Sony Faces Class Action Suit Over Data Security

Sony is beginning to face the consequences of what was one of the largest data breaches in history. Last week, the Sony Play Station Network was hacked into causing a shut down of a gaming network that is three times the size of NetFlix. Now users are taking action.

Alabama resident Kristopher Johns filed the first class action lawsuit against Sony in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Information Week has more: “The lawsuit alleges that Sony ‘failed to encrypt data and establish adequate firewalls to handle a server intrusion contingency, failed to provide prompt and adequate warnings of security breaches, and unreasonably delayed in bringing the PSN service back on line.’ It also accused Sony of violating the Payment Card Industry (PCI) security standard, which prohibits companies from storing cardholder data.”

With this kind of data breach happening on Sony’s gaming network, I’m wondering how safe your information is in the Sony book store. Or in iBooks, Kindle and Nook for that matter. All of these stores let you easily store your credit card information so that you can download eBooks with one click, but perhaps it would be safer not to store this information with these companies and instead get out your credit card each time you want to shop. It might cut down on impulse buys as well.