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U.S. Senator demanding answers from Sony on PSN breach

XMNR: With the PSN users and credit information compromised, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal (D) is demanding answers from Sony's CEO over the company's "failure to notify millions of customers of a data breach in the PlayStation Network on April 20, 2011." (PS3, Tag Invalid)

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a_bro  +   1189d ago
wow, so this even made it to the top as well.
Dart89  +   1189d ago
He's probably a ps3 gamer that's why it made it to the top.
@griever and himdeel you both get a bubble that is the funniest thing i have heard all day.
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GrieverSoul  +   1189d ago | Funny
I bet he used the government credit card on the PSN and is now really, and I mean, REALLY worried!!
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BenCrazy424  +   1189d ago
Doubt it on the stereotypical quote "many of them children."

Either way, this is credible and sony could of handled this better.
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sdtarm  +   1189d ago
lol griever
Rage_S90  +   1189d ago
damn straight they should have told us this Day f*cking 1 why the f*ck would you wait a week?

the sheer stupidity there is baffling
Fred-G-Sanford  +   1189d ago
Shit just got real. lol

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gamingisnotacrime  +   1189d ago
Damn griever that was awesome

++Bubbles
Dsnyder  +   1189d ago
Congress can just print more money when they spend it for stupid reasons.
Shane Kim  +   1189d ago
Hhahaha funny sh!t GrieverSoul. Thanks for the laugh.
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thats_just_prime  +   1188d ago
$ony managed to piss off hackers, fans and the government all at the same time. Take takes skill and all cause $ony wanted to show that they could bully some kid
DragonKnight  +   1188d ago
Again, they can only give information that they have. They only recently discovered about the possibility of the CC information theft. They did, afterall, hire an outside security firm to analyze the situation. They did have to wait for a report from that firm before they knew anything. So seriously, even this senator needs to use basic sense and look at all the facts before drinking the Haterade.
Sheddi  +   1188d ago
I always delete my CC information after I've bought something. Didn't feel secure enough to just leave it there...and i guess I was right.

Hope they (Sony or police) get their hands on those thief's and gives them the punishment they deserve. Stealing money from hard working people is just wrong.
Sono421  +   1188d ago
LOL I laugh at the stupid people who get mad at Sony, get real little kids, oh yeah its Sony's fault that some no life hacked the system trying to steal people's credit card numbers? And obviously they didn't publicize it because they didn't want the hacker to know they were onto them. These hackers are nothing but trouble. First they got the Other OS taken away from us, then hacked and said they were just hacking to have it back (yeah right stfu) then they made it so any dumb ass little kid with a usb can host hacked lobbies online, now they have PSN itself down, ohhh but yeah lets be mad at sony! /s
Because that makes so much sense, the most logical people to be mad at would be the hackers but instead you defend them? People today are completely retarded. then they will say "ooooh but teh hackerz let me get teh free gamezzz and lets me host teh hacked lobbiez online!"
Just stop.
GodsHand  +   1188d ago
He wants to put his big boy pants on, with a belt.

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Dmarc  +   1188d ago
1st off they didnt know that this happened the day it happened
The minute they found out they informed us
Who in their right minds would hold off telling people their personal info might unsecure for a whole week on purpose ?
cmon thats common sense folks
himdeel  +   1189d ago | Funny
LOL this is so funny! I bet the real reason hes demanding answers is because he cannot play Mortal Kombat online. He looks like he's be a Sub Zero fan.
Jamegohanssj5  +   1189d ago
rofl. He looks like a sub zero fan lol

TGSI
thats_just_prime  +   1188d ago
The guys a senator he's not stupid. He got MK on the xbox for its exclusive online play
hiredhelp  +   1188d ago
way i see it its took them years to get this far with the console to get hack this wide.
ok maybe it should have been more secure but if this wasnt for geohotz this would never of happened sony never ask to get hacked.same with all company's but yes theyve learnt a lesson but lets hope the FBI will teach thoes hackers caught a tuffer lesson.
Dmarc  +   1188d ago
@thats_just_prime lool
its timed exclusive tho
TBM  +   1189d ago
who the hell is this guy?
MidnightProwler  +   1188d ago
Richard Blumenthal
zeeshan810  +   1189d ago
It's not Sony's fault! -___-
news4geeks  +   1189d ago
lulz poor sony is getting a good kick up the backside here. They've got to take they brunt of the blame because they're supposed to be secure enough to avoid situations like this. They've been kicked left right and centre this gen.
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Rage_S90  +   1189d ago
you can't be serious it's as much sony's fault as it is the hackers both are to blame
gamingdroid  +   1189d ago
It's called negligence on Sony's part!

