Restart of PSN/Qriocity network on hold as more tests performed

Sony's troubled PlayStation Network and Qriocity entertainment network remain down with Sony saying it still had no idea when the network would be back online.

Sony last week said it was nearing a restart of the service, and reports from Bloomberg indicated PSN, which was shut down April 20 after hackers attacked it April 17-19 and gained access to the personal details of some 77 million clients, could be up by May 31.

But the company later said a restart wasn't immanent, and said it plans to conduct additional testing to make sure personal data is safe.

"As you may know, we've begun the process of restoring the service through internal testing of the new system," wrote Patrick Seybold, a Sony spokesman. "We're still working to confirm the security of the network infrastructure, as well as working with a variety of outside entities to confirm with them of the security of the system."

Howard Stringer, Sony's CEO, Friday apologized for the security breech, and for having to take the service down temporarily.

For more:
- see this Reuters report

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