, including purchase history and billing address (city, state, zip), and your PlayStation®Network password security answers may have been obtained. If you have authorized a sub-account for your dependent, the same data with respect to your dependent may have been obtained. While there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility. If you have provided your credit card data through PlayStation®Network, out of an abundance of caution we are advising you that your credit card number (excluding security code) and expiration date may have been obtained.
For your security, we encourage you to be especially aware of email, telephone, and postal mail scams that ask for personal or sensitive information. Sony Computer Entertainment will not contact you in any way, including by email, asking for your credit card number, identity number or similar number or other personally identifiable information. If you are asked for this information, you can be confident Sony Computer Entertainment is not the entity asking. When the PlayStation®Network services are fully restored, we strongly recommend that you log on and change your password. Additionally, if you use your PlayStation®Network user name or password for other unrelated services or accounts, we strongly recommend that you change them, as well.
To protect against possible identity theft or other financial loss, we encourage you to remain vigilant to review your account statements and to monitor your credit or similar types of reports.
We thank you for your patience as we complete our investigation of this incident, and we regret any inconvenience. Our teams are working around the clock on this, and services will be restored as soon as possible. Sony Computer Entertainment takes information protection very seriously and will continue to work to ensure that additional measures are taken to protect personally identifiable information. Providing quality and secure entertainment services to our customers is our utmost priority. Please contact us at 2341 2356 (HONG KONG) OR 021 2994 8800 (INDONESIA) OR 1 800 81 4963 (MALAYSIA) OR 800 8523 663 (SINGAPORE) OR 0809 079 888 (TAIWAN) OR 0 2715 6100 (THAILAND). should you have any additional questions.
Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong Limited
It’s too bad that PlayStation Network is still down. I know how people, specially fanboys, are getting annoyed of it. We still don’t know what’s the reason behind, and because of various rumors circulationg around the internet globally, it makes us more and more annoyed. We just hope that the dudes in PlayStation dev team do the right thing to make us play multiplayer again, with no anomalies in our credit cards.
Right now, what we can do is to monitor your credit card connected to your PSN account, check your emails, and regularly login to PSN via their website to check if their are some things strange. Also, feel free to inform the other players, hit the “Like” button to share this post to your Facebook friends, hit the “Tweet” button to spread the word to your twitter-mates, or just click the “Email” button to send an email through your email service. xoxo
|> Metallica – Dyers Eve
A few days ago, I did some report about the release of Girls’ Generation’s Mr. Taxi/Run Devil Run single, and then the Dance Version of the highly anticipated music video of the new Japanese single, Mr. Taxi. Finally, just right now, SM Entertainment released the full version of the internet-sensation music video.
The news came out from Twitter, via Soshified’s tweet:
Our friends from Soshified spread the word, along with an attached link which re-directs to the music video uploaded in YouTube. Here its goes:
[Credits to: yuri0sss]
Now, now, what can you say about it? As for me, just like what I expected from the dance version, I believe the all-kill status SNSD is expecting will no wonder come true. Re-tweet this post now by hitting the twitter button below, and spread the word!
|> f(x) – 피노키오 (Danger)
I saw this in facebook, in which a certain SNSD fan page posted about Chito Miranda, the vocalist of the Philippines’ national band Parokya ni Edgar, tweeting about SNSD and his like about the 9 girls via his twitter account:
In his tweet, he mentions how he loves SNSD very much, saying that they are so cute and adorable and are good in dancing, along with 2NE1, and other K-Pop groups, and OPM pioneers such as Gary Valenciano and Sarah Gernimo. He also mentioned about his dislike about filipino pop groups whose style and sound is directly reminiscent to K-Pop, these so-called P-Pop groups who received both love and hate during their debut.
With Idol Chito’s admiration to SNSD expressed via twitter, I asked him who in SNSD is his bias. I don’t know if he’ll reply back soon, we’ll just wait and see.
