Sony's PlayStation Store Back Online
After suffering a cyber attack that compromised information belonging to over 100 million users and left Sony's PlayStation Network offline, Sony announced that it has finally restored its suite of PlayStation Network services for customers in the U.S., Europe, and parts of Asia.
Sony's PlayStation Network went back online earlier this month, though not all features were available. Sony announced in a blog post published late June 1 that the final piece of the network had been restored and that users once again had access to the PlayStation Network Store, an online market through which consumers can download music, games, movies and more.
Users will still have to wait to take advantage of some of the offers Sony has promised as a way of apologizing for the lengthy outage and security breach.
"You may have noticed that the content promised as part of the Welcome Back offer is not yet live," Sony wrote. "It is currently in the final stages of testing and will be available to download soon; we'll be sure to let you know when."
The attack on Sony's network cost the company an estimated $170 million and has tarnished the firm's brand.
Sony executives have acknowledged that "no system is 100 percent secure," but the company, which suffered a rash of hacks following the major breach, has attempted to shore up its defenses.
The Associated Press notes, "The company says it has added 'considerable' security enhancements to protect customer data. It created a new 'Chief Information Security Officer' position amid criticism that the company hadn't been vigilant enough about online security."
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