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Sony Agrees to Pay $15M Due to the 2011 Data Breach Class Action Lawsuit


Memories of past events can often be hard when it relates to the things we strongly associate to. When news was discovered about the compromising PlayStation Network hack that affected 77 million users in 2011. It left quite a stain on Sony’s image as it lingered like disgusting order that wouldn’t go away.

Many were quick to compare other companies such as Nintendo, Microsoft and Steam as better without a second thought. Some using it a way to express their systems of choice as superior when in comparison.

Sony has now agreed to play a total of 77 million to settle the class action lawsuit over the 2011 hacking of the PlayStation Network that saw the data of 77 million users compromised. This security breach proves that everything can be compromised, even companies as influential as Sony.

You can look at Sony agrees to $15M settlement here. 

According to Polygon, the settlement was approved by a judge, though the judge won’t rule on the settlement until May 1 next year. Sony has publicly apologized for the breach in May of that year and even offered PSN users free games. Even with that offer, it wasn’t enough as some consumers took legal actions. Authorities in the United Kingdom also fined Sony £250,000 ($396,000) for a “serious breach of the Data Protection Act.”

The Information Commissioner’s Office’s deputy commissioner David Smith said:

“If you are responsible for so many payment card details and log-in details, then keeping that personal data secure has to be your priority. In this case that just didn’t happen, and when the database was targeted — albeit in a determined criminal attack — the security measures in place were simply not good enough.”

Those who didn’t take part of the “Welcome Back” package— a form of a loyalty progrom — will be honored on a first-come, first-serve basis, subject to an aggregate cap of $6 million. Gamers will be able to choose two separate benefit options or two instances of one PSN benefit option.

If you did participate in the  “Welcome Back”, you’ll be eligible to receive one game benefit, a theme benefit or a PlayStation Plus subscription. Though like above, participants will be on a first-come, first-serve basis to an aggregate cap of $4 million.

In other words, it seems that once that cap is reached, and you didn’t act fast enough, you’re out of luck. So its best to be quick and be aggressive if you wish to sweep the benefits.

Qriocity account holders who did not have a PSN account at the time of the intrusions are eligible to receive one free month of Music Unlimited service, which currently costs $4.99 per month.

The final hearing, in which a judge will assess the reasonableness of the outcome, will be held May 1, 2015.

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source: polygon

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