As millions of gamers wait in the wings, Sony's Playstation Network has still not resumed service, and may not for a while.
The company is in a seemingly never ending struggle to restore order after hackers infilitrated the company's gaming servers and accessed user information. On top of a massive data breach, the company's online gaming network, the Playstation Network, has been down since April 21 as a precaution by the company. Its music and video sharing service, Qriocity, was also illegally accessed and subsequently shut down. According a report from Bloomberg, service may not be fully restored until May 31.
Sony has not given an exact timeline, but said in a blog post that it is in the process of restoring the service through internal testing of the new system. The company said it is verifying the network's security through outside sources.
As you've heard us say, our utmost priorities are the security of the network and ensuring your data is safe. We won't restore the services until we can test the system's strength in these respects, said Patrick Seybold, senior director of corporate communications.
Originally, shortly after the raid, the company indicated services would be back up in less than a week. However, Seybold said Sony was unaware of the extent of the attack on its servers.
During the raid, hackers got access to Playstation Network user's personal information, including names, addresses, e-mail addresses, birthdays, passwords, and user names, as well as online user handles All told, 25 million accounts were compromised with about 23,400 credit card numbers stolen, about half from outside the U.S.
A few websites have popped up as a result of the Network being down, which inform users if its back up or not. As shown at, http://www.istheplaystationnetworkbackup.info, the simplistic website gives a simplistic answer.
Sony did not respond to an inquiry for comment.
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