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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > PSN Outage Resulted In First Class Action Lawsuit

PSN Outage Resulted In First Class Action Lawsuit

PSN Outage Resulted In First Class Action Lawsuit

Added: Saturday, April 30th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
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For eight days already the gaming community has been watching the development of the story of PlayStation Network outage. Many of the observers realized that it was just a matter of time before one of the parties would be resorting to litigation. That’s precisely what finally happened in a Northern District of California.

While the company would likely rather forget the Easter holidays, the outage story of PlayStation Network has gotten worse for Sony. The first person to have the distinct honor of filing a class action lawsuit against the company turned out to be Kristopher Johns. However, it’s unclear what damages he currently seeks.

At the moment, more than 70 million (according to some sources, even 77 million) users are reported to have their accounts compromised by this “external intrusion“. Within the past week there were many guesses of the reason for the outage – from initial blaming Anonymous for the hack, to the conclusion that it had been more likely a custom firmware that led to the outage.

Currently the community believes that the above mentioned person is suing just because the information they had on the PSN was compromised. However, the report emerged that this Californian lawsuit may be much more in-depth than that.

The plaintiffs claimed that Sony failed to encrypt information and provide adequate firewalls to address the possibility of a server intrusion. Moreover, he accused Sony of failing to provide quick and adequate notifications of security breaches. Finally, the company is alleged of unreasonable delay in bringing the PlayStation Network service back online. Aside from these claims, Sony was also accused of infringing the Payment Card Industry security standard, since the latter prohibits companies from storing cardholder information.

The accusations listed above go along with earlier speculation that the company failed to encrypt critical information like customer credit card credentials. However, this wasn’t exactly confirmed.

Meanwhile, it’s unclear whether any more lawsuits will be filed to the courts all over the world, ignited by the situation. However, the industry observers point out that they wouldn’t be surprised if other forms of litigation surface

April 30th,2011

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Date:  Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-04-30 22:51:22)
heibakari avatarlol...sadness that PSN got complacent. guess who's gonna order a new card.

posted by (2011-05-01 10:42:50)
Cof_Rocker avatarLooks like this Kristopher Johns, is trying to find as many reasons as he goes along. Sure everything thats happening at Sony aint all made up. But it sounds like to me, (Finally, the company is alleged of unreasonable delay in bringing the PlayStation Network service back online.)...thats the main reason. Kristopher Johns had a hissy fit, because he cant "pwn" others online on black ops or something. And so he doesnt have a heart attack due to his fat clogged, online gaming deprived arteries, hes suing sony. Im not gonna do anything unless something goes out of my account, that i know i didnt do. And if thats the case, i will ring up my bank, make them aware of whats happening, n then issue a new card.

That or this Johns guy is the hacker we heard the rumours of the hackers offering users details for a sum, and Sony said no. So now they play the innocent card, and claim to be a victim getting money that way!

posted by (2011-05-04 06:31:35)
baddadoftwoandspokenfor avataryou know number 2 i prolly couldnt agree more< one thing i know is that it would be nice if they get things under control>i wouldnt mind playing cod myself lol

posted by (2012-04-23 17:01:39)
No avatarSo what is the status of the lawsuit any finality or settlement? I am part of a team of San Francisco Criminal Defense Attorney and we are very interested in following this case.

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