After relaunching parts of its PlayStation Network over the past two weeks, Sony said yesterday that it would reopen the entire service, including the PSN Store, by the end of this week. According to Sony: "The company implemented considerable security enhancements to the network infrastructure, as well as conducted testing of the payment process and commerce functions."
Sony insists that the security issues that gave hackers access to personal data from as many as 100 million user accounts have been addressed. From Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation:
We have been conducting additional testing and further security verification of our commerce functions in order to bring the PlayStation Network completely back online so that our fans can again enjoy the first class entertainment experience they have come to love.... We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time.
Last week, Sony began rolling out access an identify-theft protection plan for members of the hacked networks. The plan includes a one-year subscription to the AllClear ID PLUS service.
Full PSN Services, including PlayStation Store, Return This Week [PlayStation Blog]
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