Sony Sued For PlayStation Network Security Breach
Following on from yesterday’s announcement of PlayStation Network information being compromised comes the first lawsuit has been filed against Sony.
Kristopher Johns (36) of Birmingham Alabama has a filed a suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Mr Johns claims Sony did not take “reasonable care to protect, encrypt, and secure the private and sensitive data of its users.”
The delayed reaction by Sony to acknowledge the personal information breach added further fuel to the fire. Johns alleges Sony did not take adequate action allowing for those affected “to make an informed decision as to whether to change credit card numbers, close the exposed accounts, check their credit reports, or take other mitigating actions.”
The lawsuit is pursuing financial restitution, free credit card monitoring as well as seeking to upgrade to a class action status with up to 77 million users affected.
According to Sony, the security breach took place between April 17th and April 19th with names, addresses, email, birthdays, passwords and usernames being compromised. Sony claims at this time that there is “no evidence” credit card details have been breached.
In the aftermath of the PSN fiasco, many users today have found their email addresses that share the same password with their PlayStation Network account have been illegally accessed.
Sony have sourced assistance for security professionals to investigate the extent of the breach before repairing PSN to have it operational again.