ON AND OFF AGAIN gaming firm Sony has begun restoring its Playstation Network online gaming services just short of a month after a hack forced them offline.
The firm started restoring services this weekend and began turning on big switches in the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.
On 14 May Patrick Seybold, the communications chap at Sony thanked users for their patience and encouragement, though where he saw any such words is a mystery to us, and added that users could update their firmware and change their passwords.
On the same day Kazuo Hirai, Sony Corporation executive deputy president said that the firm had been working around the clock to get services online and talked up what is apparently one of the most significant changes to Sony's online security - a forced user password change.
Hirai added that Sony, with the help of some third parties, thankfully, had carried out an "an intensive investigation" into the firm's systems and had added encryption, firewalls and an early warning detection system. He added, "Greater protection for information is our top priority."
The forced password change has apparently caused some problems, and Sony took to Twitter to announce that it is postponing that feature for a short while to catch up with requests.
It said, "We're expereiencing (sic) a heavy load," before adding, "If you've requested your password reset, it's taking time to clear all of the ISPs, so please give it a bit of time to reach your email."
Sony expects to get its services back online by the end of May. µ
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