Report – Sony issued subpoena by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Thursday, 5th May 2011 15:50 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Sony has been subpoenaed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over the PSN data breaches, according to a report on Bloomberg.

According to a person familiar with the probe, the subpoena comes in the wake of Sony’s recent company statement that it was attacked by hackers who gained access to over
23,400 credit and debit card numbers as as well as account information pertaining to around 24.6 million SOE customers and 77 million customers over all for the entire Sony network .

Schneiderman is interested in what Sony told customers regarding the security of its networks, as part of a consumer protection inquiry.

Lauren Passalacqua, a spokeswoman for Schneiderman, declined comment on the subpoena.

Yesterday, Sony announced via its response to a US Congressional Hearing that during the investigation into the system hack, a file called Anonymous was found with the phrase “We are Legion” attached to it.

Hacker group Anonymous has denied it had anything to do with the theft of personal information stores on the Sony network.



  1. Blerk

    Lets hope they don’t stick their subpoena in a hornet’s nest.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. OlderGamer

    I don’t see a big deal in any of the legal side of things for Sony. If everything is as they say, and there is no reason to think otherwise, they don’t have anything to fear from the courts.

    Infact I would welcome it if I was them. It would put to rest the doubt lingering in a lot of folks minds.

    The truth is out there!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. reask

    You’re nothing but a Sony fanboy OG. :D

    #3 4 years ago
  4. OlderGamer

    lol gotta love it ‘eh?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. ManuOtaku

    I was cheking on another site and i dont know if it is true, because i didnt see any news about these here on any other site for that matter, that sony didnt attend the congressment call to the hearing they only sent a formal letter indicating they couldn’t attend due to “an ongoing investigation” involving law enforcement and a private security firm, and then in the same document they put that they did discovered that the intruders had planted a file on one of our Sony Online Entertainment servers named ‘Anonymous’ with the words “We are Legion.”

    Maybe this has something to do with this, the link is the following:

    #5 4 years ago
  6. OlderGamer

    Why didn’t they show up to the hearing? That makes no sense. They could have at least sent a represenitive.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Kerplunk

    They were not obligated to be present at the earlier hearing. It’s quite common for corporations to decline to be present at such hearings.

    In this instance, statements were made to the effect choosing to keep resources focused on addressing the ongoing issue of the network downtime.

    @5 That link, once again, we’re seeing the blur between what happened and what was reported. Sony had provided the details of the file that they found and shared that information in response to the questions asked of them. They haven’t randomly blurted out and started making accusations.

    Quite a big difference in those behaviours. Just as there being a big difference in ‘giving data away’ and ‘having data stolen’. It’s easy to blur things depending on what angle you want to present.

    Note also that the response of the hearing which chastises Sony for using their blog does so at the expense of ignoring the millions of emails Sony sent directly to PSN account holders once they had conducted part of their investigations. It’s very easy to have a go at people for what they haven’t done – especially when you overlook what they have done. So, as you can see, it depends on whether the news story wants to tell the entire picture or just selected parts of it. You can tell by the end of the first sentence of that article you linked to exactly what angle they’re trying to push.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. NeoSquall

    Didn’t Hirai himself go to a Congress hearing yesterday? What do they want from him again?

    #8 4 years ago
  9. ManuOtaku

    Oldergamer i dont know myself, maybe is not true, we need to research more,becuase like i told before i didnt see this information in any site before, but if it ends being true, thats quite strange.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. OlderGamer

    From the link.

    “After receiving word that Sony wouldn’t be sending a representative, Congresswoman Bono unloaded on Sony:

    “As Chairman of this Subcommittee, I am deeply troubled by these latest data breaches, and the decision by both Epsilon and Sony not to testify today. This is unacceptable.”

    “According to Epsilon, the company did not have time to prepare for our hearing—even though its data breach occurred more than a month ago. Sony, meanwhile, says it’s too busy with its ongoing investigation to appear. Well, what about the millions of American consumers who are still twisting in the wind because of these breaches? They deserve some straight answers, and I am determined to get them…”

    “Yet for me, the single most important question is simply this: Why weren’t Sony’s customers notified sooner of the cyberattack? I fundamentally believe that all consumers have a right to know when their personal information has been compromised, and Sony – as well as all other companies—have an overriding responsibility to alert them… immediately.”

    I doubt they misqouted the congresswomen. And your right Kerplunk they weren’t obligated. But seems to me that it would have been in their best interest to send a representitive.

    They should prolly get together a team to deal with lawmakers from each region. I bet this scene replays itself in Canadia, UK, and elsewhere. Just step up to the plate and meet it head on. When they don’t, thats when the subpeanas are handed out.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. ManuOtaku

    #7 kerplunk i didnt put the link for the comment of the person who made the article for the comment on itself, it was for the news that sony didnt send the representative to the hearing, i never saw news about this before, and thats what capture my interest, now if it is a common practice to not send the repr. to the early hearigns fine and dandy with me , but i was interested in knowing this because i did find it strange, i didnt made a comment of the article in itself, which like you said maybe blur things out, thats a possibility.

    And i do think this is related to the subpoena that is the main title of this post

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Kerplunk

    @10 Sony claims their best interest was not to take resources away from fixing the network. You can bet that if they chose to do that you’d have a slew of people saying “Why are you wasting your time talking to some suits instead of fixing PSN?”.

    And if that congresswoman has concerns, I have concerns that such statements can be made about communications when a mass of communication has been overlooked. Surely you’d want people in such positions to be making statements based on the full information and not partial information – otherwise how can a hearing be credible??

