Lawsuit Claims Sony Sacked Essential Security Staff Weeks Before Hack Attacks

A law suit which could achieve class action status is being brought against Sony after 77 million customer details were stolen by online intruders.

Papers associated with the suit accuse Sony of leaving its punters open to attack by firing key security staff just weeks before the breach took place.

Copies of the court documents obtained by thinq_ say, "According to information provided by industry experts and confidential informants, "Sony knew that its inadequate security systems placed it at increased risk for the attack, which directly and proximately caused the theft of its Customers' Personal Information and a month-long interruption of the PlayStation and SPE Networks."

The suit goes on to claim: "Sony took numerous precautions and spent lavishly to secure its proprietary development server containing its own sensitive information [...] but recklessly declined to provide adequate protections for its Customers' Personal Information.

"Moreover, just two weeks before the April breach, Sony laid off a substantial percentage of its Sony Online Entertainment workforce, including a number of employees in the Network Operations Centre, which, according to Confidential Witness 2, is the group that is responsible for preparing for and responding to security breaches, and who ostensibly has the skills to bring the Network's security technology up-to-date."

Sony has failed to respond to requests for comment.