The PlayStation Network has been down for quite some time now, and while Sony has no idea when the service will be back up, Sony has been investigating the issue.
They recently warned that during the downtime, users might find their personal information susceptible to "malicious actions," and after the hacking attempt, Sony opted to shut down its PSN and Qriocity services and employ a "recognized security firm" for help. Despite their warnings, the company hasn't confirmed whether any personal/credit card information was actually compromised.
Seems everyone is out to get Sony over their PSN troubles, too. Overseas, the UKs Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has begun conducting their own investigation and questioning Sony's ability to protect its userbase, while here in the States, a lawsuit has been filed on behalf of an irate Alabama resident demanding various compensation from the company.
36-year-old Kristopher Johnson of Burmingham, Alabama, is the latest thorn in Sony's side, though he's going about it in a perfectly legal manner. A suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on behalf of Johnson and accuses Sony of failing to take "reasonable care to protect, encrypt, and secure the private and sensitive data of its users." He's also claiming that Sony took way too long in notifying customers of the security risks.
And what does Mr. Johnson want from all this? Monetary compensation (read: money) and free credit card monitoring.