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Sony to testify over PSN hack, PlayStation Store still MIA

Company visiting Congress on Tuesday

Sony is to testify in front of Congress on Tuesday about the PSN hack which left 77 million users personal details exposed - and subsequently led to the PlayStation Store being taken offline.

Tim Schaff, president of the firm's international Sony Network Entertainment division, will visit Capitol Hill to appear before a subcommittee hearing examining the breach. The PlayStation Network falls under the company's Network Entertainment division.


Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), chairwoman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, is holding a series of hearings on data security and had previously asked Sony to testify about the PlayStation Network breach. Sony declined, instead sending in a response in writing.

"While Chairman Bono Mack remains critical of Sony's initial handling of the data breaches, she also is appreciative that the company has now agreed to testify," subcommittee aide Ken Johnson told The Atlantic.

"The Chairman firmly believes that the lessons learned from both the Sony and Epsilon experiences can be instructive and guide us as we develop comprehensive data protection legislation. We expect to introduce that legislation, which will provide new safeguards for American consumers, in the next few weeks."

Sony's PlayStation Store remains inaccessible to users around the world. The platform holder is expected to bring the online shop back before the end of May.

[ SOURCE: The Atlantic ]