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  (Source: trinigamers.com)
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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Sony has been shamed
By sudopinion on 5/20/2011 3:15:11 PM , Rating: -1
tHE aTTAck will not stop until Sony publicly apologizes for their unethical privacy breaches and contributes significantly to the opensource community framework for future gaming development. We are not sorry.




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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