May 31, 2011 at 11:24 AM ET
It’s been a long road to recovery, but Sony has announced that the PlayStation Network and PlayStation store will be returning and fully operational in America, Europe and parts of Asia this week.
In an announcement posted on the official PlayStation blog Monday night, Sony said it had “implemented considerable security enhancements to the network infrastructure, as well as conducted testing of the payment process and commerce functions.”
“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,” Executive Deputy President, Kazuo Hirai said in the press release. “We appreciate the patience and support shown during this time.”
Sony has been struggling to bring its online gaming, music and video services back online after hackers breached their network in April and pilfered the personal information of millions of customer. Sony began bringing services partially back online as of May 15.
Meanwhile, just as Sony was making this announcement Monday night, a hacker group going by the name LulzSec tweeted: "Hey @Sony, you know we're making off with a bunch of your internal stuff right now and you haven't even noticed? Slow and steady, guys."
Sony has not commented on whether the group's threats are real. And it's just the latest hacking threat designed to kick Sony while it's down.
Meanwhile, it’s still unclear when Sony will fully restore its PlayStation Network services to Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea or when it will fire up its remaining Qriocity servies. According to the press release, those details “will be announced as they become available.”
In the meantime, the full restoration of the PlayStation Network as well as part of the Qriocity services coming this week will include:
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