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Sony Apologizes for the Break-in, Offers Compensation. What About the Stolen Data Dude?

Sony, Today announced that parts of PlayStation Network will be online this week and gamers will be compensated for not being able to use it.

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PlayStation Network, which enables users to play games with other users and friends around the globe and download movies and games over the Internet, went down when officials realized that a hacker has stolen the personal data of 77 million members of PSN family. Official did not announced the break-in until 22nd April.

Kazuo Hirai, Sony’s No. 2 apologized on behalf of the Company and said that a thorough investigation is taking place into the matter. Other reports say that Sony has taken FBI help in this regard.


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“This criminal act against our network had a significant impact not only on our consumers, but our entire industry. These illegal attacks obviously highlight the widespread problem with cyber security,” said Kazuo Hirai, executive deputy president of Sony Corp.

“We take the security of our consumers’ information very seriously and are committed to helping our consumers protect their personal data.”

PlayStation 3 and PSP, PlayStation Home, friends list and chat functionality will be enable later this week but users will be required to change their account passwords before being able to use the services.

So, how Sony calculated the compensation, here is how: PlayStation Network users are offered 30 days free membership in the PlayStation Plus service and existing PlayStation Plus service subscribers will receive an additional 30 days for free. Fair enough? I think No.

Sony did not talk much about the stolen data. What would happen to the 2.2 million hacked credit cards up for sale? And the address, and the phone numbers, etc. etc.?

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