Sony Facing Possible Class Action Suit Over PSN Hack
Sony’s been through a lot of late. Major hacks, an earthquake, and extended downtime for PlayStation Network are just some of the headaches they’ve weathered. Now you can add a possible class-action lawsuit to that list.
This Monday, a lawsuit (Cotorreal et al v. Sony Corporation Inc.) was filed in federal court in San Diego. The suit claims that the hacks of PSN and Sony Online Entertainment were a direct result of Sony having laid off 205 employees. The layoffs coincided with the shutdown of the Denver, Seattle, and Tuscon offices of SOE, as well as their Network Operations Center. According to the lawsuit, Sony did not announce that any of these employees were a part of network operations at the time of the layoffs.
Possibly more damaging is the claim that Sony paid millions of dollars when they learned of the security breach, but they spent it to secure sensitive company data and ignored customer data.
While the lawsuit is currently not a class action suit, attorneys for the claim are obviously hoping to open the class to as many people as possible. We’ll keep an eye on this situation, and let you know when we get more news.