After Sony's PlayStation Network got hacked, losing millions of credit card numbers, Congress is investigating the data breach and Sony's response to it.
Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) convened a hearing of her Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade in the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday, and had asked Sony to testify in Washington.
Sony declined to send a representative, instead submitting an eight-page letter responding to the subcommittee's 13 written questions, which sought to ascertain how the breach happened, how many credit card numbers were lifted, who was responsible, and whether Sony responded appropriately.
"Sony now faces a large-scale cyber-attack involving the theft of personal information. This cyber-attack came shortly after Sony Computer Entertainment America was the subject of denial of service attacks launched against several Sony companies and threats made against both Sony and its executives in retaliation for enforcing intellectual properaty rights in U.S. Federal Court," wrote Kazuo Hirai, chairman of the board of directors for Sony Computer Entertainment America in his letter to the subcommittee:
Bono Mack intends to ask Sony, once again, to testify before the committee, according to a senior staffer.