Sony: PSN will be fully restored by end of week

Sony says all of its on-line services will be up and running by the end of the week.

The company has obviously been struggling to plug gaping holes in its own security after hackers breached its servers, stealing the details of 100 million user accounts in the process, and the latest date goes way beyond the original May 31st deadline which was already seen by many as the worst-case scenario.

We know that the company's inability to reboot its Japanese servers is at the behest of the country's government, which is taking strident steps to assure that the gaming giant can't start doing online business again until it is properly secure, but there's no indication as to why Hong Kong and South Korea have been added to the short list of territories still experiencing PSN outages. All Sony will say is that details of when the three far east hold-outs will go back on-line will be announced as they become available.

Sony said it has, "Implemented considerable security enhancements to the network infrastructure, as well as conducted testing of the payment process and commerce functions," and has been slowly bringing phased reboots of its PSN and Qriocity services back into play since may 15th.

Online game play, account management, friend lists and chat functionality were restored on May 28th.

PSN and Qriocity customers will get a 'Welcome Back Pack', regional details of which have yet to be announced.

Sony seems to be hedging its bets a bit with the 'by the end of the week' terminology, which could mean normal service won't be resumed until midnight on Sunday June 5th.