Congress to Question Sony-Updated


With everything going on, it is no surprise that our government (US) wants answers before allowing a company who has just suffered one of the biggest hits ever to clarify a few things before resuming service. First, we kill Osama, and now they are concerned about Americans’ private data; about time they do something, eh? Senator Richard Blumenthal had demanded some questions earlier, as posted last week. The questions they will ask Sony read as follows:

– When was Sony aware of the unauthorized and illegal intrusion?
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– How did the company become aware of the security breach?
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– As a result of the breach, what type of information was obtained by the hackers, and how did you deduce what information was taken?
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– How many account holders for PSN have credit card information linked with Sony Computer Entertainment?
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– Please specify why you do not think credit card data was stolen and how you can determine the fact that it was not taken.

Gamespot has received confirmation from Sony that they will not be present due to the ongoing investigation into the breach of security. The above questions were made public via the New York Times. Might want to get a hold of that paper for nostalgic reasons :). How do you feel about the government poking its nose in on the situation?

UPDATE
Sony has responded to Congress. Heres the following statement

In summary, we told the subcommittee that in dealing with this cyber attack we followed four key principles:

1. Act with care and caution.
2. Provide relevant information to the public when it has been verified.
3. Take responsibility for our obligations to our customers.
4. Work with law enforcement authorities.

We also informed the subcommittee of the following:

* Sony has been the victim of a very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack.
* We discovered that the intruders had planted a file on one of our Sony Online Entertainment servers named “Anonymous” with the words “We are Legion.”
* By April 25, forensic teams were able to confirm the scope of the personal data they believed had been taken, and could not rule out whether credit card information had been accessed. On April 26, we notified customers of those facts.
* As of today, the major credit card companies have not reported any fraudulent transactions that they believe are the direct result of this cyber attack.
* Protecting individuals’ personal data is the highestpriority and ensuring that the Internet can be made secure for commerce is also essential. Worldwide, countries and businesses will have to come together to ensure the safety of commerce over the Internet and find ways to combat cybercrime and cyber terrorism.
* We are taking a number of steps to prevent future breaches, including enhanced levels of data protection and encryption; enhanced ability to detect software intrusions, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns; additional firewalls; establishment of a new data center in an undisclosed location with increased security; and the naming of a new Chief Information Security Officer.

We told the subcommittee about our intent to offer complimentary identity theft protection to U.S. account holders and detailed the “Welcome Back” program that includes free downloads, 30 days of free membership in the
PlayStation Plus premium subscription service; 30 days of free service for Music Unlimited subscribers; and extending PlayStation Plus and Music Unlimited subscriptions for the number of days services were unavailable.

We are working around the clock to have some PlayStation Network services restored and we’ll be providing specific details shortly. We hope this update is helpful to you, and we will continue to keep you posted as we work to restore our network and provide you with both the entertainment and the security you deserve.

Source:PSBlog

So what do you think? You happy with Sony’s responses?

Source:Gamespot


Written by: Jason - News Contributor


  1. #1 by Sakinah on May 3rd, 2011 [ 26489 Points ]

    I can think of dozens of other things the US goverment needs to be focused on other than this.

  2. #2 by Andy Nguyen on May 3rd, 2011 [ 150 Points ]

    *flips a table*

  3. #3 by GeneticMania on May 3rd, 2011 [ 1450 Points ]

    *sips tea & watches the world burn* Hmmm, bright.

  4. #4 by cz on May 3rd, 2011

    lol at “before allowing them to continue service”. nice spin, you should work for faux news or something. This blog is so ridiculous, the ps3 fanboys will stop at nothing to make sony look good it’s sickening.

    of course the government will be involved in one of the biggest privacy breaches in history…

  5. #5 by xDeFcoN_2FasT4Ux on May 3rd, 2011 [ 2160 Points ]

    US gov is really stupid at times. They have better things to worry bout. They are taking advantage in a way “i think” they sue to get money!!!! idk im just sayin random stuff

  6. #6 by Jay on May 3rd, 2011 [ 83111 Points ]

    I think the US Congress thing is a bit ridiculous. I don’t think Sony has to go in person, as those questions can easily be answered off-hand by Sony if they want answers so bad. Maybe what Congress should do is actually work on bettering the country, not attacking a corporation which is, at least, trying to fix the problem.

