Sony settles 2011 PSN hacking lawsuit for just over €11m

24 Jul 2014

Sony has settled a three-year-old lawsuit over the hacking of its PlayStation Network (PSN) that saw millions of users’ data compromised. The company will offer games and subscriptions free as compensation.

The original incident occurred on the previous generation of Sony console, the PlayStation 3. The hacking brought down the entire network for several weeks, as Sony attempted to fix and plug any holes from the major breach that compromised details of an estimated 77m users.

After the incident, Sony offered a whole range of older PS3 games and PlayStation Plus subscriptions to those affected. Those efforts did little to calm the nerves of a number of California-based individuals, who sued the company and won their court battle to the equivalent of US$15m.

According to CNet, as part of the settlement, gamers affected at the time will once again be entitled to choose from a list of free games and subscriptions on a first-come, first-serve basis, but more importantly, will be available to those who had not availed of the ‘welcome back’ package that launched the original free games back in 2011.

However, the agreement has yet to be approved by the judge preceding over the case. Sony has yet to comment on the issue.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic