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Sony Begins Compensation for 2011 Hack

Posted January 25, 2015 by Kat in News

Back in 2011 Sony suffered what is now remembered as a rather infamous hack that, among other things, brought the PlayStation Network down for a month and compromised some 70 million accounts.  And now, with a $15 million settlement that was made with Sony last year, the company is reaching out to US users in order to make compensation.

Any user who had an account with the PlayStation Network, Qriocity, or Sony Online Entertainment prior to May 15, 2011 may qualify and can request documents via their website

Sony’s official description for this includes:

  • Payment equal to paid wallet balances (if $2 or more) in PSN or SOE accounts that have been inactive since the intrusions.
  • One or more of the following: a free PS3 or PSP game, three free PS3 themes, or a free three-month subscription to PlayStation Plus (once valid claims exceed $10 million, class members will still be eligible for one free month of PlayStation Plus).
  • A free month of Music Unlimited for Qriocity account holders who did not have a PSN account.
  • $4.50 in SOE Station Cash (amounts will be reduced proportionally if valid claims exceed $4 million).

What compensation is given will vary according the type of account(s) an individual had.  They will also offer reimbursement for identity theft up to $2,500 provided the individual can provide documentation proving that the theft was a direct result of the hack.

Forms for submission can also be requested via Sony’s Claims Administration by writing to PSN-SOE Settlement, PO Box 1947, Faribault, MN 55021″ or calling 1-877-552-1284.

The court will hold a Fairness Hearing May 1 of this year, and claim submissions must be in by August 31, 2015.

Source: GameSpot

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Kat aspires to be the ultimate crazy cat lady. But until that day comes, she remains faithfully committed to her PS3 and Wii, and spends far too much time online arguing about Star Trek. She can also occasionally be found posting under the pseudonym AmaltheaElanor.

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