Sony Responds To U.S. House of Representatives

Today, Sony took another step along the road to redeeming themselves after the PSN fiasco. Kaz Hirai submitted written answers to the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce’s sub committee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade. The aim was clearly to outline some of the issues the company has faced in the wake of the now infamous “external intrusion”.

The full account can be accessed via the US PlayStation Blog but perhaps the most pertinent line comes is the disclosure that a file was found on the attacked Sony Online Entertainment server “named ‘Anonymous’ with the words ‘We are Legion.'” This has caused numerous sources around the internet to reignite their accusations that the famous, amorphous internet group was behind the attack after all.

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In truth, it’s just as likely that the planted file was a show of support, a deliberate attempt to throw investigators off the scent or simply an aspiring hacker assuming justification for what he was doing could be found in some sort of thinly understood political allegiance. All other Anonymous sources have denied involvement.

Source: US PS Blog Thanks to multiple tipsters for pointing this out.

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48 Comments

  1. if it was the Anonymous group then any sympathy I had for them is lost. Not that I had much, but still, theft is theft.

    • Sympathy? Why would you have sympathy for them?

      • they have in the past, stood up for humanitarian rights etc, and also ownership rights of hardware, which is something we should be questioning and aware of. However (and that sa big however) theft and ‘hacktivism’ can easily slip into whiney nerd-rage and straight up crime, like this.

      • I think that the group who call themselves Anonymous only originally attacked Sony’s servers in order to lash out in opposition of the proceedings in the George Hotz trial. (Acquiring all ip addresses of visitors to his site)
        Whatever THEY did, whether it be planting a file that says “We Are Legion” or taking information, it was all in order to get Sony’s attention and show that they f****d with the wrong people.
        I sincerely doubt that they even took any of our information at all, and even if they did, I doubt they’ll use it against us.
        We’re all disgruntled because we haven’t been able to use PSN for over a week now, but that’s because Sony themselves shut it down, not Anonymous. Although they did indirectly…

    • If this were an action of the Anonymous hive then we’d know it by now; this is a plant.

      • or a very clever way of playing it was not me I think they would never admit to this.

    • i think it would be funny if they didnt really think it was anonymous and they are just making those 12 year olds crap their pants

      • Anonymous isn’t an organized group any more than the village mob with torches and pitchforks are. They deserve no sympathy because they are as likely to go into a frenzy over a bad cause as they are a good one.
        But sneaking into the castle and stealing the treasure isn’t the work of the mob, but of an individual or small group, and the blame should fall there.
        Anonymous doesn’t deserve to get the blame, nor to be credited with the ability for more than internet vandalism.

      • Nicely put Bladesteel, I completely agree.

    • Sorry but it just didn’t make any scene. Think about it for a moment.
      You are hacker who deletes the log files and try as much as can possibly be done as can to hide your activity. In fact Sony even admits that this was very well hidden what was going on.

      Then you put file on there which basically saying hello world.

      Then why go to all effort to delete log files etc. then put a file on system like this?

      • You delete the logs so you and your actions are harder to track, but you leave a file behind for any one of a number of motives: showing off, assigning credit to a group you associate with, discredit someone, a red herring to deflect the heat, etc.

  2. Id just like it fixed thanks. Will let the feds deal with who and why it happened.

  3. I doubt it was Anonymous. Probably a fanboy or a diversionary measure by the hacker.

    • That was my first thoughts.

    • If you read the full 8 page letter Sony wrote, you’ll find that the 3 security firms Sony hired have determined the strike occurred under cover of Anonymous’s DDOS attacks. That is to say, either Anon was involved, or they were manipulated into doing a DDOS so the hacker could get in — sort of like getting a flash mob to dance in a bank while you break into the vault. Either way, Anon is at least partly at fault, either intentionally or unintentionally. The hacker(s) seems extremely sophisticated — they exploited system level security flaws, deleted logs, obfuscated data transfers, and were only identified because someone noticed a server rebooting for no reason. This is some sophisticated hacking.

  4. But Anonymous aren’t out to hurt consumers [which they would be doing, by taking details], rather the company?
    Then again, they haven’t used any of the details, yet.

  5. http://www.yalelawtech.org/anonymity-online-identity/we-are-anonymous-we-are-legion/

    “We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.”

    Thats the first hit on google for “We Are Legion”, too much of a co-inky-dink to dismiss it, Anonymous surely must be responsible….

    • Read it third paragraph of the article again. It could be an attempt to frame Anonymous.

    • Its not Anonymous, they woulda have owned up to it. Anonymous say they don’t want to affect users online gameplay like they did last time.
      They are defo not behind this.

      • they would be fools to say they did this & they no it a lot of jail time is coming for whoever did this.

  6. Is it someone trying to frame anonymous? I thought anonymous didn’t want to impact the consumer in any way…

    • Thats what anonymous want you to think maybe to cover up their big plan of takin credit details ect.i wouldnt trust them jerkoffs as far as i can throw em.

  7. Aye, like anything anonymous has done in the past hasn’t affected any PS3 user :/

  8. Here’s the actual 8page letter SONY jabrony sent to House of Congress:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/playstationblog/sets/72157626521862165/

    • props for using the word jabroni!

    • That letter is WELL worth reading, and I hope it satisfies everyone that Sony was doing everything it could do, and alerting us when there was news. They hired 3 different high end security analysis firms working concurrently to figure out what happened.

    • Thank you for the link, was a very interesting read.

  9. I would like to see the creation time on that file.

    • Now that would be interesting.

  10. the full letter is an interesting read and looks very much like a very very organised attack.

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