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Sony Begins Partial PlayStation Network Operation

Sony began restoring its PlayStation Network service in the United States and Europe today after shutting down the service almost a month ago due to a massive security breach affecting over 100 million online accounts.

Sony's PlayStation network is a system that links gamers worldwide in live play. Sony shut it down on April 20 after discovering a hacker attack.

Sony said personal data, including credit card numbers, may have been stolen. But the company said today it had not received any reports of the stolen information being used illegally.

The network serves both the PlayStation video game machines and Sony's Qriocity movie and music services.

It is a system that also allows users to upgrade and download games and other content.

compiled from agency reports