Sony’s PR nightmare over its hacked PlayStation Network just took its next logical step: the first lawsuit being filed against the company. If you haven’t been following, Sony’s PlayStation Network has been down for over a week now, with the console maker finally admitting on Tuesday that user information and credit card numbers may have been compromised.
That’s left around 77 million PSN users with potentially stolen credit card details, and PS3 owner Kristopher Johns of Birmingham, Alabama is the first to take action, accusing Sony of not taking “reasonable care to protect, encrypt, and secure the private and sensitive data of its users.”
He also claims the company took too long to warn consumers their data has been exposed. Johns says Sony did not allow customers “to make an informed decision as to whether to change credit card numbers, close the exposed accounts, check their credit reports, or take other mitigating actions.” As Sony knew about personal information being accessed for five days before it ‘fessed up, I’m right with him there.
The lawsuit is asking for monetary compensation and free credit card monitoring, and gawd knows where all this will end.