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BT scoops up Wales PSN contracts, elbows out Logicalis

BT has pipped Logicalis to be the preferred supplier to provide the Welsh public sector with broadband and other IP services in a contract valued at up to £420m over its lifetime. This is a blow for the Welsh Slough-based Logicalis, which from 2007 built a public sector network (PSN) for Wales - the first in Europe - to provide …
Paul Kunert, 08 Aug 2014
PlayStation Network

Sony claims PSN attack is a hoax not a hack

Sony has denied claims allegedly made by Anonymous that the hactivist group breached the PlayStation Network and stole over 10m account details, despite nearly 3000 credentials being posted online as apparent proof. One alleged member of Anonymous claims to have stolen a 50GB database containing millions of users' details, …
Caleb Cox, 16 Aug 2012
PlayStation Network

Sony starts taking advance orders for PSN titles

Gamers can now pre-order upcoming titles through the PlayStation Store and have content downloaded automatically on release - or ahead of it, with the activation code coming through on the big day. If auto-download is switched on, the console will come to life from standby and begin the download as soon as content is available. …
Caleb Cox, 21 May 2012
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Judge says PSN hack can't spark class action

The notorious Sony PlayStation Network hack, which saw millions of accounts compromised in May 2011, doesn’t give grounds for a class action, according to a US judge. The ruling, available from Courthouse News, dismisses most of the grounds for the lawsuit against Sony, which was first filed in June last year. The judge, Anthony …
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Capita and Updata ink £325m Scottish PSN deal

Capita and Updata Infrastructure UK pipped BT and a joint bidding team from Vodafone and Virgin Media to scoop up the mega Scottish Wide Area Networking (SWAN) framework gig. The nine-year contract, valued at £325m, involves building and running a public sector network to be accessed by up to 4,600 sites in the country, …
Paul Kunert, 17 Feb 2014
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PSN renamed Sony Entertainment Network

The PlayStation Network is to undergo a major rebranding this week when it is integrated into an all-new Sony Entertainment Network. On Wednesday, 8 February, PSN account holders will find their details transferred to the SEN, tying Sony's digital entertainment offerings together in one sensibly-named platform. Sony …
Caleb Cox, 06 Feb 2012
PlayStation Network

Sony PSN class-action lawsuit ban prompts... lawsuit

Sony is being sued over its insistence that it not be sued. The consumer electronics giant is the subject of a new lawsuit filed with the US District Court for Northern California, Gamespot reports. The complaint alleges Sony engaged in unfair business practices by seeking to prevent users from launching class-action lawsuits …
Tony Smith, 21 Dec 2011

Sony DENIES PlayStation Network WOBBLES despite gamer GRIPES

An unknown number of gamers have been kicked off of Sony's PlayStation Network, but the company is continuing to insist that its service is stable. Anecdotal reports posted on social media appear to tell a different story, however. Some customers are currently saying that they are being greeted with a message that reads: "the …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Aug 2014
PlayStation Network

Sony: all new PS3 titles will require PSN Pass for online play

Sony has officially extended its tax on gamers who buy secondhand PlayStation titles, confirming that all future Sony games with network functionality will be mediated through an online pass system. The company told Destructoid that the PSN Pass system will be incorporated into all upcoming Sony Computer Entertainment PS3 games …
Caleb Cox, 04 Oct 2011
PlayStation Network

Sony pains pre-owned game punters with PSN Pass

Sony has officially announced the PSN Pass, a network tollbooth for "premium" online services. The belt will tighten in September with the launch of exclusive PS3 title Resistance 3. The game will come with a code that will allow the purchaser to play online through PSN. Anyone purchasing secondhand copies of the game from …
Caleb Cox, 07 Jul 2011
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Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'

Sony is suffering a major Distributed Denial-of-Service attack on its network, the company's Online Entertainment boss confirmed today. It comes after The Register reported gripes about service wobbles on the PlayStation Network (PSN) earlier on Sunday. SOE's chief John Smedley coughed to being DDoSed in a series of tweets, …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Aug 2014
The Register breaking news

Gov pops lid on mighty £2bn PSN procurement barrel

The Government Procurement Service is setting up a pan-government framework for Public Services Network (PSN) and associated communications equipment and services. An advertisement in the Official Journal of the European Union says the framework is valued at between £500m and £2bn. It will be divided into 10 lots covering …
PlayStation Network

Sony tries to make PlayStation Network hack row go away with $15m in cash and games

