The troubles caused by the April 20 hack into Sony's PlayStation Network seemed like they would never end. The company handled things awkwardly from the start, shutting off the network when it realized it had been hacked, but not making the breach public until April 22. After that, a long series of false starts and a few insinuations as to the culprit preceded the partial restoration of the gaming network almost a month later. Since then, Sony has struggled to get the service fully restored, but that's what it says it finally accomplished today. "Full restoration means players can use credit cards to buy games, music and get at other digital downloads," The BBC reported. Here's a timeline of key events in the saga that cost the entrtainment company an estimated $171 million.
April 20: Sony first shuts down the PlayStation Network, warning on its blog that "it may be a full day or two before we’re able to get the service completely back up and running."
April 22: Sony admits on its blog that an "external intrusion" had taken place, and it had turned off the service. Suspicion falls on hacking collective Anonymous, which issues a formal denial on its Web site. But on the Anonymous Facebook page, comments seem to indicate some amount of investment in the debacle.