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Stringer: Sony hacked because it “tried to protect” content

Tuesday, 28th June 2011 07:04 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sony CEO Sir Howard has said Sony was hacked because it “tried to protect” its content from those who “want everything to be free”.

“We believe that we first became the subject of attack because we tried to protect our IP, our content, in this case videogames,” Stringer said, speaking to shareholders this morning.

“These are our corporate assets, and there are those that don’t want us to protect them, they want everything to be free”.

Stringer was called on to resign over the PlayStation Network hacking incident, but chose to deflect the request.

A external intrusion in mid-April brought the PlayStation Network down for over a month while Sony shored up security, with 77 million user records, including credit card details and passwords, compromised in the process.

Thanks, Kotaku.

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  1. mojo

    /shakes head

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Patrick Garratt

    Innit.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Christopher Jack

    He’s right for the most part. Hackers don’t like people who protect themselves, they just see it as yet another wall to climb, whether it be GeoHot or LulzSec, it doesn’t matter, they all have the same mindset. What Sony did here in response to the hacks is exactly what any other professional company would have done in the same situation, except Nintendo, next to nobody went bellyaching when they got hacked in a near identical situation. I’m not defending Sony, I’m just saying don’t alienate one in when they’re all as guilty as each other.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. mojo

    psn got hacked coz they wanted to steal user data. exactly what they did.
    Ps3 got initialy hacked to get back what has been paid for.

    shithead!

    3: lol

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Christopher Jack

    @4, Intentions are irrelevant, hackers just want to hack, intentions are their excuses.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. mojo

    my statement was aimed at stringer, not at you.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Christopher Jack

    To be fair, Sony didn’t force anybody to remove the Other OS. The only reason they did remove it was to prevent piracy using GeoHotz hack method, his intentions were to gain more juice out of the machine to run more power consuming programs but in turn, completely opened up the PS3′s OS for pirates.
    Sony couldn’t plug the holes so they just completely removed it. It’s not up to me to decide whether Sony was in their rights to do so, but from a non-objective PoV it’s completely understandable, but from a consumers PoV, it was a dick move but it didn’t effect me so I should not care either way.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. endgame

    now that’s just asking for it.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. NightCrawler1970

    Well stringer, time to take it easy man, to avoid more high blood pressure, the best thing is, resign, and hang out in the XXX-Club, and flashing with ya dollar-bill to the stripper, you cheap-ass bastard…, you always comes with excuses….

    #9 3 years ago
  10. ShakaCarnage

    Sony got hacked for one simple reason: They had outdated security measures, and were an easy target. Notice that most of the hacks were databases, or DOS attacks? Not proper full-on malicuous altering of code.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Christopher Jack

    @10, I’m sorry, but how the fuck would you know whether or not their security was outdated? Even still, that’s not why they were targeted, that’s a ridiculously stupid assumption.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. ShakaCarnage

    @11 Anonymous stated that Sony’s Apache server where all the accounts were held was outdated, as were its database servers. And I dissagree, all victimes of recent hacks were targeted because they were easy targets – it’s as simple as that. High value targets, such as Banks, and any target where money can be made, simply has a higher level of security.

    Publisher websites are small fry for real hackers – that’s my belief.

    And remember, PSN wasn’t hacked – but the accounts of its users. Sony chose to take PSN offline. The accounts of PSNs users were held unencrypted on an outdated server.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. MadFingerz

    His words are understandable considering he’s talking with shareholders. “We got hacked cause hackers wanted to hack us” is simply something they wouldn’t understand/accept.

    #13 3 years ago
  14. ShakaCarnage

    @13 totally agree.

    #14 3 years ago
  15. xxJPRACERxx

    Why they ask him to resign for this, that was not is fault. He’s not head of security.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. mojo

    “We got hacked cause hackers wanted to hack us”
    that would be as wrong as what he actualy said.
    They got hacked for the sole and simple purpose of stealing information.

    it would be the same question if a grocery store asks, why got we robbed.
    To steal ur stuff!
    thats why.

    apart from that i agree with ShakaCarnage.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. MadFingerz

    @mojo: How is it wrong? Stealing information would be a reason of why they “wanted to hack”…I only generalised so I didn’t sound like an ass who pretends to know exactly what their intentions were. It could be that, it could be due to hate for the company, it could be for the lulz, none of us knows and I for one don’t give a crap.

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Christopher Jack

    These hackers are so objective & only see what ever they want to see. Nintendo’s been a more vocal opposition of hacking for much longer than Sony. This is all a part of GeoHotz personal anti-Sony campaign, he even went onto tv for fucks sake!

