Well, it’s official. Kazuo Hirai, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sony Computer Entertainment America from Sony has submitted written responses to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. The hearing was held in Washington, DC and was called “The Threat of Data Theft to American Consumers.”
In his response, Hirai says the following about Anonymous:
Sony has been the victim of a very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack. We discovered that the intruders had planted a file on one of our Sony Online Entertainment servers named “Anonymous” with the words “We are Legion.”
You can read his full written response on the official Playstation blog.
Now of course, Anonymous and professional are not exactly synonymous terms…
but still, it is highly unlikely that Sony would lie to the US Government. If it were to be found out that they were lying, that would actually be the end of Sony, and I don’t think that Sony would be willing to risk the remnants of their already fragile reputation.
I had previously discussed the possibility of Anonymous’ involvement, and also the pro’s and con’s of the organization itself. Although I had since convinced myself otherwise I had thought this was a very real possibility from the start, but now I’m absolutely convinced that Anonymous was responsible for the PlayStation Network hack. Still, it can’t be argued at this point that Sony has done a horrible PR job in making their consumers feel safe.
What do you all think? Based on this new evidence, is Anonymous the organization behind the attack? Is Sony lying to the US Government?