  7. #7 by LooNiBiN on May 3rd, 2011

    So Sony’s about to flip the switch back on for us and now Congress steps in and are not “allowing” them to do so? WTF?! Just give me my games back already!!

  8. #8 by cz on May 3rd, 2011

    “So Sony’s about to flip the switch back on for us and now Congress steps in and are not “allowing” them to do so? WTF?! Just give me my games back already!! ”

    you are truly clinically retarded

  9. #9 by Mr_Wigglez on May 3rd, 2011

    Psn better come back online tmrrw PLZ!!

  10. #10 by dave on May 3rd, 2011

    I dont thank the PSN online will be up anytime soon now, with congress now in it, I look for it to be up next year lol but I wouldnt thank the PSN online will be up any this week or next week but I could be wrong.

  11. #11 by anonymous on May 3rd, 2011

    cz:of course the government will be involved in one of the biggest privacy breaches in history…  

    ^THIS

    *ignoring the stupid bandwagon fox news bashing (which nobody cares about)*

  12. #12 by Baba0Booey on May 3rd, 2011 [ 5938 Points ]

    cz: of course the government will be involved in one of the biggest privacy breaches in history…  

    this is hardly the biggest privacy breach in history.

  13. #13 by hobbes on May 3rd, 2011 [ 30466 Points ]

    wonderful, congress needs to get the crap out of the way, it will only delay sony getting done what it needs to get done.

  14. #14 by Jcmdaddy on May 3rd, 2011 [ 64797 Points ]

    I think the “Doesn’t the U.S. have better things to do?” comments are null, considering this is the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade. Which IS their specific kind of area. It’s not like the Senate is meeting up to speak to Sony, it’s a part of the Government whose JOB is to do little things like this.

    So it’s not that they’re taking away from other issues that other agencies deal with. That doesn’t mean I think it’s a waste of time perhaps. Considering Homeland Security and the FBI are involved with helping Sony, the Government would want to ask questions regarding why they’re needed in the first place.

  15. #15 by dave on May 3rd, 2011

    Wow people deal with it, is online your DRUG? I mean people cant wait to get back online not just here but everywere people saying cant wait to get back online, saying god Sony you suck you need to trun online back on now and fu@# Sony Iam getting a Xbox 360 to play some COD online etc… ONLINE PLAY IS YOUR DRUG even if you dont thank so, and that may be big problems with you, that is the same and snorting coke and or taking crack, it goes with TVs and computers, oh god their are some big huge computer addicts out their that cant live 1 day if their computer took a dump. I have realized that their are many addicts since this PSN hack and never saw that untill a day ago, Iam glad I can wait for PSN to come up, AND NOT TRYING TO START ANYTHING HERE but you would not realize it if are a online addict and you would refuse saying your not.

  16. #16 by cz on May 3rd, 2011

    jfc droolers, a senator sending a letter to sony on behalf of his constituents has absolutely nothing to do with future psn downtime

  17. #17 by cz on May 3rd, 2011

    “this is hardly the biggest privacy breach in history. ”

    yes, it is

  18. #18 by Green on May 3rd, 2011 [ 315 Points ]

    Identity theft is a big deal, and I dont see any problem at all with Congress keeping Sony, or any company that is entrusted with consumers private data, honest about what they’re doing with the data. I understand it may not be their fault that they were hacked, or that the data was stolen but the questions about the timing and accuracy of notifying their users are legitimate. If they didn’t know until they told us, and what they’ve told us until now is the whole stroy, fine let Sony say that and everybody can move on. But to not even ask is to essentially “meh, do whatever you want Sony. it doesn’t matter if thousands of consumers have to spend the next few years trying to clean up their credit reports, when you could have prevented it- whatever’s best for your bottom line is a. o.k. with us!”

  19. #19 by Jason on May 3rd, 2011 [ 26201 Points ]

    Jay: I think the US Congress thing is a bit ridiculous. I don’t think Sony has to go in person, as those questions can easily be answered off-hand by Sony if they want answers so bad. Maybe what Congress should do is actually work on bettering the country, not attacking a corporation which is, at least, trying to fix the problem.  

    What about hmmmm burning Brewer? She is essentially Hitler

  20. #20 by Los Lobos on May 3rd, 2011

    Osama !haha! So there not going to turn it on anytime soon?

  21. #21 by BLOODYICECREAM on May 4th, 2011 [ 374 Points ]

    I have never once agreed with one of Dave’s comments…I don’t like that dude…

  22. #22 by Tasty_Nachos on May 4th, 2011

    Its good they are putting their nose in it, might actually push sony to do some work and get the server back up and running!!