Sony has offered a $15m settlement to gamers after its PlayStation Network (PSN) was comprehensively pwned, but it refuses to admit that it was at fault. In April 2011 the Japanese giant was forced to shut down PSN after hackers got into its system and pillaged user accounts for information. While credit card information was …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jul 2014
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Logicalis taps up Fujitsu man as services overlord

A former Fujitsu slinger has strolled into Logicalis to take control of the UK services organisation and provide local country head Mark Starkey with one throat to choke. At present, managed services director Tim Wadey, technical services director Mike Cummins and director of Wales Melanie Bishop - who runs the public sector …
Paul Kunert, 17 Mar 2014
PlayStation Network

Sony to sell PSN content over the counter

Sony says it wants to bring PlayStation Network games to high street shoppers, giving them the option to purchase the content over the counter without the need for an online transaction. The scheme is already active Stateside, with US retailer GameStop stocking tons of PSN content. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe's President …
Caleb Cox, 08 Mar 2011
The Register breaking news

PSN gaming network outage sparks DDoS rumours

Outage of the PlayStation network today sparked unconfirmed rumours that the downtime may be down to a denial of service attack. Perhaps the PSN network is just having a bit of a nap, but global problems in logging into the online gaming network have given rise to speculation that it is due either to a DDoS or hacking from a …
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2011
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Cabinet Office shakes up PSN

The Cabinet Office has created a new governance regime for the Public Sector Network (PSN) as the next step in its development. Work on various elements of the PSN, which is being developed as a 'network of networks' from existing commercial infrastructure to promote collaborative working, will be distributed among the major …
The Register breaking news

PSN hack triggers lawsuit

A gamer is suing Sony over the data breach in which the personal details of more than 70 million PlayStation Network and Qriocity users were stolen. Although Sony has maintained that there is no evidence of the theft of card data, a complaint filed in the Federal Court in San Francisco accuses the company of failing to protect …
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Agreement paves way for PSN services

A Cabinet Office official has said there has been an agreement for some of the first services on the Public Sector Network (PSN). John Stubley, the PSN programme director, released a short statement on Twitter that IP services company Global Crossing has signed a deed of undertaking (DoU) to provide the first Government …
Kable, 11 Nov 2010
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Sony 'actively thinking' about PSN access fee

The possibility that PlayStation owners could be forced to pay for access the console’s online network has reared its ugly head again, following comments by a Sony executive. In a recent interview, Peter Dille, Senior VP of marketing and PlayStation Network at Sony Computer Entertainment America, admitted that the company is …
James Sherwood, 04 Feb 2010
The Register breaking news

Oz minister ties privacy law review to PSN hack

In the wake of the deepening crisis over Sony’s lax gaming network security, Australia’s Privacy Minister Brendan O’Connor has hopped on the bandwagon, tying disclosure laws to Sony’s incidents. Australia doesn’t actually have disclosure laws yet. Last year, the government launched the glacially-slow process of reviewing this …

Capita splashes £80m on network biz Updata

Capita has coughed an eye-watering £80m in cash for fellow Public Services Network (PSN) provider Updata, as El Chan predicted months ago. The pair are already well known to each other: they have an alliance in Scotland and linked arms on contracts including the recent Scottish WAN project valued at £325m over nine years. As …
Paul Kunert, 01 Apr 2014
The Register breaking news

Sony: 'PSN attacker exploited known vulnerability'

Sony is getting ready to return to service some PlayStation Network offerings, amid ongoing analysis to try and identify the source of the April attack on its San Diego data centre hosted in an AT&T network facility. While maintaining that it has not yet seen any evidence that credit card data was compromised in the attack, Sony …
The Register breaking news

Amazon and PSN outages won't halt cloud revolution

For all its promise, cloud computing has taken on a murky hue over the past few months. Most recently Amazon's EC2 and Sony's Playstation Network (PSN) were both brought down through human error and malevolence, respectively, leaving developers and consumers to wonder if cloud computing is all it's cracked up to be. Yet no …
Matt Asay, 04 May 2011
PlayStation Network

Sony coughs to PSN update woes

Sony has coughed to a series of woes affecting gamers trying to pay for content on its PlayStation Network following a major behind-the-scenes upgrade applied to the online service yesterday. The new PlayStation Network Store went live yesterday morning and to encourage some purchasing activity, Sony announced dozens of special …
Hard Reg, 06 May 2010
The Register breaking news

