Sony expects PSN will be back by 3rd May

Reveals how it will better protect your data.

Sony expects to have "some" PSN services up and running "within a week from yesterday" [26th April].

That hopefully means PSN will be back in some capacity by 3rd May. But, "We want to be very clear that we will only restore operations when we are confident that the network is secure," Sony said this morning.

Sony turned the PlayStation Network off on Wednesday 20th April after it discovered user account information had been stolen in connection with an illegal "unauthorized intrusion" into its network.

Since then, PlayStation 3 gamers have been unable to play their games online - and some games have even been unplayable offline.

PSN has been down for a week already. If it comes back online on 3rd May, it'll have been down for two weeks.

"First off, we want to again thank you for your patience," communications boss Patrick Seybold said. "We know that the PlayStation Network and Qriocity outage has been frustrating for you. We know you are upset, and so we are taking steps to make our services safer and more secure than ever before.

"We sincerely regret any inconvenience or concern this outage has caused, and rest assured that we're going to get the services back online as quickly as we can."

Meanwhile, Sony outlined how it will better protect your data in the future.

It is enhancing security and moving its network infrastructure and data centre to a new, "more secure" location.

When PSN does come back online, users will be required to change their passwords.

Sony vowed to find the hacker responsible for last week's security breach that left 77 million PlayStation Network accounts compromised.

"We are currently conducting a thorough investigation of the situation and are working closely with a recognized technology security firm and law enforcement in order to find those responsible for this criminal act no matter where in the world they might be located," Sony said.

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