Subscribers given free identity protection

Sony began restoring online game and music services on Sunday, following a cyber-attack last month that exposed the personal details of nearly 100 million subscribers to hackers. Sony shut down the services on April 20.

Back on the Web are nearly all online games, as well as game forums and websites. Sony has implemented tougher security measures to safeguard subscriber info; to further reassure nervous subs, Sony is offering them free identity protection service for a year, together with $1 million in insurance.

“Our main priority is the safety and security of our customers’ personal information. We are making consumer data protection a full-time, company-wide commitment,” said Sony second-in-command Kazuo Hirai in a statement.

The restoration of the PlayStation Network and Qriocity music services will roll out country by country, starting with the Americas, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the Middle East. Sony plans to have all services up and running worldwide by the end of May.

Sony also appointed Fumiaki Sakai, prexy of Sony Global Solutions, as acting chief information security officer. In this newly created post, Sakai will be in charge of strengthening security companywide, as well as scouting a permanent replacement.

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