Sony improving security AFTER Playstation Network Hacked

As any of you Playstation  (PS3) users out there have probably noticed or heard about.  The free Playstation Network Service (aka PSN) has been hacked and as a result Sony has been performing "maintenance" on it since.

Surprisingly enough, Sony actually admitted the fact that the network was hacked in a release they stated "due to an ‘external intrusion’ they were forced to take down not only the Playstation Network".  Sony hasn’t revealed the details of this intrusion and neither the company has given an estimated time when the services will come back online.

In Lieu, my Oblivion skills have definately improved seeing as I can't play any online games.  The Internet browser any network services that don't require the PSN work but if they do require the PSN they don't. 

Now this has me concerned and I'm sure others have the same concerns as this PSN stores all personal contact information as well as credit card information.  Sony sued hacker George Hotz a.k.a Geohot because he hacked the PS3. While that lawsuit has settled out of court, it looks like Geohot fans won’t be using the forgive and forget strategy any time soon.  Coming up on a week now  Sony’s PlayStation Network suffered downtime and was taken completely offline.  At the same time as few of Sony biggest releases SOCOM Special Forces, Mortal Kombat 9 and Portal 2. Very impressive and convenient (for someone trying to disrupt Sony's business).

It is estimated that about 70 million PlayStation owners use PlayStation Network to play games online, so just imagine the scale on which the inconvenience PSN downtime has caused. Sony claims that the PSN was hacked despite denials from "suspects".  I'm pretty sure I would prefer to hear that Sony Techs just suck and broke it, considering the alternative.  My credit card information being compromised by some hacker is more of a concern to me.

There has been several press releases from Sony stating the PSN will be fixed in couple days then ....blah blah(it still doesn't work) but here's the latest:

"We sincerely regret that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been suspended, and we are working around the clock to bring them both back online. Our efforts to resolve this matter involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure. Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security.

We thank you for your patience to date and ask for a little more while we move towards completion of this project.

In other words, seeing as they waited till after someone took advantage of vulnerabilities I'm sure they knew about.  Sony and the Playstation Network has been very generous and have offered its paying customers two options, take it and like it(no lube included) or leave it.