US Senator praises Sony for response to Playstation Network attack

A US Senator who previously questioned Sony's response to the cyber attack that cause the company to shut down its Playstation Network is now apparently turning the other cheek. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Republican from Connecticut, posted up a note on his official web site that praised Sony's efforts after the cyber attack that has kept the Playstation Network in the Dark for three weeks and the MMO servers of Sony Online Entertainment down for nine days.

While Blumenthal and other lawmakers demanded answers from Sony a week ago about what happened and how Sony was going to respond, his letter posted on Friday commended Sony, specifically on its decision to offer free fraud protection service to Playstation Network owners for a year along with a $1 million insurance policy against identity theft. Tens of millions of Playstation Network users had their personal info exposed during the cyber attacks.

Blumenthal said, "While I continue to believe that Sony should have warned users earlier, I am pleased they are providing protective measures including an insurance policy to cover identity theft harms to consumers within a twelve-month window." He did add that he believed Sony should extend that protection over a longer period of time if needed on a "case-by-case basis."

Meanwhile Sony still doesn't have a firm date when the servers of the Playstation Network or the servers of Sony Online Entertainment will come back online. Rumors hit the net on Tuesday that online matchmaking services would be restored later this week. However, the latest official update on the Playstation blog site said that it will "likely be at least a few more days" before we get more info.

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