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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > 3rd Class Action Lawsuit Launched Against Sony

3rd Class Action Lawsuit Launched Against Sony

3rd Class Action Lawsuit Launched Against Sony

Added: Saturday, May 7th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Ridiculous Criminal Trials
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Natasha Maksimovic, 21-year-old citizen of Canada, is the person who launched another class action lawsuit against Sony and its subsidiaries. The girl accused the corporation of allowing her and other PSN users’ private data to be compromised. The demanded damages could top $1 billion, as the plaintiffs ask Sony to pay the costs of credit monitoring services, along with fraud insurance coverage for 2 years. This is supposed to cover everyone who has been affected by the outage.

More bad news for Sony: the company faced another class action lawsuit over the hacker intrusion of its PSN. This one is already the third case, and the first two were both filed in California courtrooms. All of them accuse the company of allowing a leak to occur, and for failing to notify consumers in a timely manner.

This time Natasha Maksimovic from Canada is leading the charge against a number of Sony subsidiaries all around the world, including Sony Japan, Sony USA, and Sony Canada, for the breach of privacy. She claims damages over $1 billion, insisting that the company must pay for credit monitoring services and fraud insurance coverage for all suffered users for the next 2 years. Maksimovic claimed she can’t trust such a huge multi-national corporation as Sony, because the latter failed to protect her private data. Moreover, she accused the company of being focused more on protecting its products than its customers.

As you know, Sony Corporation recently admitted that the data from more than 70 million PSN accounts has leaked, which also includes credit card data. However, the law firm representing Natasha Maksimovic, McPhadden Samac Tuovi LLP, claimed that the company couldn’t say whether user credit/debit card data was also compromised. Meanwhile, the law firm acknowledged that the company did admit to and apologized for the intrusion, but pointed out that thus far the only compensation Sony has offered to its users was free PSP services and free content downloads. McPhadden Samac Tuovi also added that while Sony Corporation has advised US users about the availability of free credit reports, it didn’t do the same for the Canadian users.

Although the industry observers always criticize class action lawsuits for rather enriching the lawyers instead of contributing to the harmed party, this time the class action lawsuit seems to make a good point. Indeed, why do PSN users have to cover the costs of monitoring and protecting their credit histories because of Sony failing to do what it promised?

May 7th,2011

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Date:  Saturday, May 7th, 2011

Comments (24) (please add your comment »)

posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendSuperman (2011-05-07 13:36:00)
trialNerror avatarPeople actually pay to monitor their accounts? WTF? If you have internet, you have access to online banking. I'm sure all banks have online services now, and if your bank doesn't, then you might want to consider changing banks. Same with credit card companies having constantly updated records of the cards use.

I'm with Sony on this one. They don't owe you a cent for being irresponsible and not watching your own money when the means to do so are right in front of you and free.

posted by (2011-05-07 13:50:59)
moviefreak24 avatarI agree with trialNerror on this. It's not too hard to monitor your own account is it? Also, we are supposed to believe that this girl cares about and stands up for all other PSN users? Please.. She's just trying to fill her pockets..

posted by (2011-05-07 14:48:11)
DOWYN avatari dont understand people anything on the net can be hacked so if you go putting your details on there you put them on at your own risk i dont blame sony there doing what they can.but like i say i put some of my details on the net so if anything happens it is my fault so i just monitor my acounts it isnt hard to do now is it

posted by (2011-05-07 15:19:37)
Dogsinatas avatarSo let me get this right; it's Sony's fault that you're a money-hungry slut? wow with that amount of cash she can finally pay for that abortion and still have time to buy drugs for all of her closest friends.

posted by (2011-05-07 17:09:17)
ihatespys avatarNo its Sony fault for delaying and not telling consumers that credit card # might have been stolen by time they even said anything my bank could have been drained now couldn't it? So who would have repaid me back apparently not Sony if they had there way am I right? They kept saying no no no but in reality they were lying saying only emails, names, addresses were stolen then eventually like a week or 2 later oh yes we did lose millions of credit card #'s. This is why you just go buy there stupid PSN cards at walmart and use that stuff so much safer.

