May 1, 2011 / 5:20 AM / in 8 years

Sony No.2 Hirai apologizes for massive data breach

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

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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