The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is helping investigate the recent PlayStation Network data breach that left over 77 million users' private information at risk.
"The Department of Homeland Security is aware of the recent cyber intrusion to Sony's PlayStation Network and Qriocity music service," DHS spokesman Chris Ortman told NextGov. "DHS' U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team is working with law enforcement, international partners and Sony to assess the situation."
Typically, Homeland Security abstains from assisting private companies. This seems to be an exception. Earlier this year, the department helped investigate the NASDAQ stock market hack. FBI is also investigating the Sony data breach.
"The FBI is aware of the reports concerning the alleged intrusion into the Sony online game server and we have been in contact with Sony concerning this matter," said FBI Special Agent Darrell Foxworth in a statement. "We are presently reviewing the available information in an effort to determine the facts and circumstances concerning this alleged criminal activity."
PlayStation Network data at risk may include user credit card information, email accounts, passwords, addresses, security questions, and general profile information.
The hacker(s) is(are) going to be screwed whenever they get caught, since the government is helping Sony now!