Sony removes exposed personal data, delays PSN restart

Sony has announced it will have to delay the return of PlayStation Network even further, after reporting details on personal data stolen from Sony’s database, and has been leaked online.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Sony has removed details of some 2,500 users, including names and “some addresses” that were in a 2001 database. The data were stolen from an old Sony affiliated website which held a product sweepstakes contest in 2001. “The website was out of date and inactive when discovered as part of the continued attacks on Sony,” Sony said. No credit cards, social security numbers or passwords were revealed. The website itself has not been revealed.

April 30, Sony issued a PSN press conference announcing to restore its services within a week with new security measurements, and bearing gifts as an apology for the downtime. On Thursday, SCEA was in the final stages of testing its new security system. But, a spokeswoman, yesterday has confirmed with Reuters that relaunching within the original time frame would not be possible, and there is no firm date for when its services will resume.

In a previous announcement from SCEA’s SR. director of corporate communications Patrick Seybold, “When we held the press conference in Japan last week, based on what we knew, we expected to have the services online within a week.”

“We were unaware of the extent of the attack on Sony Online Entertainment servers, and we are taking this opportunity to conduct further testing of the incredibly complex system. Additional comprehensive system checks and testing are still required, and we must complete that process before bringing the systems online.”

It’s also been reported that Sony is in considerations of offering a reward for help in catching the hackers. Sony execs are weighing the pros and cons, should they decide to offer a reward, it will be made in coordination with law enforcement.

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