A class action suit has been filed against Sony following the attack on its PlayStation Network and Online Entertainment Network in April. It is alleged that Sony laid off a number of its security staff and failed to respond to smaller attacks in the weeks leading up to the security breach in which around 77 million PlayStation Network and Qriocity accounts were compromised, including the information of 25 million users of the Sony Online Entertainment PC games network.
According to Reuters, the lawsuit states that Sony laid off “a substantial percentage” of its Sony Online Entertainment workforce, including “a number” of employees in its Network Operations Centre, which is responsible for responding to security breaches. It then goes on to claim that Sony took precautions and installed appropriate firewalls to protect its own sensitive data, however did not implement the same level of security for its customers data.
The lawsuit referred to by Reuters is the case of Felix Cortorreal, Jacques Daoud Jr. and Jimmy Cortorreal, on Behalf of Themselves and All Others Similarly Situated v. Sony Corporation Inc. et al, 11-1369. It will be heard in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California.