Sony Corp. this week began the enrollment process for identity theft coverage to customers of the Playstation Network and Qriocity music service following an external security breach that shut down both divisions.

The AllClear ID Plus will be available at no cost to PSN and Qriocity users for 12 months from the beginning of registration.

The program includes cyber Monitoring and surveillance, priority access to licensed private investigators and identity restoration specialists, and a $1 million identity theft insurance policy per user.

Customers must enter the email address used to register their PSN or Qriocity account to be sent an activation code.

Sony this week said it estimates the restoration of the Playstation Store by the end of May.

The Playstation Store has been unavailable since an external intrusion resulted in the shut down of the PSN and Qriocity services in late Apr.

Sony May 15 restored the Playstation Network division in the U.S.

In addition, the service was restored in the UK, Ireland, Middle East, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico and South America .

Sony this week said that the outage related to the Playstation Network and Qrocity services will cost $171 million for the fiscal year ending Mar. 2012.

Estimated costs include a personal theft insurance program, cost of ‘Welcome Back’ programs which offer users games, music and videos at no cost, customer support costs, network security enhancement costs, legal and expert costs, and possible future revenue decrease.

The company expects to have service fully restored by the end of May.

Access to the Playstation Network and Qrocity divisions has been crippled since Apr. following an external intrusion that compromised consumer data.

The company said it is taking steps to prevent future attacks, including enhanced levels of data protection and encryption; enhanced ability to detect software intrusions, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns; additional firewalls; establishment of a new data center in an undisclosed location; and the naming of a new Chief Information Security Officer.

Sony in May will begin sale of the PS3 160GB Call of Duty: Black Ops Bundle, which includes the PS3 160GB hardware, a copy of Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Call of Duty: Black Ops, the Call of Duty: Black Ops First Strike DLC Pack, and a Dualshock 3 Controller at $299.99.

The Playstation Move Console Bundle includes the PS3 320GB SKU, Playstation Move Controller, Playstation Eye, and Sports Champions at $399.99.

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