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Sony Sued Over PSN Security Issues, PSN Terms Exclude Liability


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177w ago - Update #2: [Register or Login to view links] has reported that Canadian Natasha Maksimovic has also filed suit (PDF) against Sony via McPhadden Samac Tuovi LLP for the recent PSN security breach.

Update: [Register or Login to view links] now reports that Sony's database may already be on sale in an online bazaar, stating that that low-level cybercriminals using "carder" online forums were offering to sell a database of 2.2 million credit-card numbers taken during the PlayStation Network breach.

As a result of yesterday's confirmation from Sony that PSN account information has been compromised, today class action lawsuits are forming against the corporation despite a [Register or Login to view links] that states Sony is not liable for loss of data.

To quote: "We exclude all liability for loss of data or unauthorised access to your data, Sony Online Network account or Sony Online Network wallet and for damage caused to your software or hardware as a result of using or accessing Sony Online Network," the terms state.

According to the documentation, the first of many defendants is Kristopher Johns, 36, of Birmingham, Alabama.

To quote from [Register or Login to view links]: "Sony sued for PlayStation Network data breach

Like clockwork, the first lawsuit resulting from the security breach of the personal data of more than 75 million Sony PlayStation Network customers has been filed.

The suit was filed today on behalf of Kristopher Johns, 36, of Birmingham, Ala., in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Johns accuses Sony of not taking "reasonable care to protect, encrypt, and secure the private and sensitive data of its users."

He also believes Sony took too long to notify him and other customers that their personal information had been exposed. Because of that, the complaint alleges, Sony did not allow its customers "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 asking for monetary compensation and free credit card monitoring, and is seeking class action status.

Yesterday, Sony warned customers of its PlayStation Network and Qriocity service that their personal information--including customer names, addresses, e-mail addresses, birthdays, PlayStation Network and Qriocity passwords, and user names, as well as online user handles--was obtained illegally by an "unauthorized person" between April 17 and 19. The company says there is "no evidence" that credit card information was compromised, but it can't be sure yet.

In the aftermath of the breach Sony has temporarily turned off PlayStation Network and Qriocity, contracted with an outside security firm to investigate the intrusion on its network, and started to rebuild its system and security.

Johns' complaint echoes the concerns of Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat. Blumenthal yesterday wrote a letter to Jack Tretton, president and chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment America, saying he was troubled that the company had not notified customers sooner about the breach. He also called for Sony to provide affected customers with financial data security services, including free access to credit reporting services for two years to protect against identity theft."

Also from [Register or Login to view links], to quote: "Sony Sued for PSN Security Breach - Class action lawsuit filed this morning against SCEA.

A class action lawsuit was filed against Sony a day after the company publicly admitted that personal information from PlayStation Network was compromised by a security breach. The lawsuit was filed by the Rothken Law Firm today in a California court and alleges Sony "failed to take reasonable care to protect, encrypt, and secure the private and sensitive data."

Yesterday, Sony said it believes an unauthorized person obtained PSN user information, including members' names, addresses, birthdays, and login passwords. The company said there was no evidence that credit card information was stolen, but did not rule out that possibility.

"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," said Ira P. Rothken an attorney who filed the class action complaint.

"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," commented J.R. Parker, co-counsel in the case.

The lawsuit seeks monetary compensation for the data loss and "loss of use of the Sony PlayStation Network, credit monitoring, and other relief according to proof."












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condorstrike's Avatar
#316 - condorstrike - 176w ago
sucks for Sony... and for the players.

BUT... enough said.

zhaoyun123's Avatar
#315 - zhaoyun123 - 176w ago
i'll just wait on what happens on the PS3. I know that sony is like... losing much money because of the happenings now... even they suck still... i'm more used playing on Playstation consoles... PS1, PS2, PSP and now this... there are some games that don't have in PC like tekken 6 or Dynasty Warriors 7 (which is my favorite, still completing Conquest mode), even though i don't have PSN (cause i jailed break my PS3, using REBUG 3.55 with kmeaw), I still enjoy the games, i just dont have also enough money to buy xbox ^^ hope they get through this...

Also... even though i don't do online (which i dont play since before this "hacking" incident cuasae i know i suck really ^^)... and i always don't download DLC in PSN mostly (cause i know, you have to pay everything on DLC, cause i believe all DLCs are needed to be payed)... I'm still enjjoying my PS3... caused its within me, i enjoyed it ^^

alchybear's Avatar
#314 - alchybear - 176w ago
Wtf may 31st? It's only the damn 9th i'm going 360..

thebomb5's Avatar
#313 - thebomb5 - 176w ago
The PS3/Sony is pathetic now, they have LOST SO MUCH MONEY. I'm so glad i switched to PC gaming a couple weeks back, built my first PC and it kills console games. Yeah after 6 years of being on the market, console games are officially bottle-necked what can be made with the outdated hardware, nothing new or creative.

I am waiting for the Witcher 2 and BF3 on the PC the two look to be PC game of the year material. In Technology time 6 years is absolutely ancient. I hope they make the PS4 strong enough sol it ca last with PC's for a good 8-10 years (12-24gb of XDR, and a 16-24 Core Cell clocked at 6-8ghz with a nightmare feature which harness the power of the other cores into just a few core to increase performance that only utilizes a few cores, and a GPU clocked at 4ghz with 10,000 process streams, 1-2TB blu-ray would seem nice as well! lol a man can dream cant he )

Mbb's Avatar
#312 - Mbb - 176w ago
I couldn't play anyway because i'm on 3.55 and had no money left to buy a second ps3 for online play.

if I can play 3.60 games on 3.55 in the future im happy, I could get portal 2 for the pc, but I can't get LA noire for that, and im really looking forward to that game.

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