For this piece of news, interpretations will vary.
Sony's latest update concerning the ongoing PlayStation Network outage has been posted at the PlayStation Blog , where we learn Sony is currently in the "final stages of internal testing of the new system." Now, that sounds like good news on the surface, but many will remember their claim that "some services" would come back this week…seems like they're a little late. Even so, we figure Sony should get this resurrection right the first time around.
In addition to this status update, it has also been announced that Sony plans to offer PSN users "free enrollment in an identity theft protection program." The electronics giant has teamed up with Debix, Inc. in order to provide all US-based PSN and Qriocity users with 12 months of coverage in the company's AllClearID Plus program. The cost? Free. You'll have until June 18 to sign up and Sony says users will start to see activation e-mails for the service "in the coming days." If you're in another country, Sony says they're pursuing other ID protection plans for you.
The AllClearID service features an insurance policy worth $1 million that covers the impact of identity theft. Sony will also "monitor criminal websites and data recovered by law enforcement" for users data; if they find your information where it shouldn't be, you'll receive a phone call or e-mail notifying you of the situation. You'll take advantage of that, right?