Hackers Plan to Attack Sony This Weekend

Sony CEO apologizes; firm to offer free ID-theft monitoring
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2011 9:01 AM CDT
Hackers Plan to Attack Sony This Weekend
Sony CEO Howard Stringer.   (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

Sony’s CEO has finally broken his silence on the PlayStation network break-ins—but his comments come just as hackers, angry at Sony’s handling of the situation, announced plans to attack the company this weekend, in what would be the third such attack against Sony. These hackers say they have access to Sony servers, and aim to reveal “some or all” of the information they can copy from them, reports CNET. Meanwhile, Sony says it will offer a free identity-theft prevention service to its customers for a year; the service includes a $1 million insurance policy for victims of identity theft, notes the Consumerist.

In an apologetic blog post last night, CEO Howard Stringer wrote: “Let me assure you that the resources of this company have been focused on investigating the entire nature and impact of the cyber-attack we've all experienced and on fixing it.” He also addressed questions over why it took Sony so long to announce the full breadth of the cyber attack, reports the Wall Street Journal. “I wish we could have gotten the answers we needed sooner, but forensic analysis is a complex, time-consuming process,” he wrote. (Read more Sony stories.)

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