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Sony's Playstation Network is up and running again, gamers across the UK will be relieved to learn, after the Sony giant shut down in the wake of being hacked.

As of Saturday afternoon, Playstation Network video download services and chat facilities were restored along with online gaming.

The Playstation Store is still out of action, though, will Sony warning that it may remain that way until the end of the month.

However, despite the PlayStation Network being reinstated, problems are still being reported.

Sony's PlayStationEU Twitter feed asked users to be patient, saying: "Please bear with us as we continue working on #PSN restoration. We are experiencing extremely heavy traffic."

Sony PlayStation Network down
7 million Sony PlayStation Network users' data hacked

It remains unclear what the hackers were hoping to achieve – some credit card information was potentially stolen fron Sony PlayStation Network users, but no reports of fraud have yet emerged.

“I’d like to send my sincere regret of the inconvenience this has caused you, and want to thank you all for the kind patience you’ve shown as we worked through the restoration process,” Sony games boss Kaz Hirai said.

“We are taking aggressive action at all levels to address the concerns that were raised by this incident, and are making consumer data protection a full-time, company-wide commitment.

“While we understand the importance of getting our services back online, we did not rush to do so at the expense of extensively and aggressively testing our enhanced security measures. Our consumers’ safety remains our number one priority.”

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