That said, doesn't the senator have much more important things to do like revive the economy! Save the poor children in the orphanage or other abused children....
Tr10wn  +   1188d ago
of course is sony's fault i haven't yet found an email from sony about this, n4g is keeping me up to date and my bank is already warned if there is a sudden change in my account i will know it from my bank and not from sony.
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JsonHenry  +   1189d ago
I'm sure there are other things this guy should be concerned about..
Trizard  +   1189d ago
So looking after 77 million people which would be around 1/4 of the US population if PSN was solely US, is not in his job description? Do you realize how many people 77 million is? Thats more than the population of the UK (61 million). This needs some government intervention or lawsuit.
Ju  +   1189d ago
Yeah, I call war on terrorists! Cyber Terrorists, that is. Maybe we should focus on the guy who caused that instead. How about that?
RememberThe357  +   1189d ago
Trizard
You doe realize that that 77 million number isn't all in the US, right?
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rabidpancakeburglar  +   1189d ago
How can this guy possibly demand answers? Last I checked Sony did notify their customers that there had been a breach, just because they haven't gone into massive detail doesn't mean that some random guy can think he has a right to answers
TKCMuzzer  +   1189d ago
I don't think people realise that Sony can't just issue statements until they have all the facts. It's governments that create red tape and now their moaning because Sony has to go though it all.
joydestroy  +   1189d ago
yeah they notified us alright... 6 days AFTER our information was stolen!

he's right to be upset. and i think it's ridiculous that there's even ONE PSN user on here that isn't outraged by this!

c'mon guys, expect more from a multi-billion dollar company
rabidpancakeburglar  +   1189d ago
joydestroy

Oh really? We were notified today? They told us that there had been a breach days ago
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lee_ten  +   1189d ago
god man...the media is blowing this WAY OUT OF PROPORTION.

sony had to conduct an investigation. that takes times. they couldn't come out and say anything until they were certain it was a security breach.
TKCMuzzer  +   1189d ago
Maybe Sony will now ask that governments take the gaming industry seriously and point out this is a universal problem and not just PSN related.
OMGitzThatGuy  +   1188d ago
Last time I checked, this is only PSN related
LunaticBrandon  +   1189d ago
Literally millions of accounts' personal information could have been taken. Its a big deal. I'm so glad I changed my password to something other than my email password that isn't used for nothing else before the breach and haven't used my debit card on there.
joydestroy  +   1189d ago
I'M GLAD SOMEONE IS STICKING UP FOR US GAMERS!
apparently Sony has made gamers so blind that they don't even seem to give a crap.

everyone should be upset at the fact that it took them 6 days to tell us that our personal/financial information had been compromised. everyone!

on top of that, their security is obv a joke.
Anonymous hacks the network, it goes offline.
they stop, it goes back online.
Sony acts as if it was no big deal.
now this and NOW they're beefing up security???

if Anonymous hacking PSN wasn't a red flag, then wtf were they waiting for? this?

i've always been a Sony backer, but it's pretty hard to back them now. bad business on their part.
etowntwo  +   1189d ago
Well said ...

At least there are still a few Sony fans on this site with the sense.
joeorc  +   1189d ago
no security
is going to stop them..9000+ member's they did a loic attack..sony did the only theing they could do that was taking the service off line. they had to check for if anything was, an they told people when they found out..but it should not have taken that long to tell us.

the data thieves had your data anyway if they Do. it would not have mattered at this point. Sony's fault as EPIC fail against 9000+ Hackers that took down CC companies an Govt. computer's an some how some way people think that Sony would have some how stood a better chance?

It's f@ucking Moot at this point.

the people with CFW was using Server Mapper's anyway...yea through ol wait a min Linux exploit. Its been hacker's vs Sony this whole time it would not matter what Sony did.

Homebrew my @ss..you do not see Ben Heck being taken to court..

