Sony has agreed to settle a class action suit brought against the company over the 2011 data breach that lead to the theft of personal information and credit card information of 77 million users.
The class action suit concerned the April 2011 incident that shut down the Playstation network for several weeks. Sony apologized for the breach in May and offered PSN users free games in compensation, but some users felt this was not good enough and felt that Sony failed to properly secure its network against data breaches. The concern customers filled a class action suit as a result. In the United Kingdom, authorities there fined Sony $396,000 for breach of the Data Protection Act.
The settlement, approximately $15 million, hasn’t been approved by a judge but would allow the plaintiffs benefits such as free PS3 games, free PSP games, and free subscriptions to Playstation Plus, among other benefits.
Sony has responded to this ruling, denying the allegations in the class action that they failed to properly secure their network against hacking and other data breaches.