These are the kinds of things dreams are made of, a 14 year old hacker on Call of Duty was just recruited by Microsoft. You heard me right, Microsoft.
Although Sony may be restoring services on the PlayStation Network around the world, one country says No. Japan has not yet approved Sony to start up their online services until they have proven that they have taken the necessary measures to secure their network against another incident. Kazushige Nobutani the director of Media and Content Industry department in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry told the Dow Jones Newswires that there were two areas that require further explanation before Japan can approve Sony to start up services. They also stated that as of May 13th Sony was not complete in securing their network as they said they would do on May 1st.
After being down for almost a month, the PlayStation Network has started to return to life. Sony, has announced service restoration in progress for most of the world and services should already be back up in the US. When users try to log on to the PSN they will have to first download a firmware update to their PlayStation consoles before they can actually use the network. The firmware will update users to version 3.61 and will require all users to reset their network passwords which can only be done with the console it is registered to. Check inside for a video.
With an attack that has compromised as much as 100 million users accounts on the PlayStation Network Sony may be looking for more help. According to Cnet, Sony may be looking into offering a reward to someone who can provide more information on who the attackers are. The information of'course must also lead to the arrest and conviction of who is involved in the attacks.
There may be a 3rd attack on the way for the PlayStation Network which could keep the network down even longer. News of the attack came from a user that was in an IRC chat room who observed a group discussing the attack on the network. The group also plans to share all of the information that they have gotten off of the PlayStation Network with the public.