  23. #23 by dave on May 4th, 2011

    @Bloody,

    Well your not the first one it doesnt like me DUDE, I tell how I feel about things and what Iam thanking at that point and time, and Iam glad you dont agree with my comments cause most of my comments strikes a nerve on people but it proves to me myself and I that Iam right on some of the things I say, like the (online thing) most people can not wait to get back online, and getting all pissy about Sony not getting it done fast enough and the PSN thing does suck, but maybe people need to get out a little more now enjoy the fresh air enjoy walking in the woods etc… and most that I have to say does and can be very blunt and to the point, even if it people agree or disagree even if its sounds complete crap, so I guess you didnt like my last comment well its true DUDE, people are online addicts plan and pure simple.

  24. #24 by dave on May 4th, 2011

    or should I say lots of people not everybody.

  25. #25 by dave on May 4th, 2011

    Thats why people are getting impatient with Sony use your head what else would it be? and no its nothing to do with this hack its the point they can not get online and a little bit to do with the hack.

  26. #26 by dave on May 4th, 2011

    I would love to see you or anybody else get this all up and running faster then what Sony is trying to do, it easier said then done and I have never pointed any fingers to anyone here for as I know their may not be anybody here that just loves online play so I could be talking out my butt.

  27. #27 by BLOODYICECREAM on May 4th, 2011 [ 374 Points ]

    @dave no need to mock me. Sony can take as long as they want, it really makes no difference to me (but I hope that they get things fixed and back up and that they can cover their losses somehow). I just like to sync my trophies. I agree that some people are being really stupid about this whole thing. I just happen to think that you come across as an ass in your comments sometimes. But really, who cares? I’m glad that you have your opinion and I have mine.

  28. #28 by BLOODYICECREAM on May 4th, 2011 [ 374 Points ]

    @dave I do like you by the way…if that doesn’t sound too weird…not that you should care. Yeah..I respect you.

  29. #29 by dave on May 4th, 2011

    @Bloody,

    Iam sorry, I felt I needed to explain a little bit of my opioion, and we do all have are own little opioions about things like you said, and sorry if you thank I come across like an ass, and trophies hell I like that too, to show off to the world, but to say who cares well you did or you would have never said what you said, but lets forget it and move on, one more thing I do put comments in when it has nothing to do what the post blog it self is about, but I only state my opioion only if someone else is talking about something else on that post blog that has nothing to do with that post blog its self.

  30. #30 by BLOODYICECREAM on May 4th, 2011 [ 374 Points ]

    @dave Well we’re past it. Anyway in relation to the post…I see why Congress would want to question Sony…but they (Sony) have my full and complete faith and trust that everything will work out fine for everyone and things will go back to normal and the PS3 will beat the Wii and Microsoft will suffer a resonance cascade…but seriously, Sony will make everything right.

  31. #31 by dave on May 4th, 2011

    @bloody,

    Well no doubt congress would want to question Sony about this, its now in the hands of the government, its that bad maybe not the worst but bad, Iam not a PS3 online player that much Iam more on my steam acct. to play online like the L4D games, and yes Sony will pull out of this, just not in peoples time frames, but that doesnt make me an ass of what I say and I hope they will get it up soon and Iam sure it will go back to normal and its the point for me not much of the online part but the point of the hack its self, and not many people cares about the hack its self but its all about the online play what people cant wait for, and now with congress it might be down for 2 or 3 more weeks and I said might and guess what people are now even more piss about that and again they are more piss about online play wont be up in their time frames, go to gamespot.com look at those piss off comments people are saying, WHAT no online WHAT stupid congress now on this I guess that means no online play soon, over half those comments on that gamesite has those comments but not the hack it self very few say I feel bad for Sony I hope they get this back up soon etc… and yes I will keep my faith for Sony besides its not their fault could have happen to the 360 or steam and all the fan boys of the PS3 would talk about the 360 hack, that is most of all comments are about cant wait for online and the 360 fanboys talking about uhhhh ohhh that never happen to Microsoft, but on a good note lol I like my Wii too lol.

  32. #32 by dave on May 4th, 2011

    dont talk about the WII lol.

