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Sony CEO Howard Stringer: PS3 Hackers Haven't Held Us Back


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147w ago - Today The Street (linked above) has interviewed Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer, who states that PS3 hackers have not held them back despite numerous PlayStation Network disruptions over the last year.

He believes that they were the victim of a sophisticated vendetta orchestrated by elements within the hacking community, stating it was a revenge attack, due to them going after a PS3 hacker who exploited the PlayStation 3 console. Below is an excerpt from the interview, to quote:

NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Sony (SNE) has bounced back from a wave of hacking attacks on its PlayStation business earlier this year, according to CEO Sir Howard Stringer, who says that digital assaults are an occupational hazard for major firms.

“The press was on us for four days until somebody else got hacked and everyone realized that hacking is a fact of life,” he said, during a briefing event organized by The Wall Street Journal. “We took it on the chin over and over again - the problem that we have is that we were alone out there, so nobody had anything else to write about that month.”

Sony’s security travails certainly grabbed plenty of headlines. In May, the company confirmed that it was the victim of a massive denial-of-service attack, likely timed to coincide with the hacking of its PlayStation Network. Sony subsequently warned its 77 million users that their private account details, such as passwords, addresses and credit cards, may have been compromised after the network was infiltrated by the unknown hacker.

The Japanese tech giant was even forced to pull the PlayStation Network down while it dealt with the hacking attack, although the service was fully restored in early June.

Not that customers have taken their frustration out on Sony, according to Stringer. “They came back - they were not angry with us,” said Stringer. “They were upset that they had lost their ability to connect to their favorite service.”

The PlayStation network, he added, now has approximately 90 million users.

Stringer also reiterated the company’s belief that Sony was the victim of a sophisticated vendetta orchestrated by elements within the hacking community.

“The target opportunity was a revenge attack, initially - it was because we went after a hacker who hacked PlayStation,” he said. “PlayStation is vital to us, and so we were afraid that it would essentially destroy a PlayStation.”

The CEO explained that Sony has significantly bolstered its security defenses in the aftermath of the hacking attacks. “We have done a lot to stop that,” he said. “We have brought in a lot of forensic studies - we have brought in executives, that you have read about in the papers, that are dealing with this constantly.”

Egohot, no doubt.




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daveribz's Avatar
#14 - daveribz - 146w ago
PS3 Hackers: Sony's dumb employees haven't held us back.

Bartholomy's Avatar
#13 - Bartholomy - 146w ago
Not scared of hackers.. I see.. Ah well, maybe he meant Sony is not scared of PSN hackers, fine. They sued the last one who was going to release the ultimate psn access. If we are not scared means we sue anyone who find how idiot is our security, well..

HeyManHRU's Avatar
#12 - HeyManHRU - 146w ago
Lmao, nice one .

But what's sad about these 419 scammers is that they trick several people into giving them thousands of dollars and old people are usually the victims of these scammers. That's not to say all scammers are from Nigeria, many are also from Hong Kong and other places in China and around Asia.

DaedalusMinion's Avatar
#11 - DaedalusMinion - 146w ago
My E-Mail got leaked and I did start getting weird emails from Nigerian Princes who wanted me to pay 15000 $ to facilitate my 150,000 $ winnings. I told him, deduct the cash needed from my winnings. I never got another spam from that ID after that. LOL.

elser1's Avatar
#10 - elser1 - 146w ago
you know what they say about a fool and his money.. anyways that sucks mate you have to go through that sid.. i never even got an email about the original breach from sony.. but i may not have been effected or something.

i've had no trouble yet.. touch wood.. LOL it would suck to be a target like sony is though..

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