As Sony’s crisis management machine continues to search for answers, sources familiar with the matter say the Tokyo based tech-giant is mulling offering a reward to anyone with information which could help unveil the hackers responsible for the unprecedented PlayStation Network security breach, which could have affected 100 million users.
With the PlayStation Network (PSN) still offline after the cyber-attacks, the option of a sizeable bounty shows how seriously the company are taking the matter, and how desperate they are to catch the miscreants before any more damage is done to their reputation.
If Sony presses ahead, it will reportedly do so with the full backing of the FBI and other law enforcement agencies around the world, who could find the data breach within their jurisdiction.
In an address to the US Congress about the matter, Sony said it was still in the dark about the identities of the hackers that infiltrated the PSN, and stole the personal and financial data of its users.
There are suggestions that Sony feels the security breach has the fingerprints of the infamous hackers Anonymous all over it, saying that they found files labelled “Anonymous” and “We are legion” (an Anonymous slogan), on their servers. Unsurprisingly, no one at the group has admitted culpability for the hack, however, they’ve fallen short of a flat denial.
With Sony’s share price sliding, consumer trust dipping and government agencies pressing for answers, it would surprise no one if Sony Chief Executive Sir Howard Stringer and the companies board gave the go-ahead in order to get people spilling the beans. With the hacking community just as susceptible to the lure of serious lucre, as anyone else, don’t be surprised if the identities of the PSN hackers are exposed sooner than later.
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Via All Things Digital