Report: Sony waited a day to confirm PSN damage

Wednesday, 15th June 2011 08:38 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Sony apparently waited a day to announce the extent of damage done to PSN through April’s external intrusion that saw personal data compromised, according to a KyotoNews report.

The information was obtained via a freedom of information request in Japan. It claims that Sony Computer Entertainment wasn’t aware of the damage caused until April 25, where a “fairly large amount of data” was compromised.

It also suggests that SCE president Kaz Hirai had given incorrect information in a letter to US Congress, saying Sony had said it didn’t find out what been taken until April 26.

The decision made to delay the announcement, according to the document which had the information, was because Sony didn’t want to “bewilder our customers,” according to a statement given by the company.

“We hadn’t figured out (at that time) what kind of data had been leaked. If only passwords and IDs (were breached), they cannot be considered personal information, and so we didn’t want to bewilder our customers.”

PSN has now returned onlined, and has been since last month.

Thanks, Kotaku.



  1. NightCrawler1970

    The attack was happens in the weekend at April the 16, on a saturday.. i guess all personal of Sony are off… unless some IT-Support are working in shifts… but is Sony still doing the investigation about the breach??? they really want to NAIL somebody in the company to sack his ass…..

    I hope they learn the lesion about “lack of security on Server” so hackers can walk in and start downloading personal information like DC/CC…

    And now they have the law on there side… so Hackers wouldn’t attack again, they look further for new victims like Nitendo and other big corporations….

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Bluebird

    A bag of rice fell over in China on the 3rd of January 2009, not on January 4 as previously stated by the Rice Bag Authorities.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. fouzi fayaz

    why iM not suprised ???

    #3 3 years ago
  4. DSB

    Passwords and IDs aren’t personal information? Okay.

    The hackers had two full days to play around with their network until it was shut down, and it took them a week to verify what actually happened.

    Big networks pose certain restrictions, but that is just desperately poor effort.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Lounds

    SONY could save a bomb by sacking there IT SUPPORT team and employ me and my work force :)

    #5 3 years ago
  6. OrbitMonkey

    So i’m guessing they looked at the problem, hoping it wasn’t too bad. Y’know hoping they could sweep it under the carpet. Then 24 hours later when they realised how bad it was they must have gone “oh fuck, their goes our bonus”.

    Would NOT like to have been the guy to deliver that bad news to the bosses o_O

    #6 3 years ago
  7. sg1974

    “If only passwords and IDs (were breached), they cannot be considered personal information”

    @4 “Passwords and IDs aren’t personal information?”

    No. Personal information is relating to the person – name and date of birth. PSN IDs on their own mean little, and the passwords were hashed anyway – thats why there is no credible evidence of anyone losing control of PSN accounts

    #7 3 years ago

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