More than a month since Sony announced that attackers had infiltrated its PlayStation Network servers and compromised personal information belonging to over 100 million users, some PlayStation Network services remain offline, even though Sony started restoring access to its gaming system more than two weeks ago.
Sony now hopes to finally put the ordeal behind it and give its users access to all of the features they've been doing without.
The company promised in a blog post that all PlayStation Network services, including the PlayStation Store, Qriocity's Music Unlimited, and in-game purchases, would be "fully" restored "by the end of the week." Unless all of the services are restored by the end of the day Tuesday, Sony may miss its own deadline: the AP wrote that the company had previously promised to "fully restore its PlayStation Network" by the end of the month of May.
Per Sony's post, users in the Americas and Europe will see all PlayStation Network services restored before the end of this week, as will users in Asia, though not those in Japan, Hong Kong, or South Korea.
"The company implemented considerable security enhancements to the network infrastructure, as well as conducted testing of the payment process and commerce functions," Sony wrote in its post.
It remains to be see whether the new defenses will be enough to keep out cyber attackers, who have successfully hacked Sony sites on numerous occasions over the past several weeks. Information belonging to some 2,000 users was compromised in a hack that targeted the Sony Ericsson Canada website. The Sony BMG Greece music website also suffered a cyber attack.