Sony was targeted for "Toading"

I would wager this was just the first wave of attacks.

They want Sony OUT of this market, an may even continue to attack even more. this is not fear FUD or any thing \like that I do not love Sony Im just warning people.

you can take my warning or not..but remember Graf is still being sued in court..what did that group claim if Sony does not stop?

you have been warned expect us.

9000+ Hacker's with LOIC attacks

the more they do this though the No Such Agency from the HQ puzzle Box will be taking a keen interest in data. someone hackers will be caught that you can bank on.
SoSLy  +   1189d ago
Shouldnt a US Senator focus on the fucked up economy of his country rather than a PSN outage?
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Threesix  +   1189d ago
This involves the potential theft of millions of people's debit/credit information so unlike what you think, it's a big deal, and a good thing that a government employee of higher influence is letting Sony know that it's unacceptable for this to happen.

You'd think more gamers would support this move as it makes the news mainstream and forces Sony to improve their system to prevent this from happening again instead of taking the stance that Sony should never be the subject of criticism, even when they screw up royally like they have here.
darkride66  +   1189d ago
Typical government. Sony shut down the PSN as soon as they found out what was going on. They didn't know until yesterday the extent of the breach when they had a security firm research what happened. It took them a day to send out millions of emails notifying customers what happened.

And here's the government. "Why didn't you inform millions of customers across the entire world before you knew what happened! We demand answers!" Because if this was a government breach they would have had answers and notified the public the day they found out, right?

Hell, why not go a step further? Why didn't Sony notify people about what was going on BEFORE it happened? We demand to know!

Idiots.

Edit Above: Anon didn't "hack" the PSN. They slowed it down by trying to overload it with traffic, which is the default "hacker" trick that's easily stopped once you figure out it's going on.
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likedamaster  +   1188d ago
The fanboys on here is highly disturbing.

It's real folks, this is no laughing matter. These are people's lively hoods in jeopardy.
xAlmostPro  +   1188d ago
Lol wtf.. then can we have answer as to how government networks were taken down by hackers..

P.S they didn't give answers on the 20th because they didn't know at that point.. infact sony even made an update stating that they didn't know the extent until they got the experts in.. dumbass
Perkel  +   1188d ago
Next:

PSN hackers started WWIII :)
showtimefolks  +   1188d ago
how about this congress
stop worrying about:

barry bonds steroids
nfl lockout
ncaa playoffs for football
whatever happend to psn

and actually do you damn job:

i live in nola and we still have a lot of people sleeping under the bridges while we give billions to foreign countries while our very own suffer why?
Scyrus  +   1189d ago
oh boy. today is a pretty funny day. i guess anonymous did its job, those freakin dusche bags
zeeshan810  +   1189d ago
*douche* bags!
hoops  +   1189d ago
"Compounding this concern is the troubling lack of notification from Sony about the nature of the data breach. Although the breach occurred nearly a week ago, Sony has not notified customers of the intrusion, or provided information that is vital to allowing individuals to protect themselves from identity theft, such as informing users whether their personal or financial information may have been compromised."

This is the biggest issue of all. The lack of information provided by Sony during this issue. Being quiet for this long is not a good policy to adopt...especially now that a US Senator has jumped on this ship about it.
This was not handled well by Sony
vegnadragon  +   1189d ago
Ah the US politicians, they love the point blame but they never do anything about it.
NothingToGainButLove  +   1189d ago
Welcome to US politics...
Dont see that trend ending anytime soon
labaronx  +   1189d ago
yeah we see how stern they were with BP
younglj01  +   1189d ago
ikr and when some1 try to do something about it they still complain
BlackTar187  +   1189d ago
lol you think he wants to do anything about it lol.
Ju  +   1189d ago
I think he sure does. Getting some more votes out of it, me thinks.
L6RD7BLU3  +   1189d ago
OOOOOKAY 0_0?
GenoZStriker  +   1189d ago
LOL! Okay good. Now get back to doing what you are suppose to be doing and make the US a better place.
Ju  +   1189d ago
Yeah, he must be on vacation for a while now.
Masamori Sumimura  +   1189d ago
ILLUMINATI AT WORK.
Der_Kommandant  +   1189d ago
Fucking Lizard People
Rybakov  +   1188d ago
and the fish man army 0-0 there working together
Der_Kommandant  +   1189d ago
What's next? Jimmy McMillan demanding answers?

