At a recent football function that Screen Play attended, television and radio personality Eddie McGuire had the audience laughing after wisecracks about the PlayStation Network security breach.It was a reminder about what a public relations disaster the April attack represented, publicised well beyond the usual gaming networks.
It was also a reminder that the incident is still hurting the PlayStation brand, although Sony has said it was pleased that so many users quickly returned to using the online PlayStation Network.
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Last week Sony finally offered the owners of about 1.5 million Australian PlayStation Network accounts free identity theft protection to make up for what many people thought was lax security.
The free identity theft protection for Australians followed similar offers in other territories around the world.
Users of the service who are over 18 and had a PlayStation Network account on the day the online service was hacked (April 20) are eligible for a year's free identity protection from global firm CS Identity.
Members received emails last week containing a free code to redeem the offer.
CS Identity's technology scours the internet for unauthorised use of your identity, examining criminal web pages, chat rooms, bulletin boards and file sharing sites to identify trading or selling of a customer's personal information.
Identity restoration is also included to help customers restore their identity if they are the victim of identity theft.
The data stolen during the breach included names, gender, addresses, email addresses, birthdays and login passwords for Sony's PlayStation Network and its Qriocity music streaming service.
Today I'm interested to hear who has taken up the offer, and whether the incident has changed your online behaviour in any way.
Are you now a lot more careful about the private information you give to gaming online service providers?
And are you happy with the way Sony handled the attack, including the compensation package?
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