Lawsuit Alleges Sony was Negligent Prior to PSN Breach

First lawsuit post-data breach makes bold claims.

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From the file of "you probably saw this coming," class action legal status is being sought over the three week long PlayStation PSN breach, although not for the reasons you would suspect. The plaintiff believes Sony acted negligent prior to the breach, laying off 200+ employees directly related to Sony Online Entertainment, the company's massively multiplayer branch. This also directly affected their Network Operations Center, something the complaint alleges Sony did not disclose.

According to the plaintiff's "confidential witness," Sony also acted negligent. They locked down sensitive company data when the breach was first realized, not consumer data. The complaint continues that millions were spent on ensuring corporate interests were protected, nowhere near the level given to customers. Further, it is stated that Sony knew of the impending attack, citing a number of minor security breaches leading up to the April 20th fiasco.

Lawyers hope the lawsuit will be allowed class action status. Whatever the outcome, the allegations are striking and almost seem to insinuate it was an inside job, a disgruntled employee taking down the network they had access to prior to the layoffs. That, or the loss of a workforce in Denver, Seattle, and Tuscon (where the layoffs occurred) somehow had a negative effect on security, which in these eyes, would be nigh impossible to prove.

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