    #18 3 years ago
  19. ShakaCarnage

    @18 No need to swear, you fucking moron.

    It has nothing to do with any anti-Sony campaign from GeoHotz. He may hate them, but it wasn’t he that hacked the PSN server. Sony were the first in a long line of targets set out by Anonymous and LulZSec – it’s just that Anonymous responded to Sony’s court action against Hotz – not a direct order from Hotz to attack.

    If you’re going to comment on the news, at least read it.

    #19 3 years ago
  20. DSB

    This reminds me of G-Dubya telling everybody that they were attacked because terrorists hate freedom. Huge lulz.

    @ChrisJack It took them 48 hours to react after detecting the attack, by Sony’s own account. I think it’s safe to say that they aren’t on top of their game. They basically let the hackers have their way with their network.

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Christopher Jack

    @19, I’m not directly blaming him, but whether you want to admit it or not is unimportant, he was a major factor in this from the beginning & this was all a negative chain of events that he is partially responsible for. He could have dropped it at any time but his pride & arrogance got in the way. Even after he dropped out of his suit against Sony he continued with his Anti-Sony propaganda. His personal goal was to get as many people as possible to hate Sony & boy did he succeed.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. DSB

    I guess we’re all crying for Sony again. Maybe they just shouldn’t have sued a simple homebrewer, like Apple did(n’t)? Last thing I heard, they weren’t subject of dicussions like these, in spite of having faced this supposedly infinite wrath of the guy from the basement, with the funny hair.

    If we’re talking about holding people responsible for the attacks who have nothing to do with it, then it’s just as valid to say that Sony simply shouldn’t have sued the guy.

    SONY CAUSED IT.

    /assbackwards logic

    #22 3 years ago
  23. ShakaCarnage

    @21 I can tell you believe everything you read in a press release or statement.

    Opinion is a wonderful thing, especially when someone else’s opinion is wrong. We’re all allowed to have our own, though.

    I’m now going to find better things to do with my lunch.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Christopher Jack

    @23, Of course not, especially with Apple, they use existing terms & morph the meaning into something entirely new, incredibly deceitful.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Deacon

    @23 – perhaps you should attempt to learn some manners during the remainder of your lunch. Arrogant much?

    ‘It has nothing to do with any anti-Sony campaign from GeoHotz’
    ‘Sony got hacked for one simple reason: They had outdated security measures’

    You must know the people personally responsible for the attack to have such grand insight into these events! Please share your inside scoop with us!?

    In your own delightfully chosen words – you fucking moron.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. ShakaCarnage

    @25, Thanks, I’ll happily share my source. It’s VG247, you fucking moron.

    Those who like debate, usually engage in said debate with some idea of the facts. I’ve read VG247 throughout the whole ordeal – perhaps you should’ve done the same?

    And with regards to manners, if you’ll care to read back, ChrisJack said “I’m sorry, but how the fuck would you know whether or not their security was outdated?”

    I believe he started swearing first, so there. That said, like IM services, text based communications don’t carry tone in any conversation as kindly as real world conversations might do. For this reason, you may have missed my intended sarcasm.

    For that, I’ll apologise, because you’ve missunderstood my tone.

    Calling me arrogant, however, is a bit of a piss take. I’m just well informed by some fantastic journalists on this and other websites.

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Deacon

    I don’t come here to argue. And like you I spend far more time on this site than I should.

    ‘It has nothing to do with any anti-Sony campaign from GeoHotz’
    ‘Sony got hacked for one simple reason: They had outdated security measures’

    ^ Really though?

    [EDIT] I followed the story all the way along. Couldn’t get enough!
    I highly doubt any website worth their salt would throw around stupid statements like ‘it had absolutely nothing to do with Hotz’.
    That my friend is your opinion, and I don’t think you should be passing it off as gospel.

    #27 3 years ago
  28. minxamo

    No it was hacked because they saved their user’s personal information in plain text format…

    #28 3 years ago
  29. Deacon

    :sigh:

    #29 3 years ago
  30. mortiferus

    Stringer is in denial… Sony was hacked because of their poor security management and practices, plain and simple. It’s embarrassing that after all it’s been through, after being publicly tarred and feathered, after having to answer to governments all over the world for their fuck up, that the best Sony’s upper management can do is continue to come up with lame excuses and outrageous claims.

    #30 3 years ago
  31. ShakaCarnage

    @27 OK, so let me make this clear. Lots of websites posted information about the hacks. In Sonys case, Anonymous posted the apache logs of the servers where the PSN user account information was gained.

