Sony’s PlayStation Network hacking woes continue into this week, as the company have been forced to concede that their online gaming community will be down for a little while longer yet.
“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,” said Nick Caplin, head of communications at Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.
“When we held the press conference in Japan last week, based on what we knew, we expected to have services online within a week. We were unaware of the extent of the attack on Sony Online Entertainment servers and we are taking the opportunity to conduct further testing of the incredibly complex system.”
Though Sony have promised increased security and a number of rewards for their loyal customers once the network returns (including a trial period of their premium PlayStation Plus service), many PS3 fans now feel more than a little jaded with the company.
A quick search online finds hundreds of forum threads relating to the hack. A Yahoo! Answers page asks the simple question “Will you trust the psn when it’s back up?”, to which the majority of respondents reply no. One respondent’s particularly harsh rebuttal reads: “No, it’s a Joke that they let something like this happen in the first place. Why trust a place that doesn’t care about keeping your personal information safe.”
[UPDATED May 9th 14.27 GMT]
Tokyo-based Sony spokesperson Shigenori Yoshida is quoted by IGN as saying:
“Sony is uncertain when it can resume the services.The company is in the process of adopting an improved security system and its plan to restart the services fully by May 31 is unchanged.”
A full 40 days outage, it would seem then.