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213w ago - Update #2: MCST.ca 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: MSNBC 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 T&C disagreement 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 CNET: "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 IGN, 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."





Sony Sued Over PSN Security Issues, PSN Terms Exclude Liability

Sony Sued Over PSN Security Issues, PSN Terms Exclude Liability

Sony Sued Over PSN Security Issues, PSN Terms Exclude Liability

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#281 - vesper8 - 212w ago
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haha why do so many people think it wasn't Anonymous? Do you forget that only a few weeks ago Anonymous openly proclaimed that they were going to war with sony?

I'd like to think that of course it was Anonymous.. but they deny it anyway.. as I would expect them to.. The thing some of you are not fully appreciating is that the whole idea behind calling themselves Anonymous is that they're all fully confident that everything they plan and do will be executed in such a way that they'll always remain anonymous..

They are making Sony look like fools and I bet you nothing will ever happen with the stolen data because using that would be way too risky to someone that wishes to remain anonymous and these guys have principles.

Anyway.. most of them I'm sure. They've hit Sony hard enough without too much collateral to the users. At least for those of us that have known that Sony had it coming for the way they've behaved in the last 6 months.. we won't let a month without PSN affect our enjoyment of watching this sweet revenge unfold before us

wtg anon.

#280 - elser1 - 212w ago
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this company is run by a bunch of complete and utter funk wits...

#279 - GrandpaHomer - 212w ago
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Blah blah blah - Sony is apparently endlessly repeating the same PR crap again and again... copy and paste job here.

#278 - B4rtj4h - 212w ago
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LOL... so when i am not a Music member i just get eggs for my money? Nice one Sony... only compensate the people with PSN+ >_>

#277 - elser1 - 212w ago
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thanks for the insight barry.. from that i'd say i like the ideals of anonymous and i agree with barry, i doubt it was them.. smells like an inside job to me.. who better to blame than people making public threats against the company..

#276 - barrybarryk - 212w ago
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Um yeah but again every time anonymous has stolen personal info (which they have) they have released the info publicly, even the HB Gary files on 'members' of anonymous which HB Gary were trying to sell to the FBI. The only thing anonymous are about is the freedom of information. If anonymous were behind this the info would have been immediately published as well as claiming responsibility and a detailed factual analysis of the security it was behind (just like every other hack they have done), anonymous have never denied a hack before why on earth would they start now?

The person who carried out the hack could easily have put a file there claiming to be anonymous but by not releasing the information publicly clearly they aren't. Anonymous isn't a group or a club, there are no members and no splinter groups, it's an idea or ethical standing depending on your point of view but whomever carried out the hack clearly isn't anonymous.

#275 - Chivafighter - 212w ago
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taking over the industry and having us run it, that's a great idea right there bro

#274 - xUb3rn00dlEx - 212w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by Chivafighter View Post
yea but it puts them in direct blame for the attack, even when they issued the statement that they did not do it.So they say they didn't do it, but leave their name on the servers... i don't think so, they are not stupid.


I understand where you're coming from, but still, Anonymous could say a splinter of their group did it, which does happen often as they'll break into smaller factions if you will with members doing their own things, and they can still claim no responsibility for it. But it also would not put them in direct blame, because they haven't stolen anything. All they attempted was a DDoS attack, which they wanted recognition for. But again, I see where you are coming from.

BTW, when do we start taking over Sony's assets and running the industry by us for us? I'm 100% positive none of this would have happened if they just politely handed over management of the system.

#273 - Chivafighter - 212w ago
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yea but it puts them in direct blame for the attack, even when they issued the statement that they did not do it.So they say they didn't do it, but leave their name on the servers... i don't think so, they are not stupid.

#272 - DVision44 - 212w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by Chivafighter View Post
Is Anonymous really going to attack the servers and leave their slogan on the Sony server? That is a stupid move on their part, If they did which i highly doubt.

They're called Anonymous for a reason