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Sony Restores Qriocity Video Services Outside Japan Today

June 08, 2011

(Updates with details of resumption in second paragraph.)

June 9 (Bloomberg) -- Sony Corp. restored video services for users of its Qriocity entertainment network today after a hacker attack led the company to suspend the operation.

Sony will bring back video on demand, resuming Qriocity services entirely in all regions except Japan, the Tokyo-based company said in a statement today. Some music services which hadn’t been available when Sony restored partial access outside Asia a week ago will also be available from today, it said.

Since the April attack, the maker of PlayStation consoles has said it is also investigating possible theft of data on its site, Brazilian music entertainment website and Sony Computer Entertainment game operation. Sony said it improved security this month after the initial intrusion led to the theft of data on more than 100 million accounts for its online services including Qriocity and the PlayStation Network.

Sony fell 1.6 percent to 2,005 yen as of the 11 a.m. trading break in Tokyo, compared with a 0.3 percent decline by the benchmark Nikkei 225 Stock Average. The stock has dropped 23 percent in the past two months.

--Editors: Lena Lee, Dave McCombs

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