Lawsuit claims Sony laid-off “a substantial percentage” of security employees before PSN breach

Friday, 24th June 2011 16:32 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

According to a class action lawsuit filed this week, Sony laid off employees who were responsible for the firm’s network security two weeks before the massive data breach occurred in April.

The lawsuit, filed in San Diego, California on Monday, claims Sony spent “lavishly” on security to protect its corporate information but failed to mirror such efforts for its customer data, according to a confidential witness of the suit.

Sony customers involved in the class action suit state the firm was aware of the “increased risk of attack,” due to smaller breaches experienced prior to the breach of PSN and SOE in April.

The plaintiffs also claim Sony made “a substantial percentage” of its Sony Online Entertainment workforce redundant, including “a number” of employees working at its Network Operations Center.

Sony has yet to respond to the press regarding the impending suit.

Via Reuters.



  1. Christopher Jack

    Would not have changed a damn thing. These are the kind of people looking for trouble to gain a few bucks.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Chino86

    Well no wonder! They were clearly doing terrible work in the first place.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. NightCrawler1970

    Yeap, boot low-pay people out of the firm, why not boot the old fart(Howard Stringer).. out, he don’t even know what VITA is, and i never saw him holding a controler, even play a game… all he want is $$$$$$$

    And let Jack tretton be a new chief of Sony USA!!!

    But he, just boot the whole IT-support devision… because they can’t even secure the server, WHAT THE FUCK they doing over years??? scratching there balls or picking noses??? or taking a nap behind the desk????

    So no one from the top, took an elevator, to look in the basement where the IT-Support doing????

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Gama_888

    So the people that made the system got fired, then 2 weeks later its been hacked?

    Who else would know the easiest way into a system than the people that made it? Revenge attack much?

    And Ananymous did deny it didnt they?

    @3 Any system can be hacked, you only have too look through the recent news too see the truth behind that. Hacks should have their own section of the news.
    Also about sections of the site, The playstation side still says NGP :)

    #4 3 years ago
  5. NightCrawler1970

    Im pretty sure those fired IT-Support, twitterd with Anonymous and send an e-mail the gate-way(password and ports to get into)Sony Server and anonymous take care of the rest…

    @3, Revenge attack, you could say that…. and than what? gonna claim money on IT-pricks??? they didn’t have billions to cover the global damage..

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DSB

    Sounds like Sony might have a few openings for some Linux experts. Good thing they haven’t done anything to alienate themselves from that community, or something like that.

    @4 Dude, you’re like Hercule Poirot. You’ve solved the case, way to go! You should be twiddling your ‘stache right now.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. DrDamn

    These were SOE employees responsible for the SOE network, not PSN.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Gekidami

    ^ You dont expect facts like that to get in the way of a law suit for money, do you?

    #8 3 years ago
  9. DrDamn

    I think the lawsuit may well be SOE customers, just think this should be a little clearer in the article. This is no where near as bad as the EG article mind.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. OlderGamer

    Didn’t SOE get hit too? I wasn’t able to play my EQII extended for a while back then.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. DrDamn

    Yep, why these articles even mention PSN is a bit of a mystery. Separate networks.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. NeoSquall

    Well, these disgruntled former employees may have given vital informations to the hackers are be the attackers themselves.

    Who knows.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. TheWulf

    @4 – Any system can be hacked and yet Steam still stands solid. Will you look at that. There’s a contradiction in there somewhere but I’ll be damned if I can find it! :P

    I’m also mildly proud that none of my details were in any of the leaks. I’m not entirely sure how I dodged that many bullets when others hadn’t, but hey, it still feels rather good.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Christopher Jack

    @13, You assumption that Steam is completely hack proof baffles me after services like Paypal & bank networks have been hacked, not to mention the multiple government agencies. At least reports of PSN accounts being hacked have remained minimal.

    #14 3 years ago

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