Sony on the road to recovery, at least for PSN service

Hey fellow USF Students! Sony may never be able to recover from the blow to their reputation after hackers took PlaystationNetwork (PSN) offline and may have stolen millions of users’ personal info, but at least the network is almost back online — a comfort for anyone who hasn’t switched to Xbox LIVE in the process.

Despite having issues since April 17, when a security breach occurred, it took Sony until the end of April to officially notify users — this blogger’s email came April 28.

According to the email: “We have discovered that between April 17 and April 19, 2011, certain PlayStation Network and Qriocity service user account information was compromised in connection with an illegal and unauthorized intrusion into our network.”

Sony has since stated that PSN should be up by the end of the week, after nearly two weeks of absence, but it will take more than increased security — which they’ve assured to users — and a bow of apology to earn back the trust they had and any consumers who may have made the shift to Microsoft.

U.S. lawmakers demanded answers from Sony about the security breach and how they expect to handle it and after an announcement Monday that an additional 24.6 million additional PSN users may have had their information compromised, pressure on Howard Stringer, Sony’s chief executive,  to quit has risen.

There’s also a proposed class action lawsuit against the company from Toronto on behalf of the Canadian’s affected by the security breach.

But I guess that’s what happens when, instead of offering online play for Killzone and Mortal Kombat improperly secure millions of users’ personal information.

In the wake of the fiasco, Sony has planned a “Welcome Back” package for PSN and Qriocity users, which will include a free 30-day trial of PlayStation Plus and free entertainment, content, though the specific for each region are still unknown.

In the meantime, the FBI has joined Sony in attempts to indentify the hackers who originally broke into the system.

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