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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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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

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