Sony hit with lawsuits over PSN hackings

55 lawsuits hit Sony while insurance company refuses to accept responsibility
Matthew Turner

July 22, 2011

Sony has been hit with 55 lawsuits in relation to the data compromised during the PlayStation Network hacking earlier this year.

The news comes from Sony’s insurance company, Zurich American, who are also suing in order to avoid responsibility.

ZU have asked a court based in New York to rule that they have no liability to cover the defence costs of Sony throughout the forthcoming legal cases.

Approximately 100 million users of Sony’s PSN had their personal details, including those of a financial nature, stolen by hackers.

It has been reported that around 12.3 million credit card numbers were obtained during the hackings, something that Sony has refused to deny.

According to the insurance firm, Sony has requested claims for coverage under the terms of a ‘commercial general liability’ policy.

But ZU have stated that they have no legal obligation to defend Sony, as their agreement does not cover digital attacks.

Specific details of the legal claims filed or set to file have not be released at this moment.

Sony has previously stated that they believe the hackings that led to the downtime of the PSN amounting to over a period of several weeks, has cost them around £106 million.


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