U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal Thinks Sony's Response To The PSN Data Breach Could Serve As A Model For Criminal Hacks In The Future.

S. senator Richard Blumenthal has praised Sony's response to the PlayStation Network data breach, suggesting the platform holder's response "could serve as a model for other companies facing similar criminal hacking".

Blumenthal was one of the first politicians to question Sony about the data breach once the news became public, demanding the company to offer free access to credit monitoring services and identity theft insurance. Sony responded by pledging free credit monitoring services to U.S. users and a $1million insurance policy. A similar plan in Europe is still being finalised.

"I welcome Sony's strong first step toward protecting millions of consumers whose personal and financial information has been compromised," Blumenthal wrote on his official website.

"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 – but I would hope Sony would extend coverage over a longer time on a case-by-case basis if necessary.

"Sony's response to preventing similar attacks in the future could serve as a model for other companies facing similar criminal hacking.

"The crime perpetrated on Sony and PlayStation Network users is part of a larger troubling trend of cybercrime, and a reminder that our laws and data security resources must keep pace with advancing technology. I look forward to working with Sony and others in the future to determine the best way forward, and continue to urge the Justice Department to pursue the criminals who attacked Sony's information system."

[source gamesindustry.biz]