Sony sets service restoration

Japan, HK, Korea subscribers must wait

Sony will fully restore PlayStation Network and Qriocity services in the Americas, Europe and much of Asia by the end of the week, the company announced Tuesday.

Subscribers in Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea will still have to wait, however.

Following hacker attacks in April that exposed the personal data of nearly 100 million subscribers and forced the closure of the services, Sony has beefed up site security, including stronger firewall and password protection, and, starting on May 15, began partial restoration of services in the Americas and Europe, with Asia, including Japan, following on May 28. Full functionality has returned to PlayStation Store, Qriocity’s Music Unlimited and Media Go services. Also customers are now able to do in-game deals, as well as redeem vouchers and codes.

To lure back customers, Sony will offer free packages of premium content and services, with details to be announced. The site breaches, which have continued in a steady drip-drip since the first in April, are expected to cost Sony about $170 million this fiscal year.

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