By Marcus Leach

Sony have announced that their PlayStation Network, that has been shutdown for over six weeks, will be restored in the US and Europe on June 2nd.

A massive breach of security was discovered on the network in April, prompting the computing giants to close the network to avoid further damage and loss of data.

In total the data of over 100 million accounts was stolen, causing massive damage to Sony's reputation and credibility.

Whilst a limited service, that allowed users to play games, has been available in most of the world from May 16th Sony are now in a position to re-launch the full service.

This enables users to once again use credit cards to buy games, music and other digital downloads.

However, Sony were unable to give a date as to when users in Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan would be able to use the full service again.

As a result of the security breach Sony have created a position of chief information security officer to oversee operations aimed at protecting users data, as well as revamping their security systems to prevent further attacks.

The attack, which exposed millions of users' personal details, passwords, and in some cases credit card details, cost Sony in excess of £105 million.

An apology package has been offered to gamers giving them free games, extra days to use premium content and the ID insurance.