Well, at least they got it back online before E3.

After more than three weeks of downtime following an online attack, Sony this afternoon announced that it’s starting to restore its PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. Users logging back in will be prompted to change their passwords, just one of a series of new security steps that the company is taking in the wake of the attacks.

“I wish we could have restored the network services faster, but these attacks were serious and sophisticated, and it simply took time to install and test the new security measures across our entire system,” said Kazuo Hirai, Sony Computer Entertainment president, in a videotaped statement, embedded above. “We felt that we owed it to you to fully verify the security of the network before restoring our services.”

Bloomberg News reported yesterday, citing an anonymous source, that the hackers rented server space from Amazon’s EC2. This is an odd coincidence, but looking back, the Amazon Web Services outage started on the same day as the PlayStation Network outage did, April 21.

It’s not clear yet whether or how much the outage could affect Sony’s standing in the video game console market, where it competes against Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Nintendo’s Wii. Microsoft’s Xbox 360 again led the U.S. market in April, according to NPD Group data released this past week, but the PS3 also experienced growth.

Sony will have some serious work to do at the upcoming E3 video-game convention, in early June, to try to turn the conversation away from this outage.

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  • Guest

     Not coming on for me…All I get is the same wonderful ‘site is under maintenance’ popup. All I’m trying to do is cancel my account forever with the PSN after their major screwup!

  • Kevin

    Sony shoudnt have been such dicks when hackers broke the ps3’s encryption technology. I’m sure this attack was because some hackers got upset that Sony was able to suppena every visitors ip to a certain website. Every visitor. Even if you didn’t download this technology, they have your ip.

  • Mystic

    I can’t change my password from the pc, That’s crap! There is mutiple playstation players on ONE ps3 in my home and we can’t change our passwords whenever we are already having issues updating the ps3,GRRRRRRR

    • Ttuan97

       i know how you feel i got the the part where i could change password.. then it says server error…then i went and punch my boxing bag till my hands bleed

    • Guest

      I can’t even login from the PC, and I no longer have any Sony devices so I’m completely screwed! 

      • Ttuan97

        i know because here i did the update but when i try to change my pass like my friends did i get server error -.- sony doesn’t do shit correctly. i lost my lvl 45 3rd prestiege all that hard work-.- 

  • http://www.gizmocrazed.com Mightee

     i am waiting for the 4th attack on the networklast time the executives bow infront of customers, next time they will take their pants off :D

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