Sony employs private investigators to trace hackers following data thefts

Posted on May 5th, 2011 - Under General

Entertainment giant Sony announces it has employed a team of investigation specialists to track down hackers.

Following two instances of data theft in which the details of more than 100 million gamers were stolen, Sony hires private investigators to trace the culprits.

Technology giant Sony has announced this week that it has recruited a top notch team of private investigators to track down the hackers who stole private data from its network last month.

The announcement comes just days after the firm admitted that details of a further 25 million Sony Online Entertainment users had been stolen in an attack which took place a few days before the breach of the Sony PlayStation Network at the end of April.

The news also comes as the UK Information Commissioner’s Office announced it has contacted Sony in regards to the security breach, which has been described as the worst case of cyber theft in history. It added that it was making enquiries into whether to investigate the attack, which is thought to have affected more than 77 million gamers worldwide.

Earlier this week Sony confirmed that it had employed a former special agent from the US Naval Investigative Service to work alongside experts from Protiviti and Guidance Software to investigate the attack. It’s thought the FBI have also launched a separate investigation into the incident.

Since the attacks took place there have no significant leads on the culprit of the attack, with prolific online activists Anonymous adamantly denying responsibility. Despite investigators saying they are no further forward in identifying the responsible group, the Wall Street Journal claims that at least some of the attack was launched from Malaysia, although it’s not yet known if the attacks themselves were launched from the country or it was simply a Malaysian server which was used.

Both the PlayStation Network and the Sony Online Entertainment service were taken offline following the attacks and there is currently no indication as to when they may go back online.

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