Report: New York State Subpoenas Sony Over Breach

The New York Attorney General subpoenaed Sony over the data breach of its Playstation and Sony Online Entertainment networks, Bloomberg reports.

Citing a person familiar with the probe, Bloomberg reports that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is looking into the data breach and seeking information on what Sony told customers about the security of their networks. The probe is part of a consumer protection inquiry, according to the report.

Speaking with Kotaku last week, a spokesperson with the Federal Trade Commission said the guarantees made by Sony, or any company, about the protection of personal information and credit card data is typically why the FTC gets involved in data breach cases. At issue is whether a company made direct or implied guarantees about data safety and in so doing, misled a consumer, essentially through false advertising.

Earlier this week, Sony Computer Entertainment’s Kaz Hirai detailed to congress in a letter how the intrusion in their networks was first detected, the steps the company is taking to investigate it and prevent further breaches and why it took so long for Sony to notify customers. Sony also noted that during the break in someone left a file on a Sony server named “Anonymous” with the words “We are Legion.”

On Sunday, Hirai told the world, during a press conference, that the company plans to have parts of the Playstation Network back online this week. Sony officials reaffirmed that timeline to Kotaku yesterday.

Sony Said to Be Subpoenaed by New York State After PlayStation Data Breach [Bloomberg]

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