Protecting content made Sony hackers' target

Sony supremo Howard Stringer has been complaining that his rigorous defence of content had resulted in his outfit becoming the target of hackers.

According to Reuters, Stringer told a shareholder meeting that it was targeted by hackers because it tried to protect its intellectual property.

The moan was part of a sidestep to a call from some shareholders that he fall on his sword because of the ease that the hackers had in taking out Sony.

No one has admitted to the hacking attack in April, in which details of 77 million PlayStation videogame user accounts were leaked. It was most likely a reaction against the way that Sony was treating its customers as part of a clamp down on unauthorised modifications to PS3 game consoles.

Sony blocked the ability of PS3 users to run Linux and then when this was bypassed with a mod, sued the modders into next week.

Stringer told shareholders that Sony’s games were its corporate assets, and there are those that don’t want Sony to protect them, they want everything to be free.

It was clear that the Stringer did not carry all the shareholders with him with his tub thumping rhetoric. Another shareholder asked him to step down to allow the company to make a fresh start after what is believed to be the world’s biggest ever Internet security breach. The shareholders comments were greeted with applause.

Sony also has to face questions as to why a large chunk of its servers were not protected by anything passing for security. A court case filed in the United States said that Sony fired employees in a unit responsible for network security two weeks before the hacking incident.

Meanwhile the outfit had top quality security on its own corporate information while failing to do the same for its customers’ data, the class action claimed.