Sony Faces Class Action Suits over PlayStation Breach

Kara Reeder

The first class action lawsuits over Sony's PlayStation breach are starting to appear. InformationWeek reports that Kristopher Johns has filed suit against Sony in the U.S. District Court's Northern District of California, alleging Sony

failed to encrypt data and establish adequate firewalls to handle a server intrusion contingency, failed to provide prompt and adequate warnings of security breaches, and unreasonably delayed in bringing the PSN service back on line.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the breach also prompted another filing in federal court in Los Angeles, alleging Sony was negligent in allowing the theft of its members' personal information.

 

The hack put 77 million users at risk. PCWorld.com says the company is considering compensating users in some way. In a company FAQ, Sony says:

We are currently evaluating ways to show appreciation for your extraordinary patience as we work to get these services back online.


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Apr 29, 2011 2:33 AM liz liz  says:

Good luck with the class action, in a recent class action against AT&T the US supreme court ruled that from now on companies can force arbitration on class-acting consumers That means companies are free to force customers to arbitrate their claims individually instead of joining together to file high-dollar class-action lawsuits, no matter what state laws say. And we know must people dont have the time or money to file a lawsuit and obtain $20 and a free game, certainly people who got or are going to be affected by identity theft or( ...)  can go the extra mile and file a lawsuit but most people wont

PS. you can get more details here

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/09-893.pdf

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Apr 29, 2011 3:28 AM Oh Noes! Oh Noes!  says:

Thats it! im switching to XBOX... damn you sony! THE PS3! IT ONLY DOES EVERYTHING... EXCEPT KEEP YOUR INFORMATION SAFE!

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