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May 14, 2011 // 5:46 pm - Today VP of Sony Network Entertainment Eric Lempel has announced that PS3 Firmware (System Software) update 3.61 is now released!

The PS3 3.61 update uses the same keys as 3.60, which can be obtained by dumping the PlayStation 3 RAM when lv0 puts them into lv1 space.

Download: PS3 Firmware 3.61 Update (US) / PS3 Firmware 3.61 Update (EU) / Guide on How to Change Your PSN Password

Additionally, Eurogamer has confirmed that PSN is scheduled to go live at 1AM (GMT) and Kazuo Hirai has posted an official PlayStation Network restoration announcement video (below).

To quote: We have been working on a new PS3 system software update that requires all PSN users to change their password once PlayStation Network is restored. The update (v3.61) is mandatory and is available now.

If using a PS3, your password can only be changed on your own PS3 (or a PS3 on which your PSN account was activated), as an added layer of security. If you have never downloaded any content using your account on the system, an email will be sent to the registered sign-in ID (email address) associated with your account when you first attempt to sign-in to PSN.

This e-mail will contain a link that will enable you to change your password. In this email, click on the link and follow the instructions to change your password. Once you have changed your password you can sign-in to your account using your new password.

We strongly recommend that all PSN account holders with PS3s update their systems to prepare for when PlayStation Network is back online. The release of this update is a critical step as we work to make PlayStation Network significantly more secure. Thank you for your continued support and patience.

PS3 Firmware (System Software) Update 3.61 is Released!

PS3 Firmware (System Software) Update 3.61 is Released!

PS3 Firmware (System Software) Update 3.61 is Released!

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#36 - PS4 News - May 16, 2011 // 12:44 am
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Quote Originally Posted by anulu82 View Post
up, but i cannot change my pwd, 'cause the store site is or "under maintenance" or "problem loading the page". it's like now a 2nd DDoS for Sony

Yea, this is what I read on it:
Email Password Reset Notice

Some of you have mentioned that you have not received your password reset emails. With the huge number of people coming back online at the same time and resetting their passwords, it is creating significant email traffic to ISPs. The consequence is that some of the ISPs are throttling the emails.

We are currently trying to resolve this, but in the meantime please be patient and refrain from submitting multiple requests. You will receive you reset email and be able to get back to enjoying your online gaming.

Also from the US Blog:
Update on Service Restoration Rollout

We’re currently experiencing an extremely heavy load of password resets, and so we recently had to turn off services for approximately 30 minutes to clear the queue.

As such, a large number of people are attempting to change their passwords at the same time, it’s taking longer than expected for all those emails to clear all of the ISPs.

If you’ve requested your password reset, please give it a bit of time to reach your email. Thanks for your patience as we work to get everyone back online.

#35 - Brenza - May 15, 2011 // 10:41 pm
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Right now we came back to a worldwide offline service!!!


#34 - anulu82 - May 15, 2011 // 8:24 pm
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up, but i cannot change my pwd, 'cause the store site is or "under maintenance" or "problem loading the page". it's like now a 2nd DDoS for Sony

#33 - GrandpaHomer - May 15, 2011 // 8:15 pm
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and rest of the Europe up since 9 PM CET

#32 - Thursday - May 15, 2011 // 7:51 pm
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any word on bypass methods that may work for 3.55cfw users?

#31 - ccenzz - May 15, 2011 // 7:43 pm
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Mail server not up, i didn't sign up.

#30 - Denida - May 15, 2011 // 7:24 pm
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Worked for me too, which is in Scandinavia (Denmark)

#29 - GrandpaHomer - May 15, 2011 // 6:37 pm
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BTW - UK PSN went back online over an hour ago - just in case you've not noticed ...

#28 - madmax69 - May 15, 2011 // 6:36 pm
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Am online now - Scotland.

#27 - Denida - May 15, 2011 // 3:43 pm
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It should be able to be varified through emails for those n your case, as many are in that case, myself included...