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Sony Online Services Shut Longer Than Planned to Boost Security

Sony Corp. will keep some online entertainment services closed longer than it had planned to make sure its systems don’t fall prey to more hacker attacks, a spokesman said today.

The maker of PlayStation Game consoles is still enhancing security on its PS Network, Qriocity and Sony Online Entertainment services, Shigenori Yoshida, a Tokyo-based spokesman, said by phone. Sony shut down PS Network and Qriocity on April 20, and had planned to bring them back online May 8.

Japan’s biggest exporter of consumer electronics is still aiming to restore full service, including purchases of games, music and video, by the end of the month, Yoshida said.

Sony took down the PS Network and Qriocity because of possible data theft on 77 million users. Sony Online Entertainment, a U.S. unit that offers online games, also shut its network May 1 after discovering personal information from approximately 24.6 million accounts may have been stolen.

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