Sony sued over Playstation Network hack that exposed millions

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Sony is being sued over the Playstation Network data breach. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

The data breach of the Sony Playstation Network has exposed millions of users to possible identity theft. Experts call it one of the biggest data hacks in recorded history, possibly opening 77 million people up to identity theft, and Sony is scrambling to fix the problem. The company has been slapped with a class action lawsuit over the incident.

Class action suit filed against Sony over Playstation Network breach

Sony has been named in a class action lawsuit concerning the data breach of the Playstation Network, according to InformationWeek. A suit was filed in Calif. against the Sony Corporation, on the behalf of all users of the Playstation Network, or PSN. The suit alleges that Sony failed to adequately shield its users from potential threats. The suit also claims that Sony was not compliant with Payment Card Industry (or PCI) standards of security, part of which is not storing customer credit card numbers and account information. Sony initially shut its Playstation and Qriocity networks down about a week ago, after noticing an “external intrusion,” according to the New York Daily News. Sony later disclosed that the networks had been hacked.

Data at risk

There are more than 77 million people that are members of the Qriocity network and the Playstation Network. Sony released a statement saying that customers that had provided their credit card data through either network might have been obtained by hackers. There is no confirmation that any information has been obtained or identities used for fraudulent purposes, but it is possible. Information security experts, according to USA Today, consider it among the biggest data hacks on record. In response to the breach, investigations have been launched by the British and American governments, according to Reuters, to see just how big the breach was and the extent of the damage done. Sony is currently retooling both networks.

Users are recommended to take steps to ensure security

The data that hackers were able to obtain, according to the Wall Street Journal, includes their name, date of birth, address, email address, Sony network identity, account history and credit card information. Normally, credit card thieves can only get card numbers, but that much information is a rare find for an identity thief. Playstation and Qriocity network users should change all of their passwords immediately. Any email or message from Sony asking for any of the information they would already have should be deleted, as it is a scam email. As far as credit or debit cards are concerned, card holders should closely monitor their accounts and contact their bank or credit union and notify them immediately of any charges they believe to be fraudulent.


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