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Insurer for Sony files lawsuit; doesn't want to pay for cyber attack claims

While the Playstation Network has been back online for a couple of months following the cyber attack that brought the PSN's servers down on April 20, Sony is still dealing with the after effects of the attack. This week, one of Sony's insurers filed a lawsuit against the company, claiming that it shouldn't have to pay to help Sony deal with the many different lawsuits that have been filed against Sony in the wake of the cyber attacks.

Reuters reports that the insurer in question, Zurich American Insurance, claims that Sony has so far received 55 class-action lawsuits in relation to the cyber attacks that exposed the personal info of tens of millions of Sony's Playstation Network users. Zurich American also says Sony has sent over claims based on these lawsuits to the insurer. However Zurich American claims that its policy with Sony doesn't cover this particular situation, saying it only covers "bodily injury, property damage or personal and advertising injury." So far Sony has yet to comment on Zurich American's lawsuit.

Sony has already taken a number of moves on its own to both compensate Playstation Network users for the downtime along with protecting them from possible cyber attacks. Sony recently had an offer that gave away two free downloadable games each for the Playstation 3 and PSP game console along with other free bonuses and offers. In addition Sony has offered to give its customers a way to sign up for a free one year identity theft protection service that includes a $1 million insurance offer.

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