Just these few things I have read here indicate this was not the work of a white hat trying to show everybody Sony's incompetence, it was a black hat hoping to use all the stolen data for their own malicious intent.
This is a joke right? Pretty tall conspiracy order you have there, and quite ridiculous at that since they could have taken our info anytime they wanted without a 'fake' breach.
Even if there was no breach and the supposed $1.5 billion dollars they have spent thus far to get everything repaired and investigated was all-made up, I seriously doubt they would do this to themselves, as the incident hurts Sony more than anybody else.
Their stocks are taking a massive plunge, probably hundreds of thousands of customers are considering never buying anything PlayStation related again, then there is all the lost revenue they would have normally made if the PSN was up and running where people are buying DLC and other purchases... not to mention all the potential lawsuits that will arise over this.
Yeah this was the work of Sony alright, the massive plot to screw themselves over and lose the trust of millions of customers and anybody else who has read or seen this on the news, lol.
You assume the hacker is a white hat, but there have already been a few members here who claim fraud on their CC accounts and one reputable member claiming that an email account associated with the PSN was compromised and used to send out spam and other crap (he used the same PW on his PSN account as he did the email).