Lawsuit: Sony fired security employees before breach
Posted: 25.06.2011 07:04 by Comments: 10
The US class action lawsuit against Sony for its massive security breach back in mid-April accuses the company of a mass-firing of online security personnel just prior to the break-in.

According to the lawsuit, as related by

"Sony sought to cut its costs at the expense of its customers by terminating a significant number of employees immediately prior to the security breach, including personnel responsible for maintaining the security of the network.

"Just two weeks before the April breach, Sony laid off a substantial percentage of its Sony Online Entertainment workforce, including a number of employees in the Network Operations Center, which, according to Confidential Witness 2, is the group that is responsible for preparing for and responding to security breaches, and who ostensibly has the skills to bring the Network's security technology up-to-date," another part of the complaint states. SOE let 205 people go at the end of March and canceled The Agency.

"Sony was more concerned about their development server being hacked rather than some consumer's data being stolen," one witness said. "They want to protect themselves and not the people that use their servers."

This information is intriguing in light of a statement Sony boss Kaz Hirai made earlier in June to the UK Guardian, "As you probably know, when we made the announcement that we restored the services, we had moved the data centres and we basically have done everything to bring our practices at least in line with industry standards or better." This seems to indicate that the lawsuit may have a point.


By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jun 25, 2011
Also, I would not be surprised if some of the layed off staff would have....left the door open.
By PowerJack (SI Elite) on Jun 25, 2011
This is hilarious.
By JPerry06 (SI Core) on Jun 25, 2011
bit of a stupid thing to do, get rid of your security staff.

guess sony werent too impressed afterwards.
By bosnian_dragon (SI Core) on Jun 25, 2011
@SirRoderick - that's exactly what I thought of when I read the article.
By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Jun 25, 2011
Of course they do, because every company that has ever attempted making money is pure evil.....I'm quite honestly getting fed up with the whole left-wing, tree-hugging Bill Oddie section of people that say that sort of thing.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Jun 25, 2011
Way to shoot friends and influence people (with apologies to Mark "Chopper Reid, nut job that he is).
Try denying that you care more about yourselves than your customers now, Sony...I dare you.
By Revan (SI Elite) on Jun 26, 2011
Sony sure is a smart company, aren't they? :S
By bosnian_dragon (SI Core) on Jun 26, 2011
It's quite possibly a revenge by the fired staff...
By Odynee (SI Veteran Member) on Jun 26, 2011
i've got tired from sony's stupid actions