PlayStation Network Was Down For Close to 72 Hours… It’s OK Now, Though

Sony has issued an update over its is-it-up-or-down PlayStation Network gaming service, which is now “back online” according to the PlayStation blog. The blog states “PlayStation Network and some other gaming services were attacked over the holidays with artificially high levels of traffic designed to disrupt connectivity and online gameplay. This may have prevented your access to the network and its services over the last few days.”

It’s funny though, because Sony states that “The video game industry has been experiencing high levels of traffic designed to disrupt connectivity and online gameplay. Multiple networks, including PSN, have been affected over the last 48 hours. PSN engineers are working hard to restore full network access and online gameplay as quickly as possible.”

Well Sony… my PC has been fine, sheesh even uPlay is fine… and that’s an Ubisoft product. The Steam Holiday Sales have been thrashing gamers wallets across the world, as well as Valve’s servers without a single hiccup. So when you say “the video game industry has been experiencing high levels of traffic” you mean your services were hacked and played with, as well as Microsoft’s. Don’t put us in your potato basket, please.

Source: PlayStation Blog.

Obama Says the Sony Hack Wasn’t An “Act of War”

President Obama is once again talking about the hack on Sony Pictures, where he has said that the cyberattack on the Japanese electronics giant was not an “act of war” but it was a serious case of “cybervandalism.”

Obama was talking with CNN when he said that, adding that there aren’t any clues as to what his administration’s “proportional response” to North Korea might be just yet.

Source: Engadget.

Snapchat Secretly Purchased Smart Glasses Company, Sony Hack Reveals

Leaked documents from the recent Sony hack have revealed that Snapchat secretly purchased Vergence Labs, a manufacturer of smart glasses, for $15 million earlier this year. A number of e-mails from the inbox of Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, also a member of Snapchat’s board, discuss the deal, worth $11 million cash and $4 million in Snapchat stock.

Vergence Labs are responsible for a brand of smart glasses called Epiphany Eyewear. The black-framed glasses can shoot POV video, uploaded to cloud storage via WiFi. Prices range between $300 and $500, offering 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB models.

The deal to buy the company was thought to be hurried due to Vergence Labs suffering financial difficulties; documents show that Snapchat loaned Vergence $2 million shortly before the acquisition. Had news of the deal not leaked in this manner, it is unclear if and when Snapchat would have announced it.

Source: The Verge

Sony Hackers “Christmas Gift” Will be an Information Dump

It looks like Sony is headed into the perfect storm of holidays, with the hackers that have been all up in their internal systems promising a “Christmas gift” in the form of an information dump.

Re/code is reporting that the latest information dump, posted on PasteBin, reads “The gift will be larger quantities of data. And it will be more interesting. The gift will surely give you much more pleasure and put Sony Pictures into the worst state.” So, it appears that the hackers aren’t backing down, with a pretty big threat like that. The other issue is, no one knows who these hackers are exactly, as they are only known as “GoP” or Guardians of Peace.