With the Sony PlayStation Network down, it's apparently affected more than just United States users. Recent reports note that now, Canada and Britain will both be investigating this recent cyber hacking of the PSN service.
As reported at Vancouver Sun, Canada's Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart and her office will be investigating the security breach. One of Stoddart's spokespeople indicated that their office had not been notified of this breach. Apparently, Sony decided to handle this situation "in-house" with its own investigation assisted by the FBI.
Valerie Lawton, representing Stoddart's office in Canada, said via email:
We are currently looking into this matter and are seeking information from Sony. We will determine next steps once we have a full understanding of the incident.
The security hack was apparently known about by the Sony company about a week ago. The breach not only left PSN down, but also included customer dataÂ—such as birthdays, names, addresses, and even credit card infoÂ—being stolen. Now that users have heard about it, all of this is not sitting well with some filing lawsuits. Several states have also got into the action against Sony on behalf of consumers as well.
Reuters reports that Britain's Information Commissioner's Office is also in contact with Sony over its handling of the breach.
It's quite apparent that with over 75 million users on the Sony Playstation Network, this down time has reached worldwide. Now Sony will be facing some serious legal repercussions over its lack of a responsible effort regarding this network hack. There's no surprise here, especially after how Sony handled this issue, regardless of how big or small the amount of data stolen was.