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Sony agrees to $15m settlement for 2011 PSN attack

Sony agrees to $15m settlement for 2011 PSN attack


Remember the large-scale attack that brought down the PlayStation Network all the way back in 2011? If so, you’re probably not alone. Even though it happened around three years ago, it still affects many customers to this day. The Anonymous-sponsored attacks lead to a loss of names, passwords, identity theft, and possibly even stolen credit card information. As such, a class action lawsuit was filed against the company. Due to this, Sony has finally agreed to a preliminary settlement of $15m, which may be able to appease most of the customers that suffered from this attack.

The PlayStation Network users that did not partake in the “Welcome Back” program that Sony unveiled shortly after their online services were brought back will be able to choose from two of the following benefit options: One PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Portable game selected from a list of 14 games; three PlayStation 3 themes selected from a list of six themes; or a three-month subscription to PlayStation Plus free of charge. Claiming these benefits will be done on a first come, first serve basis, according to the Washington Examiner’s report, and are subject to a $6m cap.

The settlement isn’t just about free games or services. Customers with documented identity theft charges are eligible for up to $2,500 per claim. Additionally, users of the old Qriocity service will be able to have a month’s access to Music Unlimited for free as retribution. Further, MMO players that lost time on their favorite games are eligible for a $4.50 credit that will be made out to their Sony Online Entertainment accounts. Sony seems to be trying to please customers that were affected by this attack by offering free stuff, just like when they unveiled the “Welcome Back” program in 2011, and yet again, it doesn’t seem like anyone is complaining.

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