Promise of 'Welcome Back' gift as final part of PlayStation Network returns following disastrous hacker attack.

This article titled “Sony PlayStation Store back online” was written by Josh Halliday, for guardian.co.uk on Thursday 2nd June 2011 10.49 UTC

Sony’s PlayStation Store has limped back to life in Europe and the US six weeks after the devastating hacker attack that hit more than 100 million gamers.

The Japanese electronics giant confirmed on Thursday that it has restored access to the PlayStation Store in all markets except Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan.

Sony was forced to shut down its PlayStation Network on 20 April after the attack, considered the biggest in internet history. Computer hackers broke into the PlayStation Network and stole personal data – including names, email addresses and some credit card numbers – relating to about 100 million online gamers.

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