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Sony Might Owe Canada $1 Billion Over PSN Attack

| 4 May 2011 16:16
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A class action lawsuit filed in Canada is asking for $1 billion in damages due to the PlayStation Network information leak.

Just when things were looking a little bit up for Sony with the announced return of the PlayStation Network after an attack that may have resulted in the leak of millions of users' personal information, something brings the company back down again. A class action lawsuit filed in Canada claims that Sony owes more than $1 billion to its potentially defrauded customers in the region alone.

Toronto law firm McPhadden Samac Tuovi LLP filed the lawsuit this week on behalf of one Natasha Maksimovic. The suit says that Sony's inability to protect the privacy of around 1 million Canadian PlayStation Network users means that it now has to pay up. Some of the funds will go toward paying for two years of credit monitoring services for each affected user, something Sony already said it has plans to implement worldwide.

"If you can't trust a huge multi-national corporation like Sony to protect your private information, who can you trust," Maksimovic said in a statement. This is the second class action lawsuit that Sony has been hit with over the indicent, with the first recently filed in the U.S.

The lawsuits appear to raise a question of responsibility. Was Sony truly negligent in some way, or was it the victim of a highly sophisticated attack that any network would have been vulnerable to? No matter the case, the situation has caused Sony some seriously bad PR, and after these lawsuits and other routes of compensation, will probably cost the company a lot of money too.

Source: Gamasutra

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