Sony To Congress: A File Named “Anonymous” Found On Our Servers

Things have just taken a rather drastic turn, guys, as Sony recently told congress in a hearing that they found a file on one of their servers named “Anonymous”, with the message “We Are Legion” attached to it.

Kazuo Hirai, chairman of the board of directors at SCEA, today submitted written answers to questions asked by the congress subcommittee concerning the PSN breach, and swiftly Sony’s US director of corporate communications, Patrick Seybold, posted the documents on the US PS Blog for all to see.

Said Seybold:

“In summary, we told the subcommittee that in dealing with this cyber attack we followed four key principles: Act with care and caution, provide relevant information to the public when it has been verified, take responsibility for our obligations to our customers, and Work with law enforcement authorities.

We also informed the subcommittee of the following: Sony has been the victim of a very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack.”

He added: “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.” By April 25, forensic teams were able to confirm the scope of the personal data they believed had been taken, and could not rule out whether credit card information had been accessed. On April 26, we notified customers of those facts.

As of today, the major credit card companies have not reported any fraudulent transactions that they believe are the direct result of this cyber attack. Protecting individuals’ personal data is the highest priority and ensuring that the Internet can be made secure for commerce is also essential. Worldwide, countries and businesses will have to come together to ensure the safety of commerce over the Internet and find ways to combat cybercrime and cyber terrorism.

We are taking a number of steps to prevent future breaches, including enhanced levels of data protection and encryption; enhanced ability to detect software intrusions, unauthorized access and unusual activity patterns; additional firewalls; establishment of a new data center in an undisclosed location with increased security; and the naming of a new Chief Information Security Officer.

We told the subcommittee about our intent to offer complimentary identity theft protection to U.S. account holders and detailed the ‘Welcome Back’ program that includes free downloads, 30 days of free membership in the PlayStation Plus premium subscription service; 30 days of free service for Music Unlimited subscribers; and extending PlayStation Plus and Music Unlimited subscriptions for the number of days services were unavailable.

We are working around the clock to have some PlayStation Network services restored and we’ll be providing specific details shortly. We hope this update is helpful to you, and we will continue to keep you posted as we work to restore our network and provide you with both the entertainment and the security you deserve.”

Before the massive attack that brought down PSN and SOE, Anonymous said Sony hadn’t seen nothing yet, before adding what it was about to do would cause massive damage.

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3 Comments on "Sony To Congress: A File Named “Anonymous” Found On Our Servers"

  1. nick May 5, 2011 at 4:57 am -


  2. Ernice Gilbert May 5, 2011 at 5:41 am -

    No coincidence. These guys are responsible, I don’t care what they say or how they try to spin this.

  3. nick May 5, 2011 at 9:56 am -

    i dont think so, there not that stupid!
    whoever did do it is just probably trying to frame them sending the investigation on a false lead and buying them time.

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