Sony Faces Backlash Over PlayStation Network Hacking

PSN_logoSony Corp could face a barrage of lawsuits over the recent hacking of its PlayStation Network, an incident that the company later admitted may have allowed hackers to steal users’ personal information.

Although Sony said on Wednesday that the security breach that forced the company to shutdown the PSN on April 19 did not affect users’ credit card data as this was encrypted, other personal information such as telephone numbers, passwords, email addresses, and account histories were apparently left out of the encryption system. “The entire credit card table was encrypted and we have no evidence that credit card data was taken. The personal data table, which is a separate data set, was not encrypted, but was, of course, behind a very sophisticated security system that was breached in a malicious attack,” PlayStation spokesperson Patrick Seybold said in a blog post.

This early, officials are already investigating the incident to see if Sony was negligent in protecting user data. The British Information Commissioner’s Office has reportedly started investigating whether Sony violated U.K. laws. In the U.S., a law firm has already filed a class action case against Sony in California.

Sony said information from some 77 million users was compromised in the hacking. The PlayStation Network is still down as of this writing.