After a complete overhaul of their systems it seems Sony have brought the Playstation Network back online. The PSN relaunch announcment was made by Kazuo Hirai, (the President of the Consumer Products & Services Group) he announced that changes have been made to the underlying infrastructure of the PSN system such as:
- Added automated software monitoring and configuration management to help defend against new attacks
- Enhanced levels of data protection and encryption
- Enhanced ability to detect software intrusions within the network, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns
- Implementation of additional firewalls
The rollout of the new system seems to have started with North America and went online on a state by state basis. As for European rollout the official EU blog says the rollout is complete. As part of the new system users will be prompted to download a new PS3 firmware update (version 3.61) and then will be immediately be prompted to change their current password to a new one since the data theft comprimised all the passwords stored on the network.
As for the “Welcome Back” package Sony promised, there is little information available other than every user will get a month free subscription to Playstation Plus with further perks (most likely to be region specific) to be confirmed later.
At time of writing it seems that the PSN marketplace is still offline with no firm announcement as to when full marketplace functionality will resume.