Sony Still Unclear On Extent Of Security Breakdown In Latest Letter To Congress

by Phil Kollar on May 27, 2011 at 12:55 PM

If you're still trying to work out all the details of what happened with the PlayStation Network security breach over the last month or so, you're not alone: Apparently Sony is still piecing things together as well according to a recent update submitted to the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.

Giant Bomb has the full letter from Sony's Kaz Hirai, which apologizes for Sony's failure to appear before the committee in person and explains essentially that Sony has not made much progress in neither identifying the culprits responsible for the security breach nor figuring out for sure whether or not credit card data of users was compromised. Says Hirai:

"We have not yet identified the individual or individuals responsible for the actual intrusion and breach into our systems. We are continuing to work with the FBI to apprehend those responsible."

Elsewhere in the letter, Hirai says Sony has not recovered "forensic or circumstantial" evidence of credit card information being stolen from PlayStation Network.

Meanwhile, Gamasutra reports that Sony Network Entertainment president Tim Schaff will appear before the subcommittee next week to answer questions about the security breach. It's good that Sony is taking that step. Let's hope he has some more substantial answers by then.