Report: New York State AG Subpoenas Sony over Security Breach

May 5, 2011 -

According to this Bloomberg report, the New York State Attorney General has subpoenaed Sony over its ongoing security breach. Citing sources close to the situation, Bloomberg reports that New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is seeking further information on the security breach of Sony's PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment.

Specifically his department is taking a closer look at what Sony told customers about the security of its networks and when it told customers. The probe is supposedly part of a "consumer protection inquiry," according to the Bloomberg report.

From the report:

"Schneiderman is seeking information on what Sony told customers about the security of their networks, as part of a consumer protection inquiry, said the person familiar with the matter, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly."

Sony claims that it did not inform customers because it might cause confusion:

"Sony was concerned 'that announcing partial or tentative information to consumers could cause confusion and lead them to take unnecessary actions if the information was not fully corroborated by forensic evidence,' the company said in a letter today in response to questions about the breach from the U.S. House subcommittee on commerce and trade."

Source: Kotaku


Comments

Re: Report: New York State AG Subpoenas Sony over Security ...

you know, my bank sends me a letter every time they have a sercurity breach, even though every time they also have stated that no personal data was retrieved.

 

"Sony was concerned 'that announcing partial or tentative information to consumers could cause confusion and lead them to take unnecessary actions if the information was not fully corroborated by forensic evidence,''

 

So you could have told customers that there was a potential breach. I'm certain people wouldn't have minded taking their own actions to have their accounts watched while the situation was being figured out. Instead they chose to give their customers nothing and hoping it wasn't a big deal.

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Re: Report: New York State AG Subpoenas Sony over Security ...

When told nothing, one's mind can fill i nthe blanks with the worst possible scenarios.

Re: Report: New York State AG Subpoenas Sony over Security ...

...are you saying they should have said more or less? I'm missing your point apart from your wizard talk impression.

-Austin from Oregon

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