Sony’s PSN Hacking Will Run Them A Cool $171 Million.

Sony’s having a rough fucking go of it this year. Latest case in point: the PSN calamity which has kept may a dork aflutter with video game website news is going to cost them $171 million.


In the lead-up to its fiscal year 2010 earnings report this Thursday, Sony today released a revised forecast — forewarning a $3.2 billion loss (yowzah!) — for the twelve months ending March 31, 2011. Having occurred in late April, the PlayStation Network attack and subsequent data theft and outage fall outside of that period, but the company nonetheless addressed “the impact” of the event during an investors call today, “since there have been so many media inquiries about this incident.”

“As of today,” said Sony, according to its call script, “our currently known associated costs for the fiscal year ending March 2012 are estimated to be approximately 14 billion yen on the consolidated operating income level.” That’s roughly $171 million — a “reasonable assumption,” says Sony — that the company expects to spend throughout the current fiscal year on its “personal information theft protection program,” in addition to “welcome back programs,” customer support, network security “enhancements” and legal costs. Sony noted that revenue loss from the outage and recovery, which also spans its Qriocity and Sony Online Entertainment services, had been factored into the cost, as well.

Goddamn. That’s a lot of Junior Bacon Cheeseburgers.