According to a recent post on the official PlayStation Blog the PlayStation network is back up internally, this means that it is being tested before the PlayStation Network goes back online globally.
The blog entry states that Sony is currently testing the new system internally, also outside entities are working with Sony to confirm the new network’s security is up to scratch..
At the end of the blog entry Sony once again apologised for the downtime, they also addressed the fact that they previously stated that the PSN would be back up by now, they say that this statement was made before they new the true extent of the security breach.
Obviously the testing period will cause even more frusration for PS3 gamers, however it is necessary to ensure that hackers do not compromise the PSN in the future. There could be further snags if the outside entities who are testing the PSN manage to hack it easily, but that is better than launching the PSN only to find that hackers embarass Sony once again.
We will have to keep you posted when Sony tell us more about the testing period and give us hints towards a live date. How much longer are you willing to wait?
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