    These logs had the apache server release number, and other server program release numbers – and were out of date. This isn’t my opinion, but that of Anonymous, the original source of the hack.

    As for me saying “it had nothing to do with Hotz” – you followed incorrectly. It was a response to this, again from ChrisJack:

    “This is all a part of GeoHotz personal anti-Sony campaign, he even went onto tv for fucks sake!”

    And here’s my full resposne, just because you selectively quoted me:

    “It has nothing to do with any anti-Sony campaign from GeoHotz. He may hate them, but it wasn’t he that hacked the PSN servers. Sony were the first in a long line of targets set out by Anonymous and LulZSec – it’s just that Anonymous responded to Sony’s court action against Hotz – not a direct order from Hotz to attack.”

    Let me repeat the last line:

    “it’s just that Anonymous responded to Sony’s court action against Hotz – not a direct order from Hotz to attack.”

    So, I said It’s nothing to do with Hotz? No, I said it’s nothing to do with any anti-Sony campaign by Hotz. Is he a contributing factor to why Sony got hacked? Yes, of course he is, as outlined above, as a concequence of Sony taking him to court – a direct response by Anonymous.

    Is Hotz the reason Sony were able to be hacked? No. The reason for that, as stated, by Anonymous (The source of the hack) was insecure servers running old versions of apache with serious security flaws.

    [EDITED - I forgot to put at @27]

    #31 3 years ago
  32. Deacon

    I firmly believe that without the whole firmware hack and subsequent court case, the hackers wouldn’t have made Sony their number 1 target.

    Sure, it was probably inevitable, what with the butthurt hackers STILL complaining over the removal of OtherOS, and Sony’s somewhat stupid comments in the past about the PS3 being hack-proof. Hotz was without a doubt a catalyst.

    Yes, there were numerous websites posting stolen data showing Apache this and server that. Whether or not their security infrastructure was wildly outdated plays NO PART in the WHY they were hacked. Sure, it let them in. But when discussing the WHY they were hacked, well that’s something completely different.
    I have read nothing to support the idea that they were attacked BECAUSE of their shoddy network security. That all seems pretty backwards and it stinks of something a Sony-hating fanboy would come out with.

    Hotz actively encouraged any and all to move against Sony. Of course he wasn’t masterminding the hack, but did he have a lot to do with the WHY? Awww yeah.

    THUUUUNNNDDDEEERRRRR UPPP INNNN HEEERRREEEEE!!! o_O

    #32 3 years ago
  33. IL DUCE

    Yea-no…they got hacked because they tried to tell people what they can and can’t do with their personal property and tried make an example of a fellow hacker, so in turn the hackers attacked Sony…really its simple as that, don’t pick a fight with hackers if you don’t have the security to back it up…so basically, Sony got hacked because they are stupid…

    I’m not even bothering to read the rest of the comments cuz I know the Sony fan boys are like ‘yeah he’s right, the guy who said a week to tell us psn was breached and our personal data was stolen was a fast enough response time and couldn’t even tell us with certainty what data had been compromised, the guy who most likely had a hand in laying off a bunch of security exports weeks before the breach, yeah ill listen to him’…if they would open their eyes they would see Sony is a joke…(esp now after Tretton reminded me of the BP South Park clip saying ‘We’re sorry’ while he was apologizing @ E3, at least to me lol) now Sony is getting defensive and placing blame everywhere but themselves and trying to come up with more BS reasons trying to explain away the irresponsibility of a company that is directly linked to why this happened…

    #33 3 years ago
  34. OlderGamer

    “Yea-no…they got hacked because they tried to tell people what they can and can’t do with their personal property and tried make an example of a fellow hacker, so in turn the hackers attacked Sony…really its simple as that, don’t pick a fight with hackers if you don’t have the security to back it up…so basically, Sony got hacked because they are stupid…”

    IL DUCE +1

    And if I recall, Someone from Sony even claimed that their system was unhackable. Thats kinda like slathering yourself in blood and jumping with the sharks if ya ask me.

    #34 3 years ago
  35. DSB

    I don’t think it’s right to say that Sony got hacked because they were stupid. They obviously didn’t have a plan for how to deal with homebrewers, and as a result they chose the most draconic solution, to what really shouldn’t be a major problem for a megaton corporation.

    But that’s still monday morning quarterbacking. Could they have handled it better, and suffered less? Obviously. Was their security lacking? Obviously.

    But they didn’t exactly go out of their way to provoke an attack, and neither did Geohotz. They just acted in the way that you’d expect from most faceless corporations, with an overkill response, and in this case, it backfired in a very serious way.

    #35 3 years ago

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