Video games giant Sony is to purchase an identity theft insurance policy for all users of its online gaming service PlayStation Network.
The offer follows a hugely embarrassing data breach in which personal details of up to 75 million customers were stolen by hackers. The company has been unable to rule out the possibility that credit card numbers were also stolen, but has reassured customers that those numbers were stored in an encrypted format, making it unlikely they'll be used in this way.
In the US, the insurance policy in question is offered by identity protection firm AllClear ID Plus and covers up to $1 million per user in costs, both in money stolen by identity thieves and in related legal costs. Users will not automatically be enrolled in the policy but will instead be sent a special code that gets them a 100% discount.
Sony says it will offer a similar policy as compensation to customers around the world. It's currently negotiating with insurers in each country to set up such a deal.