Wednesday, May 18, 2011


Sony Corporation and Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) announced that Sony Network Entertainment International (SNEI) has begun a phased restoration by region of PlayStation®Network and Qriocity Services. The statement released on the website indicates that the  phased restoration will be on a country by country basis beginning in the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Middle East.

The first phase of restored services for these countries and regions will include:
·        Sign-in for PlayStation®Network and Qriocity services, including the resetting of passwords
·        Restoration of online game-play across PS3 and PSP
·        Playback rental video content, if within rental period, of PlayStation Network Video Delivery Service on PS3, PSP and MediaGo
·        Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity, for current subscribers, on PS3 and PC
·        Access to 3rd party services such as Netflix, Hulu, Vudu and
·        ‘Friends’ category on PS3, including Friends List, Chat Functionality, Trophy Comparison, etc
·        PlayStation Home

 The company has made considerable enhancements to the data security, including updating and adding advanced security technologies, additional software monitoring and penetration and vulnerability testing, and increased levels of encryption and additional firewalls. The company also added a variety of other measures to the network infrastructure including an early-warning system for unusual activity patterns that could signal an attempt to compromise the network.

 “I’d like to send my sincere regret for the inconvenience this incident has caused you, and want to thank you all for the kind patience you’ve shown as we worked through the restoration process,“ said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation. “I can't thank you enough for your patience and support during this time. 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.”


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