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Subject: Sony PlayStation relaunch begins

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/15/11 at 5:05 am

Sony has announced that it will begin restoring its online PlayStation video game network on Sunday.

The phased restoration of services will begin in the US, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East.

The move comes more than three weeks after Sony discovered a huge security breach that led to the theft of personal data from millions of users.

The firm said its expects to have the network, including Qriocity services, fully restored by the end of May.

The restoration of Japanese and Asian services would begin soon, it added.

Sony said it had implemented "new and additional security measures" that would provide users with better protection.

These included increased encryption levels and additional firewalls.

"I'd like to send my sincere apologies for the inconvenience this incident has caused you, and want to thank you for all the kind patience you've shown as we worked through the restoration process," said Kazuo Hirai, Sony's executive deputy president.

He added the company was taking "aggressive action" to resolve the security issues and was making "consumer protection a full-time, company-wide commitment".

The company said it would be offering a "welcome back" package to users that included some "premium content".

Sony first discovered the security breach, which led to the theft of personal data from 100m online accounts, on 20 April.

Many users were upset about the company taking two days to contact the police and almost a week to inform those people affected.

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