Sony is preparing to bring the PlayStation Network back online during the first week of May after a major security breach forced Sony to shut down the network. In a recent press conference, several Sony executives apologized for the security failure and detailed upcoming incentives to make up for the PSN service outage.
Regarding the PSN intrusion, Sony admits around 10 million encrypted credit card numbers were exposed but found no evidence that the card numbers were taken or being used for fraudulent purchases. During PSN's downtime, Sony has put more security measures in place to better protect customer data and PSN. When PSN is brought back online, all users will have to download a firmware update and change their account passwords.
To compensate for PSN's downtime, all users receive one free month of PlayStation Plus service; those who already have PlayStation Plus or Qriocity access get one free month added to their subscription. In addition to the complimentary PS Plus service, select PlayStation content will be offered for free.