House Subcommittee Discusses Data Theft After Cyber Attack on Sony


A House Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade has scheduled a May 4 hearing to discuss data theft issues in the wake of recent breaches including the cyber attack on Sony.

The committee is also expected to introduce legislation on data security later this year.

It has now been two weeks since the Sony PlayStation and Qriocity online services went down.

On April 26 Sony admitted that an unauthorized person had hacked into users’ accounts, accessing such information as names and addresses and possibly credit card information. PlayStation has more than 60 million user accounts.

On Monday it was revealed that in the investigation of illegal intrusions, it was now believed that hackers may have stolen personal information from an additional 24.6 million Sony Online Entertainment customers.

Sony is urging customers to remain vigilant against possible identity theft. It is offering complementary enrollment in programs such as identity theft protection services, as well as creating make-good programs.

An investigation is underway and Sony is working with law enforcement  including the FBI.

At least two class action lawsuits against Sony have been filed. 

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