http://tv.gawker.com/#!5671...
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RememberThe357  +   1189d ago
Well the rent is too damn high...
user8397144  +   1189d ago
FUCKING NO LIFE HACKERS!
But the senator is right, Sony should have notified me that my info was stolen since day 1 so I could go to the bank and get a new Credit Card.
moparful99  +   1189d ago
They have no idea wheteher CC info was stolen.. SHeesh they hired an outside company to investigate and today the released their findings.. Their is no evidence that CC info was stolen but they cant rule it out... You people get up in arms so easily...
Codeman420  +   1189d ago
Dude you have more important things to worry about in the country than wat sony's been doing.
Commodore  +   1189d ago
This guy served in Vietnam.... ;) but most people on here have no idea what I'm talking about.

On a more serious note, this is why America is pissed off at every politician (I'm a poli sci major)....With 20,000,000 Americans unemployed, they focus on this shit.
Hashashin  +   1189d ago
America is pissed off at it's politicians because they are incompetent.
maturefan  +   1189d ago
this has officially gone out of proportion, sony suspends psn for a week, US senator steps in, this is the sort of things that make people around the world look down on americans. Is so silly to even mention it in this forum, let try another one, 18yo kid steals a car and is given life without parole... crickets sound, no senator steps in
evrfighter  +   1189d ago
psn going down is one thing.tens of millions of customers private information and possibly credit card numbers hijacked is indeed a political matter.

I called it a few days ago and was told I was wrong because Sony wouldn't do this. and now like I said its gonna bite them in the ass 1001 different ways.

they freakin deserve all of it for trying to hide it. no amount of damage control by the fanboys here will sway anyone's opinion.

they've resorted to cracking jokes about it and high living each other. a sign of total defeat.
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maturefan  +   1189d ago
get out of the way troll, the fact is that senator should be calling for bringing those hackers to justice, it doesn't matter how secure is your network, there is always somebody who can crack it, sony did release a statement telling people exactly what to do if their credit card details were stolen.

where is all your anger to the hackers and anonymous, where are the senators being vocal against the hackers, your position is ridiculous.
brandonb21  +   1189d ago
is this the end of sony? lol

r.i.p sony
Hashashin  +   1189d ago
Are you completely braindead or just trolling?
Ace_1975  +   1189d ago
Catch hacker, take them out back, break arms and legs , justice is served. Play games in peace. Happy days
Rybakov  +   1188d ago
after broken limbs throw them in gitmo with other terrorists and let anon become someones.....haha yeah
saumer  +   1189d ago
Do your fucking job.... clown...
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SeraphimBlade  +   1189d ago
Wait, it happened on 4/20? That explains everything.

Why all the hate? He's wants answers for a major company putting people at massive financial risk by not alerting them to a security breach. He's protecting somebody's money other than his own. As far as politicians go, that's pretty damn noble.
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soundslike  +   1189d ago
Especially since someone probably turned him onto this via phonecall/email.

Back in the day, that's what representatives and senators were for...representing the peoples interests big and small. Crazy right?
SeraphimBlade  +   1189d ago
Gee, six disagrees and only one comment which is from a guy that agrees with me.

Seriously, I'm all ears, guys. What's the problem? I want to have this discussion. Maybe I'm wrong about this.
Silly Mammo  +   1188d ago
I think the major problem people have about this Senator speaking up is that usually when a politician does this its just 'grand standing' with a hot button topic.

Makes them look good with their constituents with an election year coming up. Hearings happen, federal funds are used, alot of hot air is blown around and nothing comes of it in the end.

Call me a cynic, but I've seen this happen too many times.
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SeraphimBlade  +   1188d ago
Thanks Mammo, that's a good point and I kinda agree. But when it comes to appealing to voters like this, they'll usually try to deal with something that older people care about, since older people will actually go out to vote.

