24 Oct 2012

Sony Playstation Lawsuit Dismissed in Court

Sony’s PSN hacking lawsuit was dismissed by a California district judge, who ruled „there is no such thing as perfect security,” according to Courthouse News.

Several users of the 77 million affected by the breach filed complaints after their personal details including passwords and credit card numbers were stolen in last year’s massive cyber-attack by LulzSec. The Playstation security breach cost Sony $171 million, and was considered the worst gaming community data breach ever.

Judge Anthony Battaglia dismissed the customers’ charges against the company, including negligence, restitution, and unjust enrichment. The Court ruled one of the lawsuits was invalid, the plaintiffs' motives were unjustified, and the company violated no consumer-protection laws in California.

"None of the named plaintiffs subscribed to premium PSN services, and thus received the PSN services free of cost," Battaglia said. "Plaintiffs freely admit, plaintiffs' personal information was stolen as a result of a criminal intrusion of Sony's Network. Plaintiffs do not allege that Sony was in any way involved with the data breach."

The class action was filed in June 2011 because the company "failed to follow basic industry-standard protocols to safeguard its customers' personal and financial information, thereby creating foreseeable harm and injury to the Plaintiff class."

The PlayStation Network allows users to play games over the Internet after providing personal details such as names, email addresses, birth dates, credit and debit card numbers, and credentials. To play with third parties, gamers can also opt for paid services. After last year’s cyber-attack, Sony froze the network to investigate the breach for all accounts including the premium ones.   

The plaintiffs may still file an amended complaint until November 9.