  33. #33 by BLOODYICECREAM on May 4th, 2011 [ 374 Points ]

    @dave lol the Wii…way too hit or miss for me. Really only played Brawl anyway…I was raised on PS so never cared much for Nintendo…but the Wii was fun…with a room full of friends. …and man the hack sucks! Real dicks whoever did it…I feel bad for Sony..they reeeeally didn’t need this. Hey, maybe sometime we can co op Portal 2 (when psn returns of course).

  34. #34 by dave on May 4th, 2011

    And I always liked the PS from the start 16 years ago and got the PSone the first week it came out same goes with PS2 and lol and the PS3 2 years after it came out cause of the price $700.00 so yeah I like Sony and their TVs and DVD players.

  35. #35 by BLOODYICECREAM on May 4th, 2011 [ 374 Points ]

    @dave I think Sony makes the best stuff! I remember getting the PSone for christmas when I was a kid…same with the PS2…and the PS3..with the Wii (in 2007). I do wish I had an N64 (for Banjo and Mariokart/world). Also, I’ve only ever had Sony TVs, and my one DVD player (before I got the PS3) was Sony. So I guess I’m something of a Sony fan(boy). :)

  36. #36 by Eddie on May 4th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    this is NOT the largest security breach ever.

    Cardsystem Solutions – 40 million credit cards stolen.
    TJX Companies – 100 million records stolen.
    Hannaford Brothers Supermarket – 40 million credit cards stolen.
    Heartland Payment Systems – 134 million records stolen.
    Government National Archives – 76 million veteran records stolen.

    Out of Sony’s possible 102 million accounts. Only about 30-40 million were not duplicates or had real information. Only 900 credit cards are in any jeopardy whatsoever from the SOE side.

  37. #37 by dave on May 4th, 2011

    I like the Wii cause of the old classic Nintendo games and have about 10 pages full on my SD card full of the classic SNES, Sega, Turbo Graphis 16 games I was born when all the games hit big time and I mean big time, so those game consoles made what you like now and was born into like the PSone and well the PS3, I wonder how it would be now if it wasnt for the 2 bit Atari games and Nintendo or the Commodore 64 and the old Atari made the very first game console ever back in the mid 70s so to me Atari is king of game consoles lol now I wouldnt get it now since you was born in the PSone days cause you will hate them and the old Nintendo games etc… and I dont have Portal 2 yet but might get it after this is all done and back running.

  38. #38 by dave on May 4th, 2011

    The co op for Portal 2? I guess you like me now uhh lol Iam sorry lol, I have no problems with that.

  39. #39 by BLOODYICECREAM on May 4th, 2011 [ 374 Points ]

    @dave No, no, no! I LOVE the Atari! I still play my dad’s original 2600! My girlfriend has a SNES that we play all the time too…my favorite game EVER is the original Space Invaders…which I can’t find anywhere -_- …it’s just that when I was a kid in the nineties the new consoles were the N64 and the PSone..but man I love the classics. My friend cracked his Wii and has a zillion games (NES, indie, whatever..) that we play a lot. It’s just that Sony appeals the most to my tastes (all black, no Nintendogs, no Reggie Fils-aime).

  40. #40 by BLOODYICECREAM on May 4th, 2011 [ 374 Points ]

    need to stop using “..it’s just that..”

  41. #41 by dave on May 4th, 2011

    @Bloody,

    Riiiiiiight well it was the Nintendo back then I mean it was like the PS when it first came out, the 8bit Nintendo came out after the Atari and everybody loved it and said hey I dont like the Atari anymore its all about the Nintendo, then came alone the Sega everybody loved it then the SNES about 2 years later again everybody loved it and just keeps going so Nintendo was the PS in the 80s cause it was the best looking games anybody has ever seen it was the best, and now you have the 360 and PS3 and its the best looking console games you ever seen and when they make the PS4 lol you will look at the old PS3 games and go wow and I loved these graphics back then they will only get better looking, see the PSone will always be something you can brag about in 35 years from now and you can say yeah I grow up on the PSone that was great looking games back then man I loved it, now I have the PS 5000 lol.

  42. #42 by dave on May 4th, 2011

    Glad you liked the classic games not many people that was born in the PSone days like them much, lol they go ohhhhhhhh my jeeezzzz people like these games back then, how could they they suck big monkey balls the graphics suck bad lol.

