While we’re sure nobody will be surprised by this, it’s still a little disappointing that it’s happened nonetheless. With Sony admitting yesterday that its PlayStation Network had indeed been hacked with personal details (and potentially credit card numbers) stolen, it was always a matter of when, not if someone was going to sue them.
This particular brand of money-grabbing was filed today on behalf of Kristopher Johns, 36, of Birmingham, Ala., in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Johns claims Sony did not take "reasonable care to protect, encrypt, and secure the private and sensitive data of its users." Quite how he knows what they did or didn’t do we’re not quite sure. Still, the courts will have to sort that one out.
The severity of the data loss was announced by Sony yesterday, a full 6 days after they initially took the service offline to protect it from further intrusions. Names, addresses, birthdays and similar data was compromised although Sony isn’t yet sure whether card information was also taken. The company is recommending customers keep an eye on their card statements just in case. Some sound advise there!
What this embarrassment means for the PS3 in the long-term remains to be seen, though we’re fairly sure the guys over in Microsoft’s Xbox team are currently sat with their feet up watching the drama from afar. Probably giggling like schoolgirls.