updated 11:50 pm EDT, Sat May 28, 2011
Sony to explain PSN breach to Congress next week
Sony in a statement Saturday confirmed it would at last testify in front of Congress over the PlayStation Network hack in April. The company had refused the first time, arguing that it was too busy investigating the hack, but now said Sony Network Entertainment International head Tim Schaaff would present at a broader information security hearing on June 2. The company had already answered some issues in a letter, but its appearance in person would be appreciated, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack's spokesman, Ken Johnson, told the New York Times.
Epsilon, a third-party e-mail provider that had faced its own breach of personal login information, was also expected to be at the hearing, held by the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.
Despite starting to restore PSN just over three weeks after it went down, Sony has left some questions open, such as the culprits. Unofficial tips have hinted at a rogue Anonymous faction. Sony has also faced a slew of follow-up hacks or exploit discoveries with its websites that have suggested the company's security was comparatively loose.
To solve some of the immediate issues, Sony has been tightening up its security with more firewalls and other overall lockdowns. Customers are also getting free identity theft protection in the event that some of their leaked information was used to get access to other, much more vital data, like bank data or addresses. No financial data was known to have been taken from PSN itself.