PSN hack triggers lawsuit
Sony sued over data loss
A gamer is suing Sony over the data breach in which the personal details of more than 70 million PlayStation Network and Qriocity users were stolen.
Although Sony has maintained that there is no evidence of the theft of card data, a complaint filed in the Federal Court in San Francisco accuses the company of failing to protect user data.
The breach has resulted in the gaming network being closed since 20 April. Sony has admitted that extensive amounts of sensitive personal data was compromised, including names, email addresses, birthdates, login data and purchase history.
Alabama resident Kristopher Johns, plaintiff in the complaint, is seeking to represent all affected users. The lawsuit seeks reimbursement for any losses that may result from the theft of credit card data, refunds for services, and punitive damages.
According to Information Week, the lawsuit says that Sony "failed to provide prompt and adequate warnings of security breaches, and unreasonably delayed in bringing the PSN service back on line".
Johns also accuses Sony of not complying with the credit card industry’s PCI standard. ®
It's truly amazing that 'tards are actually defending Sony over this. Apparently it's okay to let the personal data of 70 million people - more than the population of the UK - get stolen by some hacker.
If this were the government you'd be bitching all up the walls about it.
So you think it's acceptable for Sony to have stored the entirety of it's customers personal data, including passwords and credit card details, in an unencrypted format on a network hacked by some kid in his basement/some guy from Anonymous? Wow.
PCI Should act...
...and ban Sony from online card payments until they have passed a full and in depth audit.
That is what a company I worked for were threatened with when they discovered a system they had inherited was wide open. Even though the site was immediately taken down.
I suspect that the PCI will do fuck all though, Sony are too big to be dealt with according to their own rules.
...It's the only language that Sony understand.
For one - they were warned about the crappy security last year, but instead of doing anything about it they just unleashed the lawyers. Not good.
If the shoe fits...
I agree that these kind of lawsuits are bullsh*t, but it's great to see the autocratic and litigious Sony Corp. being spanked for once.