Sony to pay $17.5m over PSN data breach

Last updated 11:01 25/07/2014

GLITCH: Sony is compensating victims of a 2011 data breach in its PlayStation Network.

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Sony has agreed to a preliminary US$15 million (NZ$17.5 million) settlement over the 2011 PlayStation Network data breach, which led to the theft of personal details for millions of customers, Polygon reports.

The breach in April 2011 resulted in names, addresses, and possibly even credit card details of 77 million PlayStation customers being stolen, and to PlayStation Network being shut down for several weeks. By way of apology, Sony offered a selection of free games to PSN users as part of its Welcome Back offer.

However, this wasn't enough for some, who launched a class action lawsuit against the company. Sony today agreed to a US$15 million settlement, which will see plaintiffs compensated with free games, PlayStation 3 themes, PlayStation Plus subscriptions, Music Unlimited subscriptions, and SOE Station cash.

Those who didn't participate in the Welcome Back offer will be able to choose two benefit options from those above, which will be honoured on a first come, first served basis up to an aggregate cap of US$6 million (NZ$7 million.) 

People who did take part in Welcome Back will also be compensated, given the choice of either a game, a PlayStation 3 theme, or a PlayStation Plus subscription until an aggregate cap of US$4 million (NZ$4.7 million) is reached.

Customers for Sony's Qriocity service who weren't PlayStation Network members at the time of the breach will receive a free month of Music Unlimited, while Sony Online Entertainment claimants will get US$4.50 worth of SOE Station cash.

Though Sony has agreed to settle, the case won't be resolved until at least May 1, 2015, when a final fairness hearing is held.


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