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US Senator wants answers from Sony over breach

Sony are under pressure from the U.S. government to hand over further information regarding the recent networking security issues.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal has sent a letter to Sony criticising them for the handling of the security hack which has affected millions of their customers.

Blumenthal said “I am deeply concerned about the egregious inadequacy of Sony’s efforts thus far to notify its customers of these breaches or to provide adequate protections for users whose personal and financial information may have been compromised. Sony’s failure to adequately warn its customers about serious security risks is simply unconscionable and unacceptable.”

As expected, one of the main complaints surrounds the time it took Sony to inform people of the breach. Sony are also being sued in the U.S. and they have attracted the interest of the U.S. House Of Representatives, the government of Taipei, Taiwan and the British and Canadian authorities. Everyone wants answers as to why Sony took so long to tell people of the seriousness of the hack issue.

Sony has warned 77 million customers that their personal information, including names, addresses and email addresses, passwords, usernames and online handles have been compromised by an ‘unauthorised person’ who broke into their network. ‘Outdated’ information from a database containing thousands of credit card information was also compromised.

Since the event, Sony have held a press conference, bowing in apology to the assembled masses. They are offering free handouts to customers via their network and an upgraded security system is due to be placed on their network to ensure this doesn’t happen again. Sony have also said they will offer a free identity theft protection service to help people.

KitGuru says: The worst month in Sony’s history.

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