Report: Homeland Security Helping with PSN Investigation

April 29, 2011 -

According to this Gamasutra report, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is helping investigate the security breach of PlayStation Network that exposed millions of PSN users' personal data and credit card information to unauthorized intruders.

"The Department of Homeland Security is aware of the recent cyber intrusion to Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity music service," DHS spokesman Chris Ortman told government technology site NextGov. "DHS' U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team [CERT] is working with law enforcement, international partners and Sony to assess the situation."

Sony announced earlier this week that some PSN user data may have been stolen by unknown hackers earlier this month. They also said that credit card information may have been stolen. The FBI joined the investigation yesterday and 22 Attorneys-general have sent letters to Sony asking for answers.

Source: Gamasutra


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Re: Report: Homeland Security Helping with PSN Investigation

Yahoo! article this morning:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110501/ap_on_bi_ge/as_japan_sony_playstation

"Sony said account information, including names, birth dates, email addresses and log-in information, was compromised for players using its PlayStation Network. Hirai asked all users to change their passwords.

Hirai reiterated what the company said last week — that even though it had no direct evidence the data were even taken, it cannot rule out the possibility.

He said data from 10 million credit cards were believed to be involved, and that Sony still does not know whether information was stolen."

Re: Report: Homeland Security Helping with PSN Investigation

Its good to see them being used to chase real criminals and not modchip sellers.


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Re: Report: Homeland Security Helping with PSN Investigation

"...that exposed millions of PSN users' personal data and credit card information to unauthorized intruders."

Wait.  So it was confirmed that credit card numbers were stolen?  Where?

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Re: Report: Homeland Security Helping with PSN Investigation

That's what i've been wondering since a lot of articles are stating it like it's fact despite CC companies and sony saying there was no evidence they were in fact stolen.

All we've got so far (that i know of) is one guy out $2k without any proof it was directly caused by PSN other than the timing and unconfirmed rumors the data's being sold.

Of course the rumor also states the CV numbers are being sold with the numbers which as Sony and a lot of other people have mentioned, they don't store or ask it.

My guess is what the article means is exposed in the sense that they COULD have gotten to it but...yeah that's bad wording. 

Re: Report: Homeland Security Helping with PSN Investigation

Don't be amazed if other mayor law enforcement organizzations from other countries jump into the fray. The gloves are starting to come off.

Re: Report: Homeland Security Helping with PSN Investigation

Now that I think about it, I wonder if the community is doing a sort of hunt too.

Re: Report: Homeland Security Helping with PSN Investigation

Wait, DHS got CERT?  That kinda sucks....

Still, this is right up CERT's alley so I can't blame them for poking their nose in.

Re: Report: Homeland Security Helping with PSN Investigation

Good.  Now that they've called in the cavalry hopefully it's only a matter of time before these scum are caught.

Regardless of the outcome though, I'm still checking my recent transactions several times a day and I'm definitely not paying for anything on PSN with anything other than a pre-paid card anymore.

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Re: Report: Homeland Security Helping with PSN Investigation

Hehe, damn those jerkwads did it now.

 
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