Sony subpoenaed by N.Y. Attorney General

Sony just this week responded to questions from congress regarding the PSN and SOE breaches that resulted in a massive amount of user data, including the details of thousands of credit cards, being stolen. Now the company is apparently facing a subpoena from the New York Attorney General.

The New York Times reports that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has issued a subpoena to three separate divisions of Sony — Sony Computer Entertainment America, Sony Network Entertainment and Sony Online Entertainment. Schneiderman's subpoena carries a similar request to the letter sent by congress last week: he wants to know how Sony is protecting its customers’ personal information.

Sony has already replied to congress with a lengthy letter revealing several new pieces of information regarding the breach that saw the personal information of 77 million users stolen, including how it plans to prevent future attacks and its policies regarding data retention and and data security practices. Considering this, we’re curious to learn whether or not Sony will have anything left to disclose to the Attorney General. Still, the company does plan to respond; speaking to the New York Times, Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Social Media at Sony, Patrick Seybold, said they would review the request.

"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 told the Times. 

The news comes on the same day as a press release from anonymous denying it was involved in any credit card theft.

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  • Makes sense -- they want to find out if this was the result of conscious negligence on Sony's part. E.g. if their engineers have already warned their managers about glaring security holes and were suppressed as often happens.
  • If any engineer comes out and said that yes, they knew about it and did nothing, that is one brace engineer.
  • N.Y. seems to be the only jurisdiction left in America that cares about consumers. I'm surprised Sony wasn't offered a tax subsidy for their negligence.