Saved-game bug dumped PlayStation 3 fans in hijackers' sights

A potentially nasty security hole has apparently been found in the PlayStation 3 that allows miscreants to execute commands on a player's console if they preview a booby-trapped saved game. The flaw affects firmware version 4.31 in Sony's gaming rig, according to the Vulnerability Laboratory Research Team which claims to have …
John Leyden, 29 May 2013
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HM Treasury: Look at our SME-friendly contracts ... that we just gave to a multinational

Her Majesty's Treasury appears to be using smoke and mirror tactics to promote the government's wider SME agenda, after splitting up a major contract into multiple towers but handing the beefiest deal to a huge corporate. The coalition has made great strides to break the oligopoly of tech suppliers that hoovered up business …
Paul Kunert, 08 May 2014
The Register breaking news

Crap security lands Sony £250k fine for PlayStation Network hack

Sony has been fined £250,000 ($395k) for allowing million of UK gamers’ details to be spilled online by PlayStation Network hackers. The UK's Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) levied the heavy fine against Sony Computer Entertainment Europe for a serious breach of the Data Protection Act. Personal information of millions …
John Leyden, 24 Jan 2013
The Register breaking news

'Regular' PS3 gamers who've cancelled credit cards? You FOOLS!

The appearance of a Sony PlayStation 3 firmware hack will only affect hardware modders, according to a gaming security expert. Chinese hacker group BlueDisk-CFW has published a tool that circumvents the console's firmware. This was followed by the release of "LV0 decryption key." The decryption keys allow PS3 firmware packages …
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2012
The Register breaking news

Surrey council plans to SAVE money by switching to BT

Surrey county council has said that its Public Services Network (PSN) contract with BT will save more than £5m on its current networking arrangements. According to the council, the seven-year contract will replace up to 40 separate networks in Surrey and Berkshire with a single PSN. It expects savings of up to 20 per cent on …
PlayStation Network

Sony posts, pulls PlayStation Store update

Sony pulled its new-look PlayStation Store from the UK yesterday after a barrage of complaints from users. The firm has now postponed the refresh in several countries and reverted the Store to its old design until it fixes "teething problems". Those who installed the update say it was buggy, full of random crashes and had …
Caleb Cox, 19 Oct 2012
The Register breaking news

Sony posts PlayStation firmware patch

Sony's latest PlayStation firmware - version 4.10 - is now available for download, with the Sony Entertainment Network ready for PS3s from here on. As announced earlier this week, Sony has renamed the PlayStation Network in an effort to streamline all of the company's online services into one sensibly-named bracket. PS3 Aside …
Caleb Cox, 08 Feb 2012
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Cabinet Office unveils Public Services Network suppliers list

The Cabinet Office has confirmed that 12 out of 16 bidders made it onto the Public Services Network (PSN) framework. The pan-government agreement – a brainchild of the previous administration – is made up of managed telecoms services to "ease collaboration and communication" between various public sector departments. Suppliers …
Paul Kunert, 26 Mar 2012

Local gov broadband provider in talks with 'interested' bidders

Execs and private equity backers at broadband network service provider Updata Infrastructure UK are "actively" talking to a number of third parties who they say have expressed an interest in the business. San Francisco-based LMS Capital splashed £6.2m for a 53.3 per cent stake in Updata during the summer of 2009, in support of a …
Paul Kunert, 15 Nov 2013

15 MILLION dodgy login attempts spaffed all over Nintendo loyalists

Hackers broke into 24,000 Club Nintendo accounts after pummelling the loyalty-reward website in a month-long assault. The games console titan revealed that the sustained brute-force attack exposed the names, addresses, phone numbers and other personal details of thousands of its customers. Nintendo has reset a number of …
John Leyden, 08 Jul 2013
PlayStation Network

Sony snoozes over substandard PS Plus service

Sony's latest pledge to fix Europe's faulty PS Plus subscription service "as quickly as possible" will do little to appease users, who were told the exact same thing two months ago. The PlayStation Plus subscription is supposed to give PSN users access to heaps of additional content. However, many of these freebies, discounts …
Caleb Cox, 17 Sep 2012
The Register breaking news

Sony restores online VoD shop Qriocity

Sony will reactivate its Qriocity video- and music-on-demand services today following their post PSN-hack 20 April shutdown. The services will resume in all countries in which they had already been launched, with the exception of Japan. There the service will remain deactivated. Sony didn't say when it might return. Qriocity is …
Hard Reg, 09 Jun 2011
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Sony signs Voda as Vita connecta

