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Sony hopes to have the network restored worldwide by the end of May

Sony has had nothing but problems over the last month, but the electronics manufacturer has announced that it may finally resume the U.S. PlayStation Network on Tuesday.

On April 20 of this year, the PlayStation Network (PSN), which is Sony's online gaming service for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable that offers online multiplayer gaming and digital media delivery, went offline after a massive security breach compromised the personal information of millions of users. Sony announced the breach on April 26, and revealed in early May that 10 million users' credit card numbers were stolen and put up for sale on the internet.

Unsurprisingly, PSN users grew frustrated, and many customers around the world started exchanging their PS3's for Xbox 360's. They even changed pre-ordered PS3 titles for Xbox 360 versions.

On May 14, Sony began the PSN restoration process and allowed users to go online to change passwords and update personal information. But a few days later, users found a loophole in the password recovery functionality on the site. They found that a new hack was changing user passwords using only e-mails and date of birth, which were probably obtained in the original hack. Sony, once again, put PSN offline.

Now, Sony has announced that it hopes to once again resume the U.S. PSN by Tuesday. But Yoshiko Uchiyama, a Sony spokeswoman, noted that full restoration of PSN services worldwide will probably not be complete until the end of May.

In an attempt to reward PSN users for their patience through all of this, Sony is offering an apology via the "Welcome Back" Customer Appreciation Program, which offers certain free games and movie titles to PS3 and PSP users as well as temporary premium subscriptions for free.

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PSN is offline?
By Paulywogstew on 5/20/2011 2:39:30 PM , Rating: 4
Perhaps you got some facts wrong about the Playstation Network being down? I reset my password the day it went back online and there service is working today as I speak I'm logged into the network and able to play COD:BO right now online. Maybe there password reset part is offline or something?

RE: PSN is offline?
By threepac3 on 5/20/2011 2:54:44 PM , Rating: 1
It isn't up worldwide.

RE: PSN is offline?
By Paulywogstew on 5/20/2011 2:57:30 PM , Rating: 5
Ah so the article is just generic and has no real investigation to confirm that the network is indeed up in certain countries but not worldwide.

RE: PSN is offline?
By corduroygt on 5/20/2011 2:58:36 PM , Rating: 4
It's up everywhere except Japan.
The store is coming back this Tuesday.

RE: PSN is offline?
By Paulywogstew on 5/20/2011 3:04:21 PM , Rating: 4
Ah so instead of PSN down Tiffany should of said the Store part of the network is down and in Japan the entire network is still down until the Japanese Government deems it safe to turn back on for its citizens? Somebody needs a editor and fact checker.

RE: PSN is offline?
By CZroe on 5/20/2011 6:58:38 PM , Rating: 1
Sounds like you could as well. "Should of?!" "A editor?!" ;)

RE: PSN is offline?
By Paulywogstew on 5/20/2011 7:14:15 PM , Rating: 3
Ohhhhh damn you so got me. Grammar nazi strikes again. I'm still right though and your still pathetic

RE: PSN is offline?
By abscode on 5/21/2011 1:52:33 AM , Rating: 5
You're. ;)

RE: PSN is offline?
By Paulywogstew on 5/21/2011 4:45:30 AM , Rating: 2
LOL okay you got me there.

RE: PSN is offline?
By CZroe on 5/24/2011 11:46:00 AM , Rating: 2
Hey! I used the winking smiley too and yet you get upvoted to 5 and I get down-voted. Ah well. No man understands the ways of the community.

RE: PSN is offline?
By TakinYourPoints on 5/21/2011 1:03:25 PM , Rating: 2
Typical DailyTech

RE: PSN is offline?
By Bonesdad on 5/20/2011 6:12:57 PM , Rating: 3
Also this article seems to state the theft of 10 million CC numbers as a fact, when I don't believe anyone knows for sure...or have I missed something?

seems like....
By inperfectdarkness on 5/20/2011 8:01:10 PM , Rating: 2
this would be the perfect opportunity for nintendo to bust out a major PR announcement about an upcoming debut for an online service for its wii/wii2.

RE: seems like....
By DNAgent on 5/21/2011 8:40:55 PM , Rating: 3
...or maybe time for Microsoft to announce it's giving away free 360s with every back-to-school computer purchase?

Can't blame MS for twisting the knife, esp. with so many people already trading in PS3 systems.

By icanhascpu on 5/20/2011 2:06:58 PM , Rating: 2
*more tumbleweeds*

Black Ops
By cjohnson2136 on 5/20/2011 2:08:40 PM , Rating: 2
That sucks cause Treyarch announced a Double XP for PS3 for this weekend. As a welcome home present.

Option to change our PSN ID?
By m0mentary on 5/20/2011 3:45:57 PM , Rating: 2
Id probably take that over a free game at this point.

By thesafetyisoff on 5/21/2011 3:08:38 AM , Rating: 2
Been waiting for weeks. Sony should make it free.

Free Stuff
By Sunagwa on 5/21/2011 12:35:56 PM , Rating: 2
I just want to know when I can get my free games. Been eager to check out Infamous. 8)

Sony has been shamed
By sudopinion on 5/20/11, Rating: -1
RE: Sony has been shamed
By JakLee on 5/20/2011 4:22:42 PM , Rating: 3
wE are not convinced that this had anything to do with that. wE will continue to monitor the situation and reactive with sceptisism until proven otherwise. wE are not concerned with your appology (or lack thereof).

RE: Sony has been shamed
By Chaser on 5/21/2011 12:52:20 AM , Rating: 3
And you couldn't hack a cough. Put on your tin foil hat on and crawl back under your rock.

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