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PSN fully restored in US, Europe after hacker attack

Sony PlayStation Network fully restored in US, Europe CBS

(CBS/AP) TOKYO - Sony is fully restoring its PlayStation Network in the U.S., Europe and parts of Asia after hackers stole customer data and sent services offline in April.

The Tokyo-based company said in a statement that services are set to resume Thursday in the U.S., Europe and Asia, excluding Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea.

Customers will also be able to download music again on their PlayStation3 consoles and PCs through Sony's Qriocity music service.

Sony shut down the network after a massive security breach that affected more than 100 million online accounts and embarrassed the tech giant. Sony said last week that credit card companies have not reported any rise in fraudulent credit card transactions as a result of the attack.

The network serves both the PlayStation video game machines and Sony's Qriocity movie and music services. The system links gamers worldwide in live play, and also allows users to upgrade and download games and other content.

The company says it has added "considerable" security enhancements to protect customer data. It created a new "Chief Information Security Officer" position amid criticism that the company hadn't been vigilant enough about online security.

The attack cost Sony $173 million, used to cover new identity theft insurance for customers, improvements to infrastructure, customer support and the investigation into the hacking. Sony is also hoping to entice customers with a "Welcome Back" package of free game downloads and premium services.

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