House: “Ugly” hacker threats “ironically” spurred by IP protection

Wednesday, 18th January 2012 00:14 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Sony Computer Entertainment boss Andrew House feels Sony’s legal stance against hackers is in gamers’ best interests, and finds negative response somewhat ironic.

“There were some very ugly threats going on, and we became the target,” the executive told CVG.

“The irony, for me, is that we became the target because we thought, I think quite fairly, that we were trying to protect our intellectual property rights from piracy. But it was ironically that which led a certain sector of opinion to think that, somehow, we were acting against their best interests.”

House said Sony is now in “very solid company with many other institutions and companies” also at risk of of hacker activity.

“That will be an ongoing challenge, and I think it’s one we’ll have to take extremely seriously. Bit it galvanised us, right up to the very top of the company,” he added.

“We’ve hired an extremely experienced Chief Information Security Officer at the corporate level, not just on the PlayStation level. We’ve revamped our systems to the best of our ability, to try to ensure that this kind of thing, as far as possible, can be prevented.”

After the PlayStation Network was compromised in mid-April 2011, the service went offline for over a month. Sony could not find evidence of user’s personal and financial information being compromised, but urged users to take security measures. Although no individual or group was deemed responsible for the attack, it followed weeks of activity by hacktivist group Anonymous in response to Sony’s lawsuits against PlayStation 3 hackers.



  1. renbin

    Stealth marketing by companies is polluting online forums

    #1 3 years ago
  2. DSB

    I don’t see what intellectual property rights has to do with anyones interest except for the rights holder. There were still ideas being thought and plays and songs being written long before there ever was corporate lawyers.

    Of course IP is the basis for the vast majority of entertainment today, but ultimately I think the average consumer cares as little about the plight of a multi-billion dollar company whining that some kid did a jailbreak on their system, as a multi-billion dollar company cares that a cat took a shit on one of their consumers rugs.

    It’s just not that kind of relationship. It doesn’t mean that it isn’t a challenge for the company, but it means it’s a challenge that will very easily make you the bad guy if you don’t consider that fact.

    “I think it’s one we’ll have to take extremely seriously”

    Gee, ya think?

    #2 3 years ago

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