posted by (2011-05-07 17:24:06)
DEMONLORD avatarsony cant fix stupid on a personal level

posted by (2011-05-07 17:57:32)
downsouthballa avatarsony is gonna lose alot of money over these lawsuits lol

posted by (2011-05-07 18:00:42)
No avatarlook guys stop being childish, sonys giving free content out thats great as long as they pay the money stolen. i have a account with them and my money hasn't gotten breached.

posted by ET lover (2011-05-07 23:44:45)
SyKoTiK avatarThe only way this should result in Sony having to pay anything is for monitoring one's credit reports. You can't monitor them for free (regardless of what the stupid commercials on TV say), and they don't necessarily have anything to do with your credit card accounts or bank accounts. Someone could apply for new credit cards, get a home loan, buy a car, etc. and you wouldn't know it unless you were monitoring your credit reports. Personally, I think most of the people filing these class-action lawsuits are just looking for free money. This one in particular sounds like it would be feasible and justified since the breach of security to Sony's network is the direct cause of someone HAVING to monitor their credit reports instead of just doing it anyways.

posted by (2011-05-08 10:40:48)
DjBooth77 avatarI think were all missing the point here, although Sykotik got close. It's not just about money, its now about the repercussions to us as consumers due to Sony not protecting our details. Our 'data' has potentially been taken/compromised, although Sony would NEVER admit the credit card details are compromisd as they'd have PANIC on there hands. Everyone & his dog would ring Sony & want answers. Sony's actions are slow & ambiguous TBH and I'd personally like a full investigation by the authorities. I don't give a crap about free downloads, after this charade. I want to know that some douche-bag wont buy a car or take a credit card in my name as they have my details - Sony obviously cant guarantee this, as anyone could have them. Hacking does happen, I understand that, but when you use ANY form of online service with your data its usually protected with a security authentication code - Online fraud/insurance are big business, so websites need this kind of protection. So like your online banking/paypal/even ordering a pizza, etc, your details are secured. Maybe Sony should be liable? Fair play to the girl in Canada (admittedly 1billion dollars is a little steep, but a lawyers wet dream). What do others think?

posted by (2011-05-08 10:57:41)
No avataryou own an xbox djbotth77, dont ya

posted by (2011-05-08 12:57:28)
moviefreak24 avatar@DjBooth77: Well Sony did say that the information, or at least the creditcard data was encrypted. If so, that also counts as a form of protection doesn't it?

posted by (2011-05-08 15:58:25)
liveinreal20 avatar@trialNerror as u say u r right but look on other side of geohot who was sacked in the law (think abt it ) company was trying to profit but went on losses in simple there is always a mirror that reflects

posted by (2011-05-08 20:13:30)
Tparsons5150 avatar$1 billion ?

mmm why should sony pay a single cent unless she actually lost money.

Is it really that hard to call your credit card company and say I DIDNT MAKE THIS PURCHASE ?

posted by (2011-05-08 20:26:39)
DjBooth77 avatartrilock> Nay am a PS3 owner ;op

moviefreak24> In my opinion, it isn't just the credit card info that should be encrypted.

posted by (2011-05-08 20:36:55)
DjBooth77 avatarTparsons5150 > Sony lost my details & 77 millions others, whats that worth to you? Maybe not 1 billion each...But a sophisticated group of fraudsters won't order furniture from ikea or a new tv from bestbuy, on each person's card. They'll take maybe a penny or a cent off a transaction of each card, making it difficult to find or notice. They'll set up many worldwide dummy bank accounts in other people's names. Tell ya what, if Sony think things are bad now...

posted by (2011-05-09 00:14:37)
uax4it avatarFunny Sony has my card number and its safe all i want from sony is some trophy's to add to my kill rate...

posted by ET lover (2011-05-09 05:27:45)
SyKoTiK avatar$1,000,000,000 is not a lot of money when talking about ALL of the users potentially affected by this security breach. The lawsuit doesn't say that this single person wants $1,000,000,000 for damages caused to her individually.

