Sony's recurring security headaches (week in review)

Hiccups haunt PlayStation Network after relaunch, while U.S. officials mull location privacy. Also: Is Apple ready for music cloud?

PlayStation Network

After nearly four weeks offline, Sony relaunched its PlayStation Network, but not without continuing hurdles.

The entertainment and electronics giant began returning its entire portfolio of online games, game forums, and Web sites to service last weekend. But shortly after service resumed, users started complaining on Twitter that it wasn't active long before it was unavailable again.

Sony said " extremely heavy traffic " was to blame for the service interruptions and said it had to " turn the service off for 30 minutes in order to clear the queue " of too many password resets submitted at once.

But that wasn't good enough for Japan--Sony's home country. An official in Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry said the government is waiting for Sony to deliver better security measures .

To add insult to injury, a new exploit was discovered that allowed hackers to change PSN users' passwords with the data stolen during the break-in to the service last month. The Web sites that allow PSN users to sign in and reset their passwords were taken offline briefly to fix the exploit.
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