May 4, 2011

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Sony’s Response to the US House of Representatives

Sony’s Response to the US House of Representatives

Sony responded to the call from the US House of Representatives to answer questions in regards to the data breaches due to the recent hacking of the PSN and SOE.

Sony informed the the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce 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.

If we can believe what they said is true, it means several things:

  • Anonymous either lied about being behind the attack, or the person(s) responsible are either hiding behind Anonymous’ name, or believe they are attacking on behalf (if independently) of the hacking group.
  • Credit card information may not have been stolen; or, if so, it hasn’t been used (at least not yet).
  • Sony is doing what they can to prevent this from happening again, and to help those affected.

Personally, I am ready for this all to be over, especially if it can blow over with few lasting repercussions (i.e., no one has credit or identity issues as a result).  That may be too much to ask, but who knows.  Still, if Anonymous really was behind all of this, despite their original denials, then that’s just sh*tty in my opinion.  All of this hurts Sony, yes, but it definitely hurts gamers much, much more.  And Sony isn’t going to bring back Other OS because of all of  this, either.

[Source: PlayStation Blog]