The first lawsuit resulting from the PSN security breach has been filed, and is seeking class action status.
A lawsuit was filed today on behalf of Kristopher Johns of Birmingham, Alabama, CNet reports. Johns accuses Sony of not taking "reasonable care to protect, encrypt and secure the private and sensitive data of its users."
Johns also takes issue with the amount of time Sony took to notify him and the other 75 million PSN subscribers of the security breach, alleging that customers were not able "to make an informed decision as to whether to change credit card numbers, close the exposed accounts, check their credit reports, or take other mitigating actions."
The lawsuit is seeking both monetary compensation and free credit card monitoring, echoing the sentiments of Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat who wrote a concerned letter to Jack Tretton of SCEA yesterday. Blumenthal called for Sony to provide customers with financial data security services, including free access to credit reporting services for two years to protect against identity theft.
The lawsuit is seeking class action status, which will entitle all affected customers to some form of compensation, depending on the outcome.