Sony boss Stringer: We were hacked because we tried to protect our IP

There was a shareholders’ meeting at Sony in Tokyo yesterday, where Sony CEO Howard Stringer had to face down tough questions about the PSN downtime and theft of user data in April and May, caused by hacker attacks. Some at the meeting even called for his resignation.

Stringer brushed off the attacks on his position, claiming that the hacks were a result of Sony trying to protect itself against piracy: “We believe that we first became the subject of attack because we tried to protect our IP, our content, in this case videogames. These are our corporate assets, and there are those that don’t want us to protect them, they want everything to be free.”

This is obviously an attempt to connect the initial trial against hacker George Hotz, and the subsequent string of DDoS attacks from hacker group Anonymous, with the much more serious attacks that resulted in a prolonged PSN downtime, the underlying line of thinking being that determined hacker attacks can’t be stopped.

Questions still remain about whether Sony’s security systems were up to scratch at the time, and whether the company handled the situation in the best way possible, once the leak was discovered.