Sony decided to bring back PlayStation Network (PSN) online nearly 5 weeks after it was taken offline on Apr 20 following hacking by unknown persons. Earlier, Sony restored the PSN and Qriocity services in United States, Europe, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.
Sony will resume PSN services on Saturday in Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. Sony has not yet announced the date to reopen the service in South Korea and Hong Kong, where the company still faces hurdles from the government authorities.
Sony rolled out a mandatory PS3 system software update (v3.61). All PSN users have to change their password once PlayStation Network is restored.
Sony confirmed the "unauthorized intrusion," which compromised users' personal details including passwords and credit card numbers. The cyber attack brought outrage among millions of Sony users and blamed the company for its slow response to the attack.
The PlayStation Network is Sony's online gaming and sales service and Qriocity, which uses PlayStation network infrastructure, provides audio and video services.