Another team added to Sony’s PSN investigation

Wednesday, 4th May 2011 02:53 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sony has added a third security firm to its PlayStation Network attack investigation, alongside US Homeland Security and the FBI.

Reuters reports Data Forte is the latest company to join the hunt, a private firm under the command of a former member of the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Earlier in the week, Sony listed Guidance Software and Protiviti as contributing to ongoing analysis of the attacks. Law firm Baker & McKenzie is also on board.

The FBI and US Homeland Security are also involved. Major credit companies are expected to conduct their own investigations, if they haven’t already.

The PSN has been down for over two weeks following hacker activity and the compromise of user details, while Sony Online Entertainment has outed the suspected loss of thousands of stored credit card details. Australian and US congressional hearings have been called over the matter.



  1. Alakratt

    i hope they get them “Bin Laden style” LOL i know i know wishful thinking

    #1 4 years ago

    As soon as Sony manage to finally sort this mess out (if they ever do), I can see people trying to sue them for ‘allowing‘ their data to get stolen.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Christopher Jack

    NCIS is real?

    #3 4 years ago
  4. theevilaires

    Sue all they want lawyer and legal fees aren’t cheap and as long as their was no harm done to their personal accounts that link to this issue they don’t have shit on SONY. They need to be trying to sue M$ for purposely releasing faulty hardware and not confessing to the world “AFTER TWO YEARS” and denying the RROD exist and it was their fault causing people to lose hundreds if not thousands of dollars re-buying that crap over and over.

    SONY waits a week to cover the issues and facts of the PSN hack which to date there has been no solid proof of anyone being victimized by the issue and they are doomed.

    M$ waits 2 years to admit the 360 hardware has a major fault due to their haste trying to beat SONY to market causing many people to re-buy the 360 numerous times spending over thousands in bad economic times in order to save or salvage their investments of 360 software and all is forgiven because they give you a piece of shit 3 year warranty…..for fuck sakes you brain washed tools.

    The difference:

    SONY and the consumer was attacked by highly skilled hackers but both parties failed to act upon the threats of the cyber terrorist which could have prevented a lot of mis guided anger and confusion.

    M$ attacked its own consumer for its own selfish greedy gains once again. Even allowing the easiest form and most embarrassing forms of hacking be done on their network which they call social reverse engineering…..a fancy term of saying we let some 13 year olds smooth talk us into giving up other peoples accounts which could have lead to identity theft also. Oh and is it me or does M$ own a shit OS called WINDOWS that hackers love to crack on a daily basis stealing information by the millions every week from John and Jane Doe.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. neon6


    #5 4 years ago
  6. JimFear-666

    Pro-tip : Find the ip of the guy first

    (dont take that seriously btw)

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Tizzo86

    this shit is crazy….it seems like they never gonna put the PSN bacc

    then i hear XBOX Live was out for about 13 days in 2007 or 08…I dont kno if its any truth to it

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Christopher Jack

    @TEA, Micro$oft, as you say, gave an extended 3 years warranty to cover their arses from a class action lawsuit for the failure rate of the original xbox 360.
    I couldn’t tell you if they were threatened first or it was a preemptive strike to prevent it, either way, MS didn’t do it out of the kindness of their heart.
    The slim was released so that they can increase rejuvenate sales (because people like buying newer shinier models of the thing they already have) but most importantly, so they don’t have to cover the extra 2 years warranty.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. theevilaires

    @7 there was an issue back in XMAS of 08′ Its wasn’t a big deal but a few morons tried to sue M$ to no avail. I don’t know the official reason of the issue but I heard speculation the release of Gears 2 and people trying to play multiplayer cause the servers of LIVE to overload and shut down (Bunch of bullshit if you ask me)

    @8 My point still is it took them 2 years to confess their fault to the world. Where it took SONY 4 days or so to address everyone. If its ok for a jackass like Peter Moore to say “things break” than why isn’t it ok to understand that “every network can be hacked”.

