Sony Restores PlayStation Network to Much of Wired World

Posted June 2nd, 2011 at 6:05 am (UTC-5)
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Japanese entertainment giant Sony says it will restore service Thursday to its popular online gaming service in the Americas, Europe and parts of Asia.

The action comes more than a month after the service was shut down due to a cyberattack.

Sony closed the global PlayStation Network on April 20 after hackers gained access to more than 100 million user accounts, including credit card information. It was one of biggest security breaches in the history of the Internet.

The network links video and online gaming enthusiasts in live play, and allows users to download games, music and other content.

The company is offering several incentives to its customers in a package of benefits it calls “Welcome Back.”

Service to Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea will not be a part of Thursday’s restoration of services.