Still though, at least he's acting like he's in touch. I've been watching the Daily Show for 6 years. It doesn't take much for a politician to impress me anymore.
JMyers  +   1189d ago
Maybe you should be demanding answers from someone else... Like the people responsible for finding these Hackers.
Emilio_Estevez  +   1189d ago
Shouldn't he be doing something else? Quit wasting taxpayers money. It's going to turn into baseball steroids trials all over again, tons of time and money with very minimal results becuase their bafoons.
J@D  +   1189d ago
OH, BOY... OH, BOYYYY!!! O.o
Tru_Blu  +   1189d ago
Hey senator here is an idea. Propose a law that toughens up hacking and piracy laws. It's those asshats that caused this mess in the first place.
BlackTar187  +   1189d ago
why adress the real issue... If your from the states you know thats not what our politicians do.
The CC info is sad and scary but people around here are acting like this outrage is only because of that lol. Did we forget the 2000+ articles before we even knew that?
slavish3  +   1189d ago
the fbi issued a warrent for them too silly fanboy but sony IS NOT INNOCENT either. they should have let people know the day they found out the info leaked. how can you defined them from that? how?
cochise313  +   1189d ago
Lol @ politicians always trying to bash video games at every chance they get.
fastNslowww  +   1189d ago
what exactly would it have accomplished if sony told us earlier...i'm sure sony thought to wait it and out and cause less panic and see if they could fix the issue first and primarily, BUT since little came from that..they made the announcement. Standard shit. NO?

that being said, this guys a clown...FACT!
Gamer_Z  +   1189d ago
Obama: Damn it Senator how many times do i have to tell you to stop playing Mortal Kombat and get back to work and for gods sakes put your pants back on.

Senator: Nnnoo! I don't want too.

xP
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soundslike  +   1189d ago
Barraka Obama vs Reptile

Round 1
cochise313  +   1189d ago
That would be epic.
InLaLaLand  +   1189d ago
Barraka Obama wins....

FLAWLESS VICTORY

FATALITY

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yewles1  +   1189d ago
That's my country... *sit-com screw up track*
RyuCloudStrife  +   1189d ago
U.S. Senator demanding answers from Sony on PSN breach
Awesome :) rly Sony this is madness by now!!!
slavish3  +   1189d ago
he is right. sony should have warned people right when it happened so they can contact there banks. The people that lost money would be ok right now if sony cared more about the consumer then the bottom line. I understand they have to make profit and release this info would have damaged there Public rep but now things are worst! Im waiting for the 1st lawsuits to start. The senator has to look out for his constituents. even if most of congress, if not all, are dirt bags this make them look good to call out a company in the wrong
Raider69  +   1189d ago
Some people are so stupid and foolish that are taking a serious matter like this breach on sony security like something jovial that needs no worries.Im not US member but if a member of my government will ever made a statement like this guy did in order to get real information of what is going on and especially let the truth be known to PSN user i guess he will get my support!
slavish3  +   1189d ago
nice to know someone is looking at this from a now bias point of view. the guy is just looking out for the consumer. Im shocked so many people, obvious fanboys, support a corporation over there own consumer rights! I don't care what company it is M$ sony nintendo apple or whatever.
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soundslike  +   1189d ago
and theres a VERY HIGH probability that recent events will have ripple effects in future lawmaking and lawsuits alike.

I will not be surprised when something from the past three months is used as an example of why all games need DRM, or some sort of enhanced security for users, that may negatively affect the user, without users actually having a say, because it was/is common knowledge that they'll just bow to it regardless.
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gamingisnotacrime  +   1189d ago
he most be under MS payroll

j/k guys
Raider69  +   1189d ago
I guess the ones joking with this guy real and needed action are mostly kids,that most likely didn't even tell there parents that the possible of the PSN credit card information been in the open is very believable.
Tuxedo_Mask  +   1189d ago
Vote him out of office. SONY is a private company, if the consumer doesn't like what they're doing they'll stop buying their products. It's government officials like him that are the reason the US is in the state that it is. Focus on paying off the debt and instead of passing more laws and investigating issues that the government won't do anything about anyway (ex. steriods in sports) see which laws we don't really need anymore and get rid of them.

If there is anyone who thinks the American government needs to get involved with any businesses problems, SONY, Nintendo, or Microsoft, then they seriously need to take a step back and think about who controls who. Do we control the government or does it control us?

As for the potential security threat for user information, do you really think SONY won't do what they need to to protect that information? There are already avenues established for any potential identity theft cases that may have resulted from this. The US government seriously needs to get their priorities straight and stop rubbernecking at every little issue that pops up.
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