    This SONY network breach is to XBOTS as the RROD was to SONY fans. Both sides need to grow up and both need to realize we have to stop our beloved industry from going down the toilet by greed and corruption.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. DaMan

    Console rrods – your 360 doesn’t work, PSN gets infiltrated – dev network is down as well as every single guy can’t play online.

    Rrod is what Disc Read errors on PS2 were, Sony were similarly sued and the issues similarly disappeared with newer revisions of the console.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. theevilaires

    Please shut the hell up fool. The 360 has had disc read errors as well as systematic failures (RROD and Error E47). I’ve never moved my PS2 and had the disc look like a miniature mock up of the rings of Saturn. SONY’s PS2 disc read error never got to the point of the RROD and it wasn’t a known issue in 97% of their hardware unlike the 360. Hell it wasn’t even 3%. Only a few accounts from SONY hating cry baby euros like you who started propaganda because the PS2 killed your beloved SEGA.

    You were one of the retards I forgot to add in the VG247 show list of SONY witch hunt debates on this site. You of all people should have been under Bowden’s name as XBOT puppet.

    Point in case from original post:

    SONY waited a week to inform customers of issues.
    CAUSE- Hackers

    M$ waited 2 years before confessing their sins.
    CAUSE- M$ greediness

    #11 4 years ago
  12. DaMan

    Didn’t notice the sign ‘Q&A with theevilarse’.

    they weren’t sued for the same issue, the one with the PS2 was about the crappy dvd-rom and the Dres being one of the side effects. 360 scratched discs when moved. It was huge with PS2, and went as far as games which used loading from disc heavily ultimately broke the rom. Ie Smackdown or Gtas, PS2 was the exact piece of crap rushed to the market to prevent DC from taking off (ironically, tool).

    Taking things out of context doesn’t help much, was there a possibility of Sony waiting years to acknowledge the infiltration, really?

    I’ll tell you what. Do you know why you are a fanboy? Because you don’t really pay your own money for anything, or at least it isn’t hard earned. Everything else (like the tendency to being an attention seeker, a simpleton, a racist and a dumbass are side effects).

    #12 4 years ago
  13. DaMan

    Oh, and theevilarse, I didn’t really think much about that list of yours until you mentioned it now. Since you were talking to someone, I didn’t go though all your usual wall of lies and bla bla bla.

    Just thought I should point that out. Sorry.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. DaMan

    Besides. While we’re on the subject of greed, Sony decided to obviously put anti-piracy above customers’ safety, since 360s with modified disc drives don’t affect the system in any way in contrast to PS3: if it’s firmware gets violated, everything is under threat.

    Also, blaming this on hackers is like blaming it on bad weather, hackers did it, $ony allowed it. Sony new at the start of this gen that they will be a target. Hackers became a component of out society, they ‘ve been around for a very long time, and they will be here when the consoles disappear.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Blerk

    Is there a prize for the team that figures out what the fuck is going on first?

    #15 4 years ago
  16. DaMan

    $599 is the prize.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. OrbitMonkey

    “a former member of the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service?” They’ve hired Magnum PI? Go Sony!!! Bawm Bawm bam bum!! *puts on Hawaiian shirt, bounces on ferrari bed*

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Ge0force

    English is not my native language, but I was convinced that “naval” had something to do with ships, water and pirates?

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Gekidami

    I wouldnt trust the NCIS when it comes to computers…

    #19 4 years ago
  20. dropK1CK_ninJA

    Careful, TEA. Your fanboy is showing through.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    @1, yeah all we need next are the Navy Seals in on this operation…lmao

    #21 4 years ago
  22. NeoSquall

    did they hire Timothy McGee?

    #22 4 years ago
  23. NeoSquall

    @2 They already did it.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. Golden

    @19 damn straight

    #24 4 years ago
  25. Bloodyghost

    The comments already killed by talks of Microsoft and the Xbox even though this article has nothing to do with either of them.

    Good job Tea and friends. Another great flaming.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. theevilaires

    Apparently things went just fine for an additional 20 more comments after the mention of M$. Do your self a favor and stop spreading yourself thin. You’re already becoming a tool.

    #26 4 years ago

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