(The Hosting News) Amid growing concerns about the user account information stolen due the recent hacker attack, Sony has stated that will reopen its PlayStation Network (PSN) in a new, as of yet, undisclosed data center.
Nearly two weeks ago, Sony suffered a major blow to its PSN when the previously considered secure data center was hacked by unknown sources. Many speculate it was the work of a well-known hacker group, Anonymous, but there has been no confirmation of that fact. Hackers were able to obtain account information of over 78 million customers including: names, addresses and passwords but Sony reassures all customers no credit card information was compromised.
Located in an AT&T data center in San Deigo, CA, Sony has had a successful run with its PlayStation Network for nearly a year. According to sources, the new data center has been in development for many months with plans to open soon, relaunching its PSN at that time. New security measures such as including additional firewalls, enhanced encryption and automated software monitoring are a few of the steps, Kaz Hirai, Executive Deputy President of Sony says are being taken. The appointment of Shinji Hasejima, to the newly created position of Chief Information Security Officer seems to be a step in the right direction but much remains to be seen as services start to resume.
Next week, users can expect to see the restoration of its online gameplay, music services, chat and friend lists, along with movie rental services. Expect to see a “Welcome Back” campaign from Sony with discounts and free services as the company attempts to repair the damage done by the extended service disruption and lack of customer confidence in its ability to protect their personal information.