The Sony Playstation Network is still down and a big legal storm front is building up around the globe because of the stolen user data.
The Playstation Network is now down since April 19. Hackers broke in and stole 77 million user account data. It is still not clear if credit card data i stolen as well. There are reports that credit card data is shopped around, but this cannot be confirmed. Sony took the ultimate measure and switched off the service. In their latest Q&A Sony says that they are thinking about ways to show appreciation to Playstation users for their extraordinary patience. In the meantime Reuters reports about legal actions against Sony that are starting to form around the globe.
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Lawsuits have been already filed in the United States, but also government agencies around the world are looking into this. If Sony manages to appease most users it maybe is avoiding class action lawsuits.
Why is this important?
You need to wary about your credit card accounts if you are PSN user and have given Sony your CC information. The whole PSN hacking disaster is raising awareness of the security issues of cloud services. Just imagine iTunes gets hacked like PSN. I am pretty sure Apple is double checking their security measures right now.