Sony's Qriocity back everywhere except Japan

With the resumption, Sony has resumed almost all services forced offline by April's cyber attack

Sony began restoring full service on its Qriocity entertainment network to users in most countries on Thursday, a month and a half after the service was forced offline by a hack of its servers.

Qriocity and the sister PlayStation Network were attacked in mid April by an unknown hacker or hackers and the personal details of around 100 million accounts were stolen, Sony said last month.

The hack was one of the largest ever disclosed by a company, but the damage appears to have been limited to date. Sony said it could not find any evidence that credit card numbers were stolen in the attack, and widespread credit card fraud as a result of the hack has as yet to appear.

From Thursday, users in all countries except Japan should see full Qriocity service restored.

Qriocity links Sony's networked consumer electronics products and delivers music and video programming to compatible devices. It has two main components: Music Unlimited, which delivers streaming music to Sony computers, televisions and the PlayStation 3; and Video on Demand, which sends movies to Bravia TVs.

With the resumption, Sony will be close to fully restoring all network services disrupted by the April attack. The company has already brought back full PlayStation Network service in all territories except Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong.

Partial service is available in the three Asian countries, but they are lagging on full service because Sony has yet to get clearance from local authorities to resume operations.

Martyn Williams covers Japan and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams. Martyn's e-mail address is martyn_williams@idg.com

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Sony Computer Entertainmentintrusionconsumer electronicssecuritydata breachsonyentertainment

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?