Sony clarifies Anonymous isn’t responsible for PSN hacking

Darren Allan

May 2, 2011

At a press event in Tokyo yesterday, Sony moved to formally apologise for the PSN hacking incident which has seen the network down for nearly two weeks now while the company restructures security.

Sony detailed new security measures, said it was sorry (about all the stolen user data), explained that core PSN and Qriocity services would be coming back this week, said it was sorry again, and then detailed a “welcome back” pack of freebies which will be made available to users.

There are certainly questions which remain, however, not the least of which is whether credit card details were spilled. Sony still stuck to the line that “there is no evidence at this time that credit card data was taken”, covering their backs in case it was pinched.

And then there’s also the issue of who was behind the attack, of course. Initially, some suspected Anonymous, although the loose collection of activists quickly posted up a piece denying that this was an officially organised attack.

At yesterday’s press conference, Kazuo Hirai, Executive Deputy President of Sony, was questioned as to whether there was any link between Anonymous and the downing of PSN.

He confirmed that there was no such link, and the “the group known for targeting Sony was not at all responsible for current attack”, Gamepur reports.

So who was responsible? That’s still an unknown, much like the potential fate of the encrypted credit card data…

What is known is that Sony is unlikely to let this one lie before they locate the perpetrator(s): “The company is conducting a thorough and on-going investigation and working with law enforcement to track down and prosecute those responsible for the illegal intrusion.”


Comments in chronological order (2 comments)

  1. Brian Turner says:

    Anonymous do community flooding, not hacking for credit cards.

    Expect the blame for this one to start drifting towards Russia or China.

  2. Tony says:


    …or Seattle???

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