Sony No.2 Hirai apologizes for massive data breach

TOKYO Sun May 1, 2011 1:19am EDT

Sony Corp's Executive Deputy President Kazuo Hirai speaks at a news conference to apologise for a massive security breach of its PlayStation Network in Tokyo May 1, 2011. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Sony Corp's Executive Deputy President Kazuo Hirai speaks at a news conference to apologise for a massive security breach of its PlayStation Network in Tokyo May 1, 2011.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Kazuo Hirai, the frontrunner to take over the top job at Sony Corp, apologized on Sunday for a security breach that allowed hackers to gain access to personal information on 77 million accounts for its PlayStation Network service.

"We apologize deeply for causing great unease and trouble to our users," Hirai said before he and other executives bowed deeply at a briefing in Tokyo.

(Reporting by Isabel Reynolds; Editing by Nathan Layne)

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Comments (3)
JRZ wrote:
Where is Sony No.1 man?

May 01, 2011 7:04am EDT  --  Report as abuse
JRZ wrote:
Where is the Sony No.1 man?

May 01, 2011 7:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
dgerard wrote:
“We discovered a file making a clear reference to ‘Username unknown,’” the company said in a letter to the US Congress on Wednesday, “and a blank user icon which therefore was anonymous. D’you see what that means? It means George Hotz and his hacker friends are loathsome criminal masterminds! So obviously we can’t be held liable for negligence in the face of forces like these. In conclusion, give us money.”

The letter details the company’s actions over the past two weeks. It says Sony acted with “care and caution” in deciding how to act and how long it thought it could get away without telling anyone. “We did not want to cause confusion and cause customers to take unnecessary actions, such as stopping their credit card payments to us.”

My blog post: http://newstechnica.com/?p=3057

May 05, 2011 6:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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