Jessica M. Karmasek Apr. 28, 2011, 9:30am
HARTFORD, Conn. (Legal Newsline) - Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen is reportedly looking into a data breach in Sony's video game online network.
Jepsen alerted state consumers to the breach on Wednesday, according to consumer advocate Connecticut Watchdog.
According to Reuters, Sony learned that user information -- including names, addresses and possibly credit card information -- had been stolen from its PlayStation Network over a week ago. It shut down the network immediately but didn't tell the public about the breach until Tuesday.
The breach may affect 77 million user accounts, Sony said. Kilmartin says the company may not have responded quick enough.
"This is the second large-scale data breach in a month, impacting tens of millions of consumers, yet information on the breadth and scope of the breach is slow in making its way to the consumers," he said.
"It appears Sony was aware of this massive breach but did not take immediate action to inform its loyal customers. That is unacceptable. Businesses are putting their customers at risk when then don't disclose this information, and need to be more forthcoming when there is even the slightest risk of identity theft."
Jepsen has asked Sony for more details about the breach, what third-party products may be affected, what the company is doing to protect its users and why users weren't notified sooner.
"In this era of increasing reliance on technology, it is vitally important that all entities entrusted with nonpublic personal information employ the highest levels of data security," Jepsen wrote in a letter to the company, according to Connecticut Watchdog.
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