Sony hires former Homeland Security officer in wake of data breach

By on September 6, 2011, 10:43 AM

Sony Corp has hired a former official from the US Department of Homeland Security as their chief information security officer. The move comes after Sony was the target of a devastating cyber attack earlier this year that subsequently caused shares in the company to fall 55 percent, according to Reuters.

Philip Reitinger is the former head of the US National Cyber Security Center for the Department of Homeland Security and will now be in charge of keeping Sony’s network, and more importantly, user's personal data safe from further attacks. A Sony spokesperson said that the network issue was a catalyst for the appointment and that the company is looking to bolster security even further.

In early April, the hacker group Anonymous executed a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against the Sony Playstation website. Later that month, between April 17 and 19, the Playstation Network was hacked and certain PSN and Qriocity account details were compromised. Sony pulled the plug on those networks and hired an external security firm to perform a complete investigation.

The outage lasted for roughly three weeks and cost Sony nearly $175 million. Over 100 million accounts are thought to have been compromised in the attacks. In response to angry customers, Sony offered all affected users two free PS3 or PSP games of their choice as well as a selection of free movie rentals for one weekend and a free month’s subscription to Playstation Plus for non-subscribers (or an extension of 60 days for existing members).




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Guest said:

lol if people can hack into government websites, hiring this guy wont do anything

3DCGMODELER 3DCGMODELER said:

Guest said:

lol if people can hack into government websites, hiring this guy wont do anything

I totally agree, they are wasting there money..

Hey, If they want to be better at security, Offer the job to a few "Hackers"... Ya Think....!!!!

Better money Spent.... IMHO... !!!

Mike

Vrmithrax Vrmithrax, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Wow, so the hackers' motivations just went from "embarrass Sony" to "embarrass Sony AND the Dept of Homeland Security." Do they just not understand hackers? This just paints a larger target on Sony's systems.

The good news is that, as former head of the Cyber Security Center, maybe he'll have some good inside information for recruiting cyber-savvy security forces. At the very least, he may know some hackers who'd like to trade prison sentences for Sony sentences......

Cota Cota said:

Homeland Security != Security :\

gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

All they probably needed to do is talk to the guy on the lowest rung in their IT department who could tell them every single problem with their system.

Guest said:

yeah exactly, lol. That said I thought that Anon* had denied shutting down PSN ??

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Homeland Security doesn't know anything about anything... Let Sony figure that out for themselves when they get hacked again.

PinothyJ said:

Guest said:

yeah exactly, lol. That said I thought that Anon* had denied shutting down PSN ??

Anon had nothing to do with it, it was the LulzSec hack train...

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