Cody Kretsinger of the U.S. charged in Sony hacking

A man was arrested and charged Thursday in connection with the breach of computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment early this summer in which more than 37,000 users had their information stolen.

Cody Kretsinger, 23, of Tempe, Arizona, was arrested and expected to make a court appearance later Thursday in a Phoenix courtroom.

An indictment unsealed in Los Angeles charged Kretsinger with one count each of conspiracy and unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. If convicted of both counts, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

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Japan won’t let Sony bring up the PlayStation Network

Japan, home to electronics giant Sony, will not let the company bring its PlayStation network back online there until it convinces Japan that the game-playing network is secure.

Over the weekend, Sony started restoring network service, including to users in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East, after a massive security breach resulted in its shutdown for more than three weeks. The company said it is phasing in the network, and that it should be up and running worldwide by May 31. No date yet is set for countries in Asia, but Sony has indicated it will have a complete restoration by the end of May.

No matter: Kazushige Nobutani, of Japans Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, told Dow Jones Newswires that it will not allow the PSN back until it gets some assurances from Sony.

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Sony PS3 Servers Down as Outage Wrecks Havoc on PlayStation Network for Older PS3 Users

Sony confirmed today that it has had an outage for its PlayStation Network that affects gamers with older PlayStation 3 consoles.

The Japanese company apologized to users and said the network went down over the weekend because of a bug with the system’s clock. It does not affect those who have the newer PS 3 Slim models that launched last August.

The errors in the system include:

* The date of the PS3 system may be reset to Jan 1, 2000.
* When the user tries to sign-in to the PlayStation Network, the following message appears on the screen; “An error has occurred. You have been signed out of PlayStation Network (8001050F).”
* When the user tries to launch a game, the following error message appears on the screen and the trophy data may disappear; “Failed to install trophies. Please exit your game.”
* When the user tries to set the time and date of the system via the Internet, the following message appears on the screen; “The current date and time could not be obtained. (8001050F)”
* Users are not able to playback certain rental video downloaded from the PlayStation Store before the expiration date.

Sony says it hopes to resolve the problem within the next 24 hours. In the meantime, the company advises that you do not use the PS 3, as doing so may result in errors in some functionality, such as recording obtained trophies, and not being able to restore certain data. As you can see, this is a pretty colossal bug for the PS 3, with tens of millions of users affected. Sony will provide updates on its blog.