Sony shook hands with Vodafone today, naming the network its "preferred provider" of 3G for the PlayStation Vita in Europe. PS Vita WipEout The 3G version of PS Vita - which launches in the UK on 22 February next year - will come with a Vodafone SIM card and a PSN voucher for a free copy of WipEout 2048. While Vodafone is …
Caleb Cox, 21 Nov 2011
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PlayStation Network to be flooded with freemium games

The PlayStation Network may soon be awash with free-to-play games, after Sony announced its interest in the freemium approach and keenness to tap into the casual games market. The company has changed its philosophy towards gaming and is now “open to any business model”, said Sony's US developer relations chief, Ted Regulski, …
Caleb Cox, 08 Mar 2012
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PS-PHWOARRR: We review Sony’s next-gen PlayStation 4

Taking the PlayStation 4 out of its box, my first thought was that it’s monolithic: the kind of object that 2001: A Space Odyssey’s hairy, belly scratching apemen would have danced around in worship. Sony PS4 Black monolith: Sony’s PlayStation 4 The console’s perpetual forward slant lends it an overtone of kinetic energy like …
Mike Plant, 27 Nov 2013
PlayStation Network

Sony quietly tests PlayStation Network revamp

Sony is developing a PlayStation Network design upgrade that could transform the online environment into a more image-driven layout along the lines of Xbox Live and Steam, Reg Hardware has learned. Many PSN users say the current PSN is far too text heavy, so Sony is now market-testing a new design that de-clutters the screen …
Caleb Cox, 05 Jul 2011
PlayStation Network

Sony restores PlayStation Network in full

Sony has announced all PlayStation network functionality – including access to the PlayStation Store – will be fully restored by the end of the week. While a few areas in Asia will still have features missing - namely countries with very protective regulatory bodies - those of us in the UK can finally get shopping again. This …
Caleb Cox, 31 May 2011
The Register breaking news

NHS orgs not keen on UK gov's mega-intranet

NHS organisations in England are showing a reluctance to consider future use of the Public Service Network (PSN), according to officials and a supplier taking part in its early implementation. Bringing healthcare bodies within the PSN – the "network of networks" for which the Cabinet Office recently launched the first …
The Register breaking news

Sony continues slog from pit of shame

It is now day 15 of The Great Sony Cock-Up of 2011™, and the Japanese giant finally has some good news. No, not that their PSN and PC gaming networks are up and running again, but that they should be soon. "Today our global network and security teams at Sony Network Entertainment and Sony Computer Entertainment began the final …
Rik Myslewski, 06 May 2011
The Register breaking news

Sony’s sorry saga snowballs

A week after a humiliating public apology for the insecurity of its PlayStation Network and Qriocity service, Sony has been forced to delay the restart of its online games services. Sony, whose officials had repeatedly bowed as part of their self-abasement for the service crisis, has taken low-key approach to extending the PSN …
The Register breaking news

Leeds' amazing cash-slash plan: BYOD and that cloud thing

Leeds City Council's ICT department is stepping up its efforts to help save the council money in the medium to long term. This will include the introduction of new IT asset management software and potential further development of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) options for employees and council members. A series of decisions are …
The Register breaking news

Sony's Thai website pwned by phisher scoundrels

Security researchers have discovered a phishing site running on Sony's servers. A fraudulent site running off the hdworld.sony.co.th domain is targeting an Italian credit card company, F-Secure reports. The incident means that another Sony property, in this case its Thai website, has been hacked. The incident is nothing like …
John Leyden, 20 May 2011
The Register breaking news

Buckinghamshire council seeks managed ICT deal

Buckinghamshire County Council has invited tenders for a wide range of managed ICT services which will be underpinned by the Public Services Network (PSN). The four-year framework deal is worth between £20m and £100m and has been published by Buckinghamshire on behalf of itself and local authorities in adjacent counties and …
PlayStation Network

Latest PS3 hack hits Sony with massive migraine

News that the PlayStation 3 has been jailbroken, again, is hardly a shocker. However, the latest hack makes Sony's battle against piracy a very tricky task, experts claim. While fresh custom firmware hit the web earlier this week, it's the leak of the so-called LV0 decryption keys which leaves Sony with a serious headache. The …
Caleb Cox, 24 Oct 2012
The Register breaking news

No takers for The Register PSN Challenge

Yesterday, the Register challenged all-comers to identify the person who currently uses the Pentium III system with the serial number 00000672000226FA025D71BF. Surprise, surprise, there have been no takers. A few folks have posted comments on the Register Bulletin Board pertaining to HDTV transmissions in the Dallas area (no, we …
Pete Sherriff, 11 May 1999