On April 2nd , the Toronto law firm of McPhadden Samac Tuovi LLP, filed a lawsuit against Sony Canada, Sony USA and other Sony entities. The accusation was the breach of privacy and the sum of money requested was 1 billion Canadian dollars.
The aw firm initiated the procedures on behalf of Ontario resident, Natasha Maksimovic. The 21-year-old Playstation fanatic admits in a statement that she feels cheated and is outraged by the PSN actions taken after the hacker attack.
If you can’t trust a huge multi-national corporation like Sony to protect your private information, who can you trust?” asked an irritated Maksimovic in a statement. And added: “It appears to me that Sony focuses more on protecting its games than its PlayStation users.”
This is the second lawsuit ony has to face after the hacker incident.
Last week, Sony’s database was hacked. The Playstation Network and Sony Online Entertainment have been taken offline and a complex and detailed investigation started.
The electronics giant has immediately hired a team of experts to find out more on the breach and pick up the pieces. The team was formed by Cyber Security detectives from two firms: Guidance Software and Data Forte. Then, the Federal Bureau of Investigation representatives were added.
The original statement of the Japanese company was that 77 million users data was compromised. On Monday, they rectified the figures, adding 25 millions more. The information hacked included users names, addresses and other contact information. When asked for more details on the matter, the Cyber Security detectives wouldn’t give any.
However, FBI leaked some, mentioning the fact that some credit card data have been compromised as well. At this point users all over the world started to really worry.
Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal asked for a detailed timeline of the events after the hacker attack and requested the help of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in the matter, asking him to investigate if Sony’s handling of the breach makes it civilly or criminally liable.
Sony came out and say that the stolen credit card data was from an outdated 2007 database. But it appears that the information was not comforting enough.
At another level Sony hired law firm Baker & Mackenzie to deal with the legal matters of the problem.
What is your opinion on the breach? Do you think Maksimovic is right to ask 1 billion Canadian dollars?