Kazuo Hirai, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sony Computer Entertainment America submitted answers to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce about the PSN break-in. The hearing is officially called “The Threat of Data Theft to American Consumers.”
Instead of going in person, a letter was sent to the committee. It generally outlines all the info we already know and explains ina little bit more detail the series of events that lead to them discovering the breach. It’s an interesting read. The first sign of intrusion was when one of the PSN servers rebooted without warning. What has not been mentioned until now is a possible identity of the hackers. A text file named “Anonymous” was placed on the hacked servers. The only text written in the file was “We are Legion.”
I expected Anonymous to get blamed, but this really isn’t their style. Anonymous doesn’t hide a calling card. They announce their presence with a bullhorn. If they did the hack they would announce it publicly. Have you ever seen an anonymous press release. They are never short on words. A single line of text is out of character.
I’m betting that either Sony is just trying to get back at Anonymous for the earlier disruption of PSN or some real criminals are trying to put the FBI on the wrong trail. I guess we will find out when the FBI gives their report.
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