Sony turns on PlayStation network for first time since hacking scandal

SONY started restoring its PlayStation online network yesterday, three weeks after a security breach leaked 77m customers’ personal data to hackers.

Sony switched on the network for players in the US yesterday, with other countries returning to the gaming service over the next two weeks.

The company insisted that it has beefed up its online data security since the hack, and is offering customers free premium content as compensation for the down-time.

“While we understand the importance of getting our services back online, we did not rush to do so at the expense of extensively and aggressively testing our enhanced security measures. Our consumers’ safety remains our number one priority,” said Kazuo Hirai, Sony’s executive deputy president.

Gamers and security experts had criticised Sony for its handling of the incident, which sparked lawsuits and cast a shadow over its flagship online gaming network.

The police are still investigating the hack, which Sony blamed on internet collective Anonymous, though the group has denied involvement.