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Sony's free ID protection offer extended to July 31 for PlayStation, Qriocity users

July 11, 2011 |  9:07 am


Sony has extended the cutoff date for its free AllClear ID Plus identity protection offer for PlayStation Network and Qriocity users to July 31.

The Japanese consumer electronics giant first offered the AllClear ID Plus service at no charge in May to protect users who were affected by a massive hacking attack on Sony servers that affected more than 90 million user accounts across the company's online services.

Sony has also been the target of a number of smaller Web attacks from multiple hacker groups that date back to April.

In May, Sony said the AllClear ID Plus offer would end on June 18, but the company extended the offer once before and now it's been pushed further to allow more disgruntled or concerned PlayStation Network and Qriocity users to sign up. The PlayStation Network is Sony's online video gaming service and storefront, while Qrioticy is Sony's cloud-based music service.

The AllClear ID Plus service is a product of a company called Debix, which Sony says is "one of the industry's most reputable identity protection firms."

The offer from Sony includes a free 12-month subscription to the program with "cyber monitoring and surveillance," "priority access to licensed private investigators and identity restoration specialists," and a $1-million ID theft insurance policy for each user who signs up, the company said in a blog post.


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Photo: The Sony PlayStation logo on the floor of an electronics store in Tokyo. Credit: Reuters / Yuriko Nakao