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Inevitable Lawsuit Filed Against Sony Over PSN Problems

by Phil Kollar on Apr 27, 2011 at 10:15 AM

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Plenty of people were justifiably angry yesterday over the news of hackers having grabbed personal info of PSN users, possibly including credit card numbers and account passwords. Given the outpouring of rage, a lawsuit may have seemed likely; as it turns out, it's already happening.

IGN is reporting that the California-based Rothken Law Firm has filed a class action lawsuit against Sony, saying that the company "failed to take reasonable care to protect, encrypt, and secure the private and sensitive data." Attorney Ira P. Rothken said Sony's "breach of its customers' trust is staggering," alongside other accusations:

"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."

If the lawsuit goes through and ends up ruling against Sony, any PSN users could be open to monetary compensation. Some have already estimated that the PSN fiasco could cost Sony billions; this lawsuit could end up making up a healthy portion of that bill.