Sony PlayStation Network is Back Online

Sony announces that it has resumed its famous PlayStation Network in U.S and Europe and efforts are underway to resume it in Asia soon. The Network was suspended after it was attacked by hackers almost a month ago on April 20th 2011. The attack left a severe damage and led to a breach of data on more than 100 million users, the second-biggest online theft of personal information.

Sony boosted security for PlayStation Network and Qriocity by increasing the number of firewalls between servers and adding software to monitor intrusions and system vulnerabilities, it said. The company also appointed Fumiaki Sakai to the newly created post of chief information security officer, it said.

The restore is done in phases and still some of US states are unable to access. Sony says it will be restored completely.
Meanwhile, PlayStation Network customers in Australia and the Caribbean wondered when their areas would go back online. Sony’s Saturday announcement only referred to Europe and North America.

The company issued a further notice to PlayStation Network customers whose service had been turned on but who still weren’t able to access the network:

“Notice: If your state is illuminated but your service has not yet been restored, please be patient – it can take a little while for the servers to populate fully,” wrote Patrick Seybold, Sony’s senior director of corporate communications and social media, in a brief blog post announcing the resumption of PlayStation Network service.

Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Kazuo Hirai appeared in a video statement announcing the restoration of PlayStation Network services that began with an apology to users for the outage (video below).

“I wish we could have restored the network services faster, but these attacks were serious and sophisticated, and it simply took time to install and test the new security measures across our entire system,” Hirai said.

He also promised customers a “welcome back package,” the details of which would be announced in “the coming days.”

So, is the famous PlayStation Network is back online in your area? Let us know!

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