Friday, April 29, 2011

Sony may Compensate Users For Playstation Network Hacks

Tej Kohli brings a good news for the play-station users. Sony may give users some compensation for the disruption of the play station network and Qriocity online services, said the company's US unit. Read the complete report on Tej Kohli IT blog.

Both these networks were taken offline by Sony after it found out they had been hacked, and the personal information of its 77 million registered account holders had been stolen. The company also fears that the credit card numbers and other personal information could have been stolen too, but an ongoing investigation has revealed no evidence of that until now.

In the latest post on its Play Station blog, the company hinted towards offering compensation. Tej Kohli brings some excerpts:

"We are currently evaluating ways to show appreciation for your extraordinary patience as we work to get these services back online," it said.

Users get access to the PlayStation network free of cost, so the compensation (if it comes) is not likely to be monetary. Some users do subscribe to the PlayStation Plus service, which allows them to play beta versions of the games and other perks for an annual fee.

The blog posting also said subscribers to Sony Online Entertainment's MMO (massively multi-player online) games "DC Universe Online" and "Free Realms" would also see something from the company.

"To thank players for their patience, we will be hosting special events across our game portfolio," the blog said. "We are also working on a 'make good' plan for players of the PS3 versions of DC Universe Online and Free Realms."

The latest blog posting didn't provide any updates as to the status of the PlayStation Network, the Qriocity service for consumer electronics devices, or an ongoing investigation into the hack.

It did say gamer trophies and game data files storied on Sony's servers will be available once the service is back online.

Tej Kohli is an entrepreneur from San Jose, Costa Rica who loves blogging and has a special bent towards the IT and software sector. Keep reading Tej Kohli blog for latest updates on IT world.

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