updated 06:55 am EDT, Thu May 5, 2011
Eric Schneiderman issues subpoena to Sony
The New York Attorney General has demanded that Sony divulge information to his department regarding how it protects customers' personal information. While Sony has refused to testify to Congress about the massive data breach it suffered at the hands of hackers, Eric Schneiderman has taken a legal tack, issuing the company a subpoena.
The subpoena is directed at three Sony divisions including Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony Network Entertainment and Sony Online Entertainment. The NY Times suggests that Sony might have some explaining to do as underground hacker forums have claimed that Sony's server protection software was out of date and that its network security was thin. This led to over 77 million users having their personal information including passwords, email accounts, birth dates, addresses and more fall into the hands of unauthorized third-parties.
In response to the subpoena, Sony's Patrick Seybold understandably tried to deflect the attention to the behavior of the hackers, rather than apologizing for the flaws in its network that permitted what is one of the largest data breaches in history.
"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," Seybold wrote to the NY Times in an email.
Sony has been trying hard to quell the media firestorm the security debacle has created. Just a few days ago, Sony's Kaz Hirai fronted the world's media to explain the situation and how Sony would try appease its customers.