Report: New York subpoenaed Sony over cyber attacks

Sony continues to be taken to task by government representatives over the cyber attacks on the Playstation Network. Bloomberg reports via unnamed sources that the latest such group to enter the fray is the New York State Attorney General's office. It claims that the state's attorney general Eric Schneiderman has sent subpoenas to Sony over the cyber attacks that forced Sony to shut down the Playstation Network on April 20 and Sony Online's MMO game services last Monday.

According to the report, Schneiderman is "seeking information on what Sony told customers about the security of their networks, as part of a consumer protection inquiry", So far the attorney general's office is not speaking publicly on the subpoena.

Meanwhile, the hacker group Anonymous has once again denied any involvement in the cyber attacks on Sony's servers after Sony claimed on Wednesday it had found a file with the name Anonymous and the worlds "We Are Legions" on a Sony Online server while investigating the cyber attacks. In a press release, Anonymous claimed that it does not participate in activities such as stealing credit card info from services. It added, " ... we are trying to fight criminal activities by corporations and governments, not steal credit cards."

Meanwhile, gamers are still waiting patiently for Sony to restore online services for the Playstation Network which is now been down over over two weeks. Sony said last Sunday it would start restoring some services later this week but the company is running out of days to make that promise stick. There is also no word on when service will be restores to the Sony Online MMO services.

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article said,
In a press release, Anonymous claimed that it does not participate in activities such as stealing credit card info from services. It added, " ... we are trying to fight criminal activities by corporations and governments, not steal credit cards."

What I find amusing is that a group that says they have no hierarchy and no structure and anyone can be a part of it (and "no one" knows everyone that is part of it) can deny that someone in the group has done it.

sviola said,

What I find amusing is that a group that says they have no hierarchy and no structure and anyone can be a part of it (and "no one" knows everyone that is part of it) can deny that someone in the group has done it.

True, it could be someone within the group has gone rogue that has done it.

PKP said,

True, it could be someone within the group has gone rogue that has done it.

But then if you go rogue, then you are no longer a part of it. Also, Anon usually has some coordination as to the attacks, therefore most of Anon would know if they had been responsible for the attack.

The facts will come out eventually, till then it is all speculation.

Honestly, I could see a third party infiltrating sony' servers and leaving a diversion such as this file... much more so than the speculation that Sony themselves planted the file, which, if was so would be a huge legal issue.

I just want my damns online service back geez

DukeEsquire said,
Doesn't Anon usually take credit for their attacks...?

Ya, wouldn't a file with their sig pretty much classify as a way to take creidt? Why is that so overlooked? Anon likes to take credit, they left a file which has been found , and has given them tons of credit... so why is it hard for anyone to believe this?

What I ask is why Anon would leave a file stating who they are in the 1st place. Either they are incredibly stupid or the real hacker's trying to not get caught by everyone making it think it's them... But, I dunno, they do like to hack servers just because they don't like modding - which, of course, doesn't make it right.

MASTER260 said,
What I ask is why Anon would leave a file stating who they are in the 1st place. Either they are incredibly stupid or the real hacker's trying to not get caught by everyone making it think it's them... But, I dunno, they do like to hack servers just because they don't like modding - which, of course, doesn't make it right.

They're going based on the fact that there was a file with that name. I can create files and name them anything I want and so can anyone else. Just because a file has a name that looks like theirs doesn't mean anything. I'm not taking sides because it really could be them and just denying it but it could just as easily be a fake.

MASTER260 said,
What I ask is why Anon would leave a file stating who they are in the 1st place. Either they are incredibly stupid or the real hacker's trying to not get caught by everyone making it think it's them... But, I dunno, they do like to hack servers just because they don't like modding - which, of course, doesn't make it right.

Not just that, I thought Anon's catch phrase was "We Are Legion" not "We Are Legions"

FYI, a subpoena is a formal demand that Sony provide information on a particular subject.

This is not an indication of a pending suit or Sony's guilt. It is part of preliminary, fact gathering by the NY state attorney general.