During the PlayStation Network outage, Sony was asked to appear before a U.S. House of Representatives committee to explain the situation. The company declined, sending an eight-page letter instead. Now it will go before Congress, when the president of Sony Network Entertainment visits a Tuesday hearing to answer questions.

Tim Schaff will testify before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, reports The Atlantic. Rep. Mary Bono Mack is the committee chair.


"While Chairman Bono Mack remains critical of Sony's initial handling of the data breaches, she also is appreciative that the company has now agreed to testify," a subcommittee aide told The Atlantic.

Bono Mack thinks Sony's experience with the 23-data network outage, and a data breach that compromised some 10 million credit card numbers, will be instructive as the committee prepares to "develop comprehensive data protection legislation," the aide said. The legislation should be introduced in the next few weeks.

In Sony's eight-page letter to Congress on May 4, Sony Computer Entertainment president Kazuo Hirai said Sony knew how the attack was perpetrated byt not who was behind it. Hirai detailed additional security measures the company had taken and noted it was cooperating with the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to find those responsible.

Sony Exec to Testify About PlayStation Network Hack [The Atlantic]