Lawsuit over Sony PSN breach filed already

As we all know, it doesn't take long for an American to file a law suit. It took less than 24 hours for one Kristopher Johns of Birmingham, Alabama to file his suit against Sony, claiming the punctured electronics powerhouse failed to take 'reasonable care to protect, encrypt, and secure the private and sensitive data of its users.'

Johns, 36, is seeking class action status for his suit, which claims compensation and demands his credit card is monitored for fraudulent transactions.

He reckons that by delaying the announcement of the breach of the Playstation Network and the exposure of some 77 million customer details to some unknown hacker, Sony failed to give those customers time "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 suit filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California reads: "This action arises from Sony’s failure to maintain adequate computer data security of consumer personal data and financial data, including, but not limited to credit card data and the reasonably foreseeable exploitation of such inadequate security at defendant Sony by computer “hackers,” causing the compromise of the privacy of private information of approximately seventy-seven (77) Million consumer credit card account holders."

Sony only warned customers of the security breach yesterday, some six days after it closed the PlayStation Network and Qriocity media streaming service due to what it called an "external intrusion."

The company faces investigation in various territories across the globe into how it failed to secure its customer's data. The Information Commissioner's Office in the UK has said it will be having a poke around in the aftermath of the affair.

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