    Throughout all of this, it’s very very concerning how certain bits of information have been given so much attention and how equally relevant pieces of information have barely been given any visibility at all. And, to make matters worse, you have stories presented based on assumptions of one groups motives or another – that’s just conjecture but it gets given equal (and in numerous cases, more) weight than some of the genuine facts. I’ve not commented on a single story as much as all this PSN stuff but I’ve never ever seen such imbalance across so many areas with the way things have been conveyed.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. theevilaires

    (Fun Fact) First group of comments on a negative SONY article belongs to group of people who prefer their xbox360′s over PS3′s (coincidence….NO)

    (“my 2 cents”) Sad attempt of 1 of them trying to repair his tarnished image of the community (coincidence….NO)

    Can someone go out and subpoena Anonymous please….you know the ones who unleashed the attacks on SONY and the consumers….Oh thats right they’re hiding so the only ones to blame is SONY.

    (FACT) There are more stupid people in this world than there is smart (coincidence….NO)

    #13 4 years ago
  14. OlderGamer

    @10 Sony claims their best interest was not to take resources away from fixing the network. You can bet that if they chose to do that you’d have a slew of people saying “Why are you wasting your time talking to some suits instead of fixing PSN?”.

    Maybe, but surly one or two suits in the PR dept wouldn’t slow down the tech guys?

    **waves to Tea.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. ManuOtaku

    #13 I do play equally of time on my ps3 /360 and wii, i dont know why this has anything to do with this, iam a sony user right, i like them all equally, iam happy when the do things right equally, and equally for all of them i hate when they do big mistakes like this, if we dont state this how sony, microsoft or nintendo could be better providers?

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Kerplunk

    @14 I don’t know. If the individuals being asked to answer questions about the PSN network are, you know, the same individuals who can actually manage the fixing of the PSN network (which would make a fair bit of sense) then I’d assume they can’t be in two different places at the same time.

    Sure, send a suit. Then you’ll get someone who might only be able to say “No comment” or give very vague responses that don’t really answer any questions. I’m sure the internet response to that would have been very understanding!

    #16 4 years ago
  17. OlderGamer

    You might be right Kerplunk. Might be a good idea for Sony to start putting together a team of suits and breifing them. Going to look a lot better for them to say they were victims and not negligant then it is/was for them to neglect to show up.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. DarkElfa

    Yes TEA and you’re of course the first one to swoop in and kiss their ass, as always.

    You are truly Sony’s white fucking knight.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Frank17

    FUCK U SONY go address ur consumers and admit u fucked up. u lost me as a customer u lost many other people. fuck ur crappy video game system. i bought my new 250g xbox and a blue ray player and life couldnt b better… fuck ur shitty ass horrible system. hope u go bankrupt and lose all ur fans

    #19 4 years ago
  20. YoungZer0

    @19: The more people like you leave PS3, the better.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. NeoSquall

    @20 I second this.

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Gekidami

    He never had a PS3 to start with. He’s been trolling the PS3 long before this happened, in fact i think he’s yet another of sock account.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. theevilaires

    ^ Theres a lot of people on here who don’t own a PS3 but still feel the need to put there “2 cents” in. Goes to show XBOTS have no life and instead of being on their soooooooo superior XBOX LIVE they are on here it seems 24/7 bashing SONY.

    XBOT: This is all your fault SONY!!!!!

    GAMER: Was your info stolen from the PSN servers?

    XBOT: I don’t know I never used PSN. I don’t even own a PS3.


    XBOT: But its SONY’s fault I know it is.

    GAMER: How?! when they were attacked by a group of hackers and PSN has been safe for 5 years until now.

    XBOT: Because a bunch of my friends over at VG247 told me it was SONY’s fault.

    GAMER: Did any of their info get stolen and did hackers steal money out of their accounts?

    XBOT: No but even still I think its SONY’s fault

    GAMER: For what they didn’t cause you any harm they just shut down their own network (they pay the servers from out of their pocket) so further damage couldn’t be done. You can go play LIVE or PC online until its fixed and besides you don’t have a PS3 so you shouldn’t be upset.

    XBOT: Shhh I know I know. The truth is….I just hate SONY and want them to die. I want to cause as much mischief from this whole ordeal as possible so there can only be XBOX. I’m getting revenge for SEGA also. SONY’s going down baby woot woot!

    GAMER: This is how I feel about you and every one like you who just cause so much problems out of nothing and generate so much hate in the world….

    #23 4 years ago
  24. theevilaires

    BTW The Statue of Liberty does not belong to New York and isn’t associated with that State anymore. Its now back to its rightful and original home New Jersey. New York has even changed its license plates from the state of Liberty to the Empire State.

    Just thought I clear that up with VG247 staff since they have a record of posting the wrong headline pics with the topic of the article.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. ManuOtaku

    #25 but one of the firsts things you see in new york is the statue right, it didnt change the place, so i think is good, even if it doenst belong to the state anymore it is near to the city,therefore they can still use the foto as reference, and also thats a national monument so i think they can put it as a reference to any state of the U.S IMHO.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Epic Fool


    speaking as a non native english speaker…

    funny words are fun =)

    #26 4 years ago
  27. theevilaires

    No the Statue is still considered to be in New Jersey waters. Depends on where you’re at you can see Lady Liberty visible from many angles from both states.

    Anyway I wouldn’t expect someone from the mid west to be knowledgeable about things over here. Those folks ain’t that bright in the middle of the country. Its an honest mistake if you’ve been brain washed by what they show you on tv.

    #27 4 years ago

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