Filipino netizens are doing a good job digging some more celebrities and famous personalities in the country whose into SNSD and fellow k-pop groups.
|> Slapshock – Numb
This morning, SM Entertainment just released another goodie, aside from the Run Devil run dance version, for SONEs and non-SONEs who are interested in SNSD’s japanese “all-kill” operation. As I’ve mentioned before, SNSD’s sales might be donated to the victims of the tsunami. In anyway, the girls and the company worked so hard that fans became so excited after learning about the new video. Let’s take a look:
[Credits to: iLoveShisus]
As you can see, the girls’ outfit are similar to those traffic enforcer and taxi drivers-alike. The concept is indeed well-presented, with matching video in the background as well as a lot of cool new dance moves by the girls. To think that the song itself is well-composed and is very catchy, the video, even if its just the dance version, matches well with the song. Hopefully SONEs can still wait for the Full HD and the real final video after watching this recently released stuff. Oh, and I’m a SONE!
|> Bleeding Through – Love in Slow Motion
It’s the 19th of April today, almost less than a week until the release of Girls’ Generation’s very first Japanese double A-side single which is Mr. Taxi/Run Devil Run.
A few weeks ago, SM Entertainment released the teaser photo the new single, and a week ago, the Music Video of the japanese version of Run Devil Run came out in YouTube.
Just some days ago, I decided to visit the unified SNSD thread in local tech forum, TipidPC. I came across a photo with the SNSD Mr. Taxi teaser photo edited in a very awesome way. I was laughing out so hard, the idea is just so cool. It was a Photoshop~ed image. Instead of the black-colored taxi in the background, it has a jeepney!
I would like to praise the person behind this creative image. Very awesome idea!
Credits to: The owner of the image.
|> Bullet for My Valentine – Watching Us Die Tonight
This day, I finally got my picture with Good Charlotte taken during their live performance here in Manila, in Glorietta‘s Activity Center in particular. I’m so happy. I came all theway from school after finishing some important papers related to my graduation, and decided to go to Picture City in Ayala MRT Station together with my best buddy, Conte.
In this photo, I’m the guy next to Benji Madden, almost in the center. Look at me. Eternal Happiness~
It’s way too hot to go outside but that is not a problem with me, as long as I’m with my best bud. We keep talking and talking until the end, that’s what I like about him. We came from a far away area, so far from Makati City, and getting this thing wasn’t a serious matter for some people, but I’m sorry, I’m a GC fan for a long time now.
By the way, I would like to thank Ayala, PolyEast Records, EMI and Manila Concert Scene for getting Good Charlotte back in town. It was fun meeting them. To those kids who eventually gave me the chance to see them face to face, thanks. To Picture City for their warm welcome response earlier, thanks. To my bestbud Conte for joining in my journey, thanks. To Good Charlotte who keeps on inspiring both young kids and aspiring young kids, really thanks. To God of course, thanks.
|> Foo Fighters – Learn to Fly
Last Wednesday there’s my favorite band Good Charlotte hitting the stage of Glorietta and having my opportunity to see them and shake hands with them in person. Now, we have my favorite South Korean girl group, Girls’ Generation, having their 1st Asia Tour concert album launched in various music stores.
SM malls generally opens at 10AM so I came at that exact time and there, in SM North EDSA‘s The Block, Astroplus to be particular, SONEs and non-SONEs gather for the album launching. They also managed to have a public screening of some important video clips of the girls, including some fantaken videos from the said concert, as well as their music videos.
For P550.00, you have your copy of Into The New World Live Album, a big-sized poster, a random SNSD fan, some K-Pop photocards and a chance to take photos with those gorgeous SNSD standees. Originally I managed to have a Sooyoung fan, however a guy asked me if we could trade and he has a Hyoyeon one. Well, it’s not that I do not love Sooyoung, I’m okay with anyone from our 9 angels. I was just trying to be friendly.
Outside comes a mini-contest wherein you have to take a jump-shot picture for a chance to win all those SNSD fans. However, I’m feeling hungry, that’s why I went out and eat my lunch first. It’s so sad to go out alone. My older sister went with her highschool friends for an overnight swimming, that’s why no one can go with me. Sigh. Still, I keep on shopping a bit by myself.
I came back later on, and taking a glimpse of SNSD-cover group Nine Flames’ short performance. After that, I went home. Still, a great lonely day.
|> Good Charlotte – Where Would We Be Now (Troublemaker Remix)