Well, it seems as though something of what myself and others have been writing about has caused people at Sony to admit what has really been going on and come clean with how bad the hack done to them last week really is.
First off, a link to the press release detailing what I'm about to tell you, and that can be found here.
The press release confirms these tidbits: The Network is indeed offline on purpose. They are re-building the Network from the ground up. People's passwords have been compromised. People's account activity has been compromised. People's addresses, phone numbers, real names and birthdates, and e-mail addresses have been compromised.
Oh, and yes, while it can't be confirmed (bullshit), it is possible that credit card information has also been compromised as well.
So, the basic upshot of all of this is, is that the speculation I personally have been doing over the past two days has in fact not been speculation at all; rather I've been leaking the truth before they've announced it.
They are also providing a 1-800 number for those in the States to ask them any further questions, like how much money from my Playstation Plus membership am I getting back as a result of your overwhelming fuck-up that has the potential to allow hundreds of people to have their identities stolen? The number is provided here for your irate phone calls: 1-800-345-7669
Frankly, I'm even more pissed off that they took so long to admit the depth of the problem when they certainly knew from the outset exactly how bad things were. This just goes to show what those of us among us were aware of from the launch of the PS3: Sony no longer gives a shit about it's customers. You need proof? Follow the link provided at the top of the page, and read how they gently tell us they've given out our information by not using a secure enough service.
I'll be playing the 360, come get me when this shit is over.