Sep 1, 2011

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PSN Gains 3 Million Users Since Restoration

PSN Gains 3 Million Users Since Restoration

The infamous PlayStation Network outage of April and May is thankfully long behind us, and it seems Sony is recovering well from the incident. First reported by technology site CNET, Sony CEO Howard Stringer explained at the IFA electronics show that the PlayStation Network has gained 3 million new users since the outage ended. Sales are also reported as higher than they were before the attack. Stringer had this to say on the news:

“I’m pleased to tell you that the PSN is more secure and better than ever. We are aggressively expanding its content. We have more than 3 million new customers since the network came back online, and sales are exceeding what we had before the cyberattacks.┬áThis year, we at Sony have been flooded, we’ve been flattened, we’ve been hacked, we’ve been singed.┬áBut the summer of our discontent is behind us. The past is a prologue to future possibility.”

The PlayStation Network was brought offline on April 20 after an external intrusion by hackers targeted the service and its 77 million user accounts. The service did not begin restoration until May 14, with the PlayStation Store and total functionality taking even more time. While a few different arrests have been made in connection with the incident (see PlayStation Week in Review), the intrusion has not been resolved to this day.

[Source: Gamasutra]