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Playstation Network(PSN) back online now?

Playstation Network(PSN) back online now

PlayStation Network’s gaming, music and video services will be turned back on worldwide this week. The company took the PSN offline over an “illegal and unauthorized intrusion” that compromised personal information from its massive database of 77 million user accounts. Sony said that 10 million credit cards may have been affected by the breach.

After detailing a lot of the same explanations of “new security measures” and how Sony reacted to the hacker intrusion, Sony’s Patrick Seybold explains that PlayStation Network users can expect online services to slowly begin returning to normal. The services, which will be rolled out “regionally,” include restoring online gameplay, Qriocity music, account management, chat functions, and your friends list.

So when is the Sony PlayStation Network coming back online? This week, probably. At the same press conference, which was held at Sony HQ in Tokyo, Sony exec Kazuo Hirai apologized to gamers, and promised that the PSN would be live again by Friday. When the network does return, Hirai added, according to eWeek, it will return stronger and safer than ever.

The company will also rollout the PlayStation Network and Qriocity “Welcome Back” program, to be offered worldwide, which will be tailored to specific markets to provide our consumers with a selection of service options and premium content as an expression of the company’s appreciation for their patience, support and continued loyalty.”

While investigating the hack, Sony discovered that its PC gaming service, Sony Online Entertainment, had also been affected. Though the SOE breach adds nearly 25 million more affected users to Sony’s list of headaches, the company has not said how this development will affect plans to bring the PSN back online.

The company has created a new position, the Chief Information Security Officer, and implemented a number of new security features including physically moving their data center, all in an effort to hopefully avoid any further intrusions.

Sony, Seybold continued, “is conducting a thorough and on-going investigation and working with law enforcement to track down and prosecute those responsible for the illegal intrusion. And at least one analyst says Sony acted correctly by shutting down PSN when it did.

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