As soon as word got out that 77 million Sony PlayStation customers had their personal credit-card, password and other private data stolen by a hacker lawyers slapped the company with a federal class action lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed in San Francisco’s Northern District federal court April 27 by Kristopher Johns of Birmingham, Alabama.
The suit says Sony sat on the bad news following the alleged hack attack that occurred between April 17 and April 19. It purportedly affects millions of customers on the PlayStaytion Network and Qriocity, the online gaming service. Thieves may have gotten user names, email addresses, birth dates and log-in information.
The suit accuses Sony of failing to encrypt security information and protect personal data of consumers. It seeks restitution and compensation credit monitoring and for any damages as a result of thefts, though there are yet to be reports of actual losses due to use of personal credit information. This case may be the first in the courthouse door but it certainly won’t be the last.
Case Johns v. Sony Computer Entertainment, No. C11-2063 (Northern District of California)