  43. #43 by dave on May 4th, 2011

    @Bloody,

    Saw your comment just now didnt know you put it up, that you said you like me, well Iam glad you do and I dont thank thats a weird thing and Iam not here to be a bad guy and glad it could be peace with us, I hate flame wars anyway even if I start them sometimes but not very often, I do only if I feel like that I need to stand up and fight for of what I thank dont know if thats a good thing or bad thing lol.

  44. #44 by Royalty32 on May 4th, 2011

    A week and a half and still no psn. Sony better be throwin in a free game as well as the 30 day psn. If this goes on longer than a month bye bye Sony, i definitly will be buying a 360.

  45. #45 by GeneticMania on May 4th, 2011 [ 1450 Points ]

    @cz

    Shut up nerd. Seriously, you’re just making yourself look idiotic.

  46. #46 by GeneticMania on May 4th, 2011 [ 1450 Points ]

    @dave

    Same goes for you. You argue to much, and nobody cares about your opinions. This is the internet, no one values your opinions here. My opinions > Your opinions.

  47. #47 by Eddie on May 4th, 2011 [ 44542 Points ]

    Royalty32:

    A week and a half and still no psn. Sony better be throwin in a free game as well as the 30 day psn. If this goes on longer than a month bye bye Sony, i definitly will be buying a 360.  

    ^

    If you want a 360, go get one. Great console.

  48. #48 by Jason on May 4th, 2011 [ 26201 Points ]

    Eddie:
    If you want a 360, go get one.Great console.  

    I have 7 broken ones if anybody needs parts

  49. #49 by Jason on May 4th, 2011 [ 26201 Points ]

    dave: @Bloody,Riiiiiiight well it was the Nintendo back then I mean it was like the PS when it first came out, the 8bit Nintendo came out after the Atari and everybody loved it and said hey I dont like the Atari anymore its all about the Nintendo, then came alone the Sega everybody loved it then the SNES about 2 years later again everybody loved it and just keeps going so Nintendo was the PS in the 80s cause it was the best looking games anybody has ever seen it was the best, and now you have the 360 and PS3 and its the best looking console games you ever seen and when they make the PS4 lol you will look at the old PS3 games and go wow and I loved these graphics back then they will only get better looking, see the PSone will always be something you can brag about in 35 years from now and you can say yeah I grow up on the PSone that was great looking games back then man I loved it, now I have the PS 5000 lol.  

    Dave-I see these old references to past consoles by many people and Im curious. Was I the only one to get the panasonic 3do? The atari jaguar? The philips cdi? The neo geo? I owned them all and everytime somebody makes a past sytem reference none of the above are ever mentioned. I think the Panasonic 3do was revolutionary. I still play games on it from time to time.

  50. #50 by GeneticMania on May 4th, 2011 [ 1450 Points ]

    ahhh the 3do, that takes me way back.

  51. #51 by Pedro on May 4th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Jason:
    I have 7 broken ones if anybody needs parts  

    lmfao!

    Really?

  52. #52 by dave on May 4th, 2011

  53. #53 by dave on May 4th, 2011

    @Jason,

    Yes I played those as well, they were never that good and popular thats whay nobody ever says anything about them, Atari Jaguar burned up it was recalled, and evey since then Atari never been heard of and they have very few games out if any it all, the 3do sucked, philips sucked and Neo Geo ahh it was better the others it was ok.

  54. #54 by dave on May 4th, 2011

    @GeneticMania,

    one more thing dont read my comments then if you thank I argue to much you see my name look the other way.

  55. #55 by Pedro on May 4th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    dave: @GeneticMania,one more thing dont read my comments then if you thank I argue to much you see my name look the other way.  

    Just a free piece of advice: If you feel like you don’t want to be criticized and want people to skip your comments, try not making so many consecutive comments.

    You’re flooding the posts: you’ve made 18 comments on this post alone, and the majority of those are consecutive.

    You could easily sum it up in one single comment as everyone else does.

    Just saying…

  56. #56 by dave on May 4th, 2011

    @Pedro,

    Yeah I know I agree, but I never made 18 commments before and most those are not bad if you see my very first comment here now go read this blog from first to last and people will see why I say the things I do, theirs one maybe two that sounds like crap and the others Iam talking about are past consoles on this blog its self, the other blogs maybe 3 thats it, and if I sum it up it would be one huge comment so I would still get criticized.

  57. #57 by skullcrusher079 on May 5th, 2011

    I’m so bored I want to play already why is it taking to long?
    Come on we want the PSN back online.


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