PlayStation Store Returns ‘End Of The Week,’ Sony Facing Further Attacks

Hey, remember when Sony said the PlayStation Network would only be down “for a day or two,” and how PlayStation 3 users were subsequently unable to play online for nearly a month? Remember how after PlayStation Network partially went back up on May 15, how the company said that other services – like PlayStation Store – would see full restoration no later than May 31? Well, today is May 31, and the PlayStation Store is still down. This time, Sony says the service is going back online “by the end of the week.”

A press release posted on the PlayStation Blog didn’t bother mentioning the fact that Sony had once again missed its self-imposed deadline to fully restore online services. Instead, the company reassured PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, and Qriocity music service users that online features should return to normality by the end of this week. There was no definite date given, but I imagine we’re looking at Thursday or Friday, or – well, given the past month, I don’t think anyone really knows.

“We have been conducting additional testing and further security verification of our commerce functions in order to bring the PlayStation Network completely back online so that our fans can again enjoy the first class entertainment experience they have come to love,” said Sony’s Kaz Hirai via the press release.

The frustration level has to be reaching a boiling point for many PlayStation 3 users, as they have been unable to download any content – including pre-order incentives for games like “L.A. Noire” – since this entire debacle began on April 20.

Just as Sony is hoping to put this data breach mess behind them by restoring all services, another group waits in the darker regions of the internet, supposedly planning yet another attack against the addled electronics company.

LulzSec, a group most recently known for hacking the Public Broadcasting System website – and posting a phony “Tupac is alive” story – has spent the past few days making direct threats against Sony. On May 27, the group tweeted that they were working on another Sony intrusion, claiming that this upcoming attack is “the beginning of the end for Sony.” LulzSec has previously claimed responsibility for a recent intrusion into Sony’s BMG Japan website, and based on their most recent tweets, it actually sounds like Sony’s music division is at a greater risk than the PlayStation brand.

“You Sony morons realize we’ve never attacked any of your precious gaming, right?,” LulzSec tweeted today. “Do you know Sony does this thing called ’music’ too?”

Sony’s E3 press conference is scheduled for June 6.