Sony PlayStation Network sued for security breach of its 70 million users

By on Apr 28, 2011 in Gaming, Internet, Technology, United States Comments

Updated: May 15, 2011 9:32 a.m.

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Sony PlayStation Network was sued by a US law firm, apparently for security breach affecting more than 70 million users.

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According to press release on Rothken Law Firm’s official website Wednesday, April 27, 2011, a class action lawsuit was filed against Sony PlayStation Network for allegedly compromising its users.

The case was filed that day in Federal Court in the Northern District of California, after Sony admitted that Sony PlayStation Network’s customers’ accounts have been compromised.

“We bought 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.” Attorney Ira P. Rothken said on the report.

“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.” the lawyer added, who filed the lawsuit against Sony.

The lawsuit, which was started by 36-year old Kristopher Johns of Birmingham, Alabama, also claimed that Sony did not immediately inform the PlayStation users regarding the security problem of their accounts.

Earlier, Sony announced that an unauthorized person may have obtained personal data of their users including name, address, email address, birth date, and PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login.

As Sony noted, they are now doing their best to solve the problem and admitted that a malicious action were performed between April 17 and April 19, 2011.

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