The other problem with charges that happened after PSN was shut down, but before Sony made an official announcement, is that it’s hard to claim user fraud. If the user wasn’t aware their account details were at risk, Sony can’t rightly claim that these people are simply trying to milk the system by disputing charges they made.
Questions are now being raised by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the UK, and(D – CT ) in the United States as to what Sony knew and when and what they’re prepared to do for 77 million subscribers. This gives lie to Michael Pachter's it's just some hackers fooling around.
The firstwas also just filed in federal court in San Francisco seeking repayment of losses and reimbursement for credit monitoring services.
<UPDATE: Shacknews editor Garnett Lee : bummer, one of our writers just saw $1500 of charges at a grocery store in Germany hit his credit card. No way to be sure but the timing...>