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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?

– How did the company become aware of the security breach?

– As a result of the breach, what type of information was obtained by the hackers, and how did you deduce what information was taken?

– How many account holders for PSN have credit card information linked with Sony Computer Entertainment?

– 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?

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.


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