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Sony Restore PlayStation Network Services

Sony has announced the restoration of its PlayStation Network and Qriocity services following a cyber attack on the company’s data centre in California in April.

The PlayStation Network and Qricocity services have been shut down for almost a month since the attack on 20th April. User’s passwords have all been re-set and once back up and running across the world online gameplay across PlayStation 3 and PSP will be able to go ahead.

Sony, as you would expect following such a massive security breach, has implemented new and additional security measures that they claim will ‘strengthen safeguards against unauthorized activity, and provide consumers with greater protection of their personal information.’ So when you resume use of the service, expect some changes.

These include the introduction of a new safety measure which means you will need to update your PlayStation Network account password.

Depending on what product you are using, you can do this in a number of different ways. If you’ve got a PlayStation 3, update the system software to version 3.61 and then sign in to PlayStation Network from the XMB (XrossMediaBar) Menu once the service is restored in your country. Find out more at PlayStion support  

Otherwise, you can change your password by logging in on your PC. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes and if you’d like more help you can follow the step by step guide

Sony expects to have the full range of services fully restored globally by the end of May and have plans to launch a “Welcome Back” package of services and premium content to all registered PlayStation Network and Qriocity account services.

“I can’t thank you enough for your patience and support during this time,” said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation.

“We know even the most loyal customers have been frustrated by this process and are anxious to use their Sony products and services again. We are taking aggressive action at all levels to address the concerns that were raised by this incident, and are making consumer data protection a full time, company-wide commitment.”