Feeds

Judge says PSN hack can't spark class action

They never promised you a rose garden

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

The notorious Sony PlayStation Network hack, which saw millions of accounts compromised in May 2011, doesn’t give grounds for a class action, according to a US judge.

The ruling, available from Courthouse News, dismisses most of the grounds for the lawsuit against Sony, which was first filed in June last year. The judge, Anthony Battaglia of the US District Court in Southern California, has given the plaintiffs until November 9 to decide whether they want to file an amended complaint.

However, as noted by Ars, the judgement seems to “gut” the main points of the complaint, based on the disclaimers present the customer terms and conditions that covered the PSN service.

Sony only promised to take “reasonable measures” to protect its customers, the judge noted, and explicitly stated that the company couldn’t promise that customers would be immune from intrusion, stating: “there is no such thing as perfect security ... we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information transmitted to us”.

Moreover, the judge said, the plaintiffs could only seek an action for economic loss if they could demonstrate that they’d been defrauded in some way by Sony Network Entertainment.

The judge also dismissed the plaintiffs’ complaints under various consumer protection laws. ®

SANS - Survey on application security programs

More from The Register

next story
EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?
Wait 'til this one hits your pension fund where it hurts
Systems meltdown plunges US immigration courts into pen-and-paper stone age
Massive outage could last four weeks, sources claim
RIP net neutrality? FCC boss mulls 'two-speed internet'
Financial fast track to replace level competitive playing field, report claims
Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers
Judges rule complaints about government power are too little, too late
UK.gov chucks £28m at F1 tech for buses and diggers plan
Well, not really F1 but who's heard of LMP and VLN*?
Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google
'Irrelevant' character evidence should be excluded – lawyers
Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties
Companies want payout on recordings made before 1972
Edward Snowden on his Putin TV appearance: 'Why all the criticism?'
Denies Q&A cameo was meant to slam US, big-up Russia
Ex-Tony Blair adviser is new top boss at UK spy-hive GCHQ
Robert Hannigan to replace Sir Iain Lobban in the autumn
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.