Nearly 2 1/2 months after hacker attacks brought its online services to their knees, Sony is finally about to restart them in Japan, ending, it hopes, a highly embarrassing and expensive episode.
On Monday, Sony announced that it would restore services to its PlayStation Store for games and other content and its Qriocity music and pic streaming site on Wednesday for Japanese users.
The company has already rebooted the services elsewhere in the world, including the U.S., where the breaches first occurred in April, affecting a total of nearly 100 million accounts. Sony later determined that the hackers did not steal credit card numbers, though passwords, user IDs and other data were exposed.
Sony estimated that the attacks would cost the company nearly $170 million to remedy, including strong- er security measures and freebies to lure back disgruntled subscribers.