Sony Embarks on Total Playstation Network Overhaul

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 3:32 PM ET

Amid major criticism and heated customers, Sony announced Tuesday that the company will undergo a full restoration of the network that serves its PlayStation gaming system subscribers.

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Sony shut down the services in April after a massive security breach that affected more than 100 online accounts.

Upon the network revamp's completion, the company said, access to Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity movie and music services in the U.S., Europe and Asia is expected to be regained by the end of the week.

Sony started restoring access in the U.S. and Europe on May 15, and began a phased restoration of the service in Japan and elsewhere in Asia on Saturday. Video game consoles such as the PlayStation are effectively banned in China.

The security breach, first exposed by Nyleveia.com, apparently allowed third parties to change passwords on accounts by utilizing the user's email address and date of birth — data that was stolen from over 77 million PlayStation accounts in the initial cyber attack.

Users are still able to access their accounts and the PlayStation Network through their PlayStation 3 consoles. Only Website access has been blocked at this time, with a message saying "The server is currently down for maintenance."

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