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Class Action Lawsuit Emerges From PSN Security Breach

by William Schwartz

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A class action lawsuit has been filed against Sony today, one day removed from announcing to it’s PSN subscribers that their personal information may have been compromised.  The lawsuit which has been filed in the state of California claims that Sony has “failed to take reasonable care to protect, encrypt, and secure the private and sensitive data” of their users on the PS3 and PSP.

Sony announced yesterday that an unknown person or persons has accessed PSN user account information which may include but is not limited to name, address, birthday, logins, and possibly credit card information.  Since it was announced that the information has been compormised, there have been numerous claims across the web of financial ruin because of the privacy breach.  The Rothken Law Firm who filed the suit issued this statement:

“We brought this lawsuit on behalf of consumers to learn the full extent of Sony PlayStation Network data security practices and the data loss and to seek a remedy for consumers. We are hopeful that Sony will take this opportunity to learn from the network vulnerabilities, provide a remedy to consumers who entrusted their sensitive data to Sony, and lead the way in data security best practices going forward,”

“Sony’s breach of its customers’ trust is staggering. Sony promised its customers that their information would be kept private. One would think that a large multinational corporation like Sony has strong protective measures in place to prevent the unauthorized disclosure of personal information, including credit card information. Apparently, Sony doesn’t,”

The suit is seeking damages from the entertainment and electronics conglomerate in the form of monetary compensation.  It is also stated that the suit is seeking credit monitoring for those affected by the privacy breach which for 77 million users, I imagine would be quite pricey.

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