Sony brings in experts for data breach clean up

Sony has hired outside investigators to help clean its networks and catch the people behind a massive data breach that exposed the personal data of more than 100 million video game users.

Sony brings in experts for data breach clean up

The Japanese electronics giant has retained a team from privately held Data Forte that is led by a former special agent with the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service to work alongside the FBI agents, who are also probing the matter.

Sony said it had also brought on cyber-security detectives from Guidance Software and consultants from Robert Half International subsidiary Protiviti to help with the clean-up.

Officials with Sony and the three firms did not respond to requests for information about the investigation. Agents with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation have also said little about the matter, except that they are looking into the breach of data, which might include some credit card numbers.

The company has come under fire for perceived delays in notifying end users of the breaches, prompting officials to probe the matter.

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal has asked Sony company to clarify the number of compromised credit card accounts and requested a detailed timeline outlining what the company knew about what was stolen and when it was known.

Blumenthal said he would ask US Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the matter and check whether Sony’s subsequent handling of the breach would make it civilly or criminally liable.

“I would appreciate a direct and public answer detailing what the company will do in the future to protect its consumers against breaches of their personal and financial information,” Blumenthal said.

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