Toronto law firm files $1 billion lawsuit over Playstation Network attack

The pile on by customers and others due to the cyber attacks on Sony's Playstation Network continues. According to Gamasutra, a Toronto law firm has filed a lawsuit against Sony, asking for damages in excess of $1 billion as a result of the attack that exposed the personal info of tens of millions of Playstation Network users.

The law firm of McPhadden Samac Tuovi LLP said in its press release that it is also seeking for Sony to pay for credit monitoring and fraud protection services for its Playstation Network users for two years. The law firm is using Natasha Maksimovic, a 21 year old gamer from the town of Mississauga, as its plaintiff. Maksimovic writes in the press release, "If you can’t trust a huge multi-national corporation like Sony to protect your private information, who can you trust. It appears to me that Sony focuses more on protecting its games than its PlayStation users."

Sony has admitted that the cyber attacks, which caused the company to shut down the Playstation Network online services on April 20, accessed the personal info of over 70 million of its subscribers. Personal info has also been taken from a similar attack on the MMO servers of Sony Online Entertainment, which shut down its servers on Monday, along with a small number of old credit card and debit numbers from an old database. Sony has said repeatedly that there is no evidence that credit card info from its Playstation Network servers has been exposed.

On Sunday Sony pledged to restore some online services on the Playstation Network later this week, and has also announced plans to beef up its online security systems. It has also offered to compensate Playstation Network users with free content and free 30 day subscriptions to its premium Playstation Plus and Music Unlimited services.

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