By: k5 | posted in News & Stories |
Date: May 12th, 2011
On April 19, 2011, Sony had a security breach and approximately 24.6 million Sony Online Entertainment accounts may have been stolen. However, Sony did not publicly announce the security breach till April 26, 2011.
The stolen information include: name, address, email, gender, phone number, login username, password and perhaps credit card info, but added there’s no evidence that credit or personal information has been misused.
In response to the massive data theft last April, Sony is now offering its U.S. Playstation and Qriocity customers up to $1 million in identity theft insurance “AllClear ID Plus”, which include 1 year free subscription.
The $1 million dollars identity theft insurance will cover any economic losses of information theft on Sony’s network. Sony is considering extending the coverage to other affected countries, but for now it is only cover U.S. users.
On May 3rd, 2011, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sony Computer Entertainment America, Kazuo Hirai, wrote to the questions from the U.S. House of Representatives, Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade. Stating Sony will be implementing a new “Welcome Back” program for its users. This new program will include free downloads, 30 days of free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium subscription service, and one day for every day the network is down.
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