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Playstation Network - Partially Restored!

Sony has announced that the Playstation Network Service has finally been restored mostly with the exclusion of the Playstation Store. If you may recall, the Playstation Network was taken down after the servers were catastrophically hacked into in which Sony claims that Anonymous is to blame for after finding a file on their server leading to them. Anonymous, up to now, still claims that it has had nothing to do with the their servers being hacked in what has been called the largest server hack in history in regards to how much data was stolen off Sony's server. Reports also stated that Sony is also to blame for these events as to having servers which were running on outdated Apache server software and no firewall on the servers in question. Along with the return of the service, a new firmware update has been released for the PS3 which is manditory to use any of the PSN services.

The following was taken from the official Playstation Blog:

"Thank you for your patience and encouragement over the last few weeks. As covered in the post from earlier today, you can now update the firmware on your PS3 and change your password. Kazuo Hirai just announced that we have begun the phased restoration by region of some of the services, starting with online multiplayer functionality.

Please note that these services will take a bit of time to be turned on and rolled out to the whole country. The process has begun and some states are being turned on now, so please be patient as we reach your city and state. We’ll be updating the map below as service comes online in individual states. It will take several hours to restore PSN throughout the entire country, so please keep checking back for the latest updates. In the meantime, now’s a great time to get your PS3’s firmware updated, which is required to get online."

At any rate, at least now it's possible to play Arcana Heart 3 online again for those of you whom have it. Those of you whom don't have the US version yet, you're still out of luck for the PSN Store is still down. Oh well......if you want to know more about the recent events dealing with this, go look on CNN or Wired...Anime Toshokan isn't going to backtrack to explain this shit.