Briefly touching on the part about whether Sony would disclose a breach in the credit card database or not, I just want to say that the decision to withhold such details is not up to Sony. The FBI, SEC, FTC, and many other agencies would FORCE Sony to release those details if there were any. Given the number of different security consultants who analyzed the security breach, and the amount of time that has passed, I think it's safe to say that if the credit card database had been obtained or its security circumvented we'd know about it by now.

As far as protecting the data that may or may not have been taken, the data was encrypted (according to Sony) but they didn't give any details as to what level of encryption was being used, what the cypher was, whether it was using a reversible or irreversible hashing algorithm, etc. so whether anyone that was able to attain the database could decrypt the data is still only up for speculation at this point.

I don't really care much about the offerings by Sony to "make up" for this extended outage, but would much rather that since Sony had to redesign the PSN from the ground up (and hopefully the dashboard on the PS3) they'll be implementing some long-asked-for features like cross-game chat capability, more downloadable avatars to choose from (and the ability to make your own), bringing back the ability to dual-boot the PS3 to an alternate operating system, and many other features.

posted by (2011-05-09 07:52:12)
lpgc avatarYou pricks on the other side of the pond sue for fukin any thing get a life and work for a living like most of us and stop counting on other people fuking up and falling down so you can suck their last breath from them

posted by Turtle (2011-05-09 09:05:43)
bigcow2k avataropportunistic scroungers... like it's sony's fault all these happened. first, praise sony for providing better gaming quality, then blame and sue them when all hell break loose.. as if they deliberately leave their systems open for hacking.. very... human... a classic example where the victim who become the perpetrator, and the original perp sits around and watches the whole drama. shame on humanity, shame on education... i'm gonna hitch the the next flight out of earth on the next ufo..lol

posted by Turtle (2011-05-09 09:16:39)
bigcow2k avatarjust read in the papers that sony may be hacked again, by a different group this time, as revenge for something i've forgotten what it is.. some of u guys may have read about it already

posted by (2011-05-09 17:06:35)
xbmctv avatarSykotik is right: with the information stolen they can open new credit cards in your name and even purchase vehicles, vehicles you would be responsible for paying for but they would get to enjoy and keep because they're not stolen, they're paid for. And you can't just say "wasn't me" and lenders say "it wasn't? ok no problem don't worry about it", it takes many years to convince them it wasn't you and even then your credit score is screwed.

I think Sony should be sued for everything they have, if they're let go who's next? eBay? Amazon? Paypal? Can all of these companies simply give away our personal information and then say "Sorry, my bad"?

1 billion seems very reasonable.

posted by (2011-05-10 18:59:47)
Joypadder avatarhahaha some of these comments are just retarded . Sony was hacked they didn't just lose the data . sony are losing millions every day the PSN is down and they stand to lose even more when PSN is back on as they are giving away 2 free games and free subs to the PS+ service .
ppl are angry that there CC info was POSSIBLY stolen and that 100% understandable i was really annoyed aswell even tho id deleted my CC info about 2 weeks before hand .

sony will have to pay for the mistakes they made (keeping cc info on the same servers as personal info) they have to assure gamers it will not happen again they have had to rebuild the entire psn network and had to fork out alot of money to move the servers and add even more security .

to date there is still no evidence at all that suggest ppl have had there money stolen out of the accounts all these law suits will be dropped and laughed out of court.

and for the 100% moronic comment above me why should Sony be taken to court they didn't give the info out they didn't lose it , it was stolen from there servers its the hackers that need to pay not Sony.

posted by (2011-05-13 10:01:43)
No avatarAre you people completely ignorant?? The aren't paying to monitor their bank accounts, they are paying to monitor their social security information, like the thing they need to apply for credit at ANY store or site... I can't believe how stupid some people are, it is RIDICULOUS!!!

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