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Sony Nearly Ready To Resume PlayStation Network Services

Sony will begin resuming some PlayStation Network services this week following a massive outage caused by an attack on the company’s servers.

According to a press release on the PlayStation blog, the company is gearing up to resume some of the features on the PlayStation network including gaming, music and video services.

The company was forced to shut down the entire PlayStation Network after hackers broke into their servers and stole valuable user information including user names, passwords and emails and presumably, credit card information. The outage affected more than 77 million PSN users worldwide.

Sony announced that it had done an audit of its entire network and had implemented measures to protect user information against future attacks.

The features that Sony will activate this week on the PlayStation Network include online gaming, access to music streaming services, access to account management and password reset, access to movie rentals, friend list and chat functionality.

“These illegal attacks obviously highlight the widespread problem with cyber-security. We take the security of our consumers’ information very seriously and are committed to helping our consumers protect their personal data,” said Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation.

“In addition, the organization has worked around the clock to bring these services back online, and are doing so only after we had verified increased levels of security across our networks,” he added.