Sony says some services are resuming on its PlayStation Network, which was shut down after the theft of personal details of about 77 million users.
Senior executives, including Kazuo Hirai, the head of Sony’s PlayStation unit, apologised for the security breach which has prompted legal action and investigations in the US and Europe.
“The organisation has worked around the clock to bring these services back on line and are doing so only after we had verified increased levels of security across our networks,” said Hirai said. Hirai has been seen as a frontrunner to take over as head of Sony Corp from Sir Howard Stringer. “We apologise deeply for causing great unease and trouble to our users,” he said.
Sony said that although credit card data was encrypted and there was no evidence it was stolen, the theft of the data could not be ruled out.
Despite the security breach, Hulu, the online TV service, is going ahead with its launch on Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE.
The subscription Hulu Plus will be available on the Xbox 360 games console and Xbox LIVE Gold members will gain unlimited access to the Hulu library of movies and TV shows. Hulu Plus on the Xbox 360 will benefit from Microsoft Kinect so users can play, pause, fast forward and rewind by the sound of voice or the wave of a hand. Kinect for Hulu Plus will also feature a recommendation channel that doesn’t require a controller and suggests movies or TV shows.