Sony’s Identity Theft ProblemMay 16, 2011
It has only been a couple weeks since Sony announced its user data breaches, but it’s already infamous news. Sony admitted large-scale cyber attacks on its PlayStation and Qriocity networks, as well as its Sony Online Entertainment Site, which compromised the personal data and credit card information of roughly 100 million users. Now Sony has a lot of explaining to do.
How did Sony get into this trouble to begin with? For starters, Sony was using outdated server software with no installed firewall—a problem that was reported 2–3 months ahead of the security breaches. It also took Sony over a week to report any security breach—a critical time victims could have used to monitor and protect their personal data
In the latest news, Sony is offering its US users a free one-year subscription to an identity theft prevention service. Users will have until June 18 to sign up for the service, which will monitor each user’s ID for fraudulent activity, send monthly status reports, and will include a $1 million insurance policy against losses caused by identity theft.
The questions remain, Is Sony offering enough compensation for such an egregious security breach? And is Sony doing enough to combat hacking in the future?
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