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PlayStation Network will go back online this week

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The PlayStation Network will go back online this week with a “phased restoration”, Sony has announced.

After being taken down by a hacker 10 days ago, Sony revealed the personal details of more than 77 million members had been compromised.

But the company promises to not only enhance security but will also launch a customer appreciation program to thank users for their patience and loyalty. 

Sony says it has implemented new security measures to provide greater protection of personal information after engaging information firms to audit the system.

There have also been new mechanisms to detect further unauthorised access and defend against future attacks.

The PlayStation Network outage also expedited the move to a new data centre which had already been under construction at a different location.

When the system comes back online users will once again have access to the online gaming network, the Music Unlimited service and movie rentals as well as the ability to access account details and reset passwords.

Once the system is restored PlayStation 3 users will be forced to perform a system update which will also include a change of the account password.

Sony said it is conducting an investigation of the security breach and is also working with the authorities to prosecute the hackers responsible.

“This criminal act against our network had a significant impact not only on our consumers, but our entire industry,” says Kazuo Hirai, Sony’s executive deputy president.

“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.

“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.

“Our global audience of PlayStation Network and Qriocity consumers was disrupted.

“We have learned lessons along the way about the valued relationship with our consumers, and to that end, we will be launching a customer appreciation program for registered consumers as a way of expressing our gratitude for their loyalty during this network downtime, as we work even harder to restore and regain their trust in us and our services.”

The customer appreciation program, or “Welcome Back” program as Sony is calling it, will include free PlayStation content to download, 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium service and 30 free days use of the Music Unlimited service.