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Report: New York Subpoenas Sony Over Network Breach
Report: New York Subpoenas Sony Over Network Breach
May 5, 2011 | By Kris Graft




New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman subpoenaed Sony over the PlayStation Network and Sony Online security breach that has compromised millions of users' personal information, according to a new report.

Bloomberg on Wednesday cited a "person familiar" with the probe, which seeks information on the data breaches as well as Sony's "representations made to customers."

As part of a "consumer protection inquiry," the attorney general intends to closely examine what Sony told its customers in regards to the security of Sony networks, according to the report.

Sony Computer Entertainment America spokesperson Patrick Seybold told Bloomerg that "we will review and respond to this request and will continue to work with law enforcement authorities as they investigate the criminal attack on our networks."

The PSN breach, a cyber attack which Sony said occurred sometime between April 16 and 19, was discovered by Sony on April 20, with the company shutting down its PSN and Qriocity online services the next day.

On April 26, Sony informed users that the attack compromised personal data of around 77 million accounts, with credit card information possibly compromised. Sony said it was unaware that personal information was stolen until April 25.

Days later, Sony Online Entertainment, developer and operator games such as EverQuest and DC Online Universe, confirmed that 24.6 million more accounts, including 12,700 credit cards numbers, were also compromised. PSN and SOE's Station.com are still down, with some services expected to come back gradually in the coming days.


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