SCEA boss: Sony now 'ever vigilant' in wake of PSN hack
- Posted June 14th, 2011 at 16:22 EDT by Michael Harradence
Jack Tretton, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA), has said the console maker has been "ever vigilant” in wake of the cyber attacks on PlayStation Network in mid-April.
Chatting with the New York Times, Tretton described the breach, which left millions of users’ personal data compromised, as a “wakeup call” for the electronics giant, and insisted that Sony is "doing everything we can" to protect its consumers.
“We have been ever vigilant with everything that has been happening,” he commented.
“If you read the newspaper, you realize that there are companies being bombarded with people trying to hack them all the time. Yet, this was a real wakeup call we had to go through. Now we feel our systems are more secure that they have ever been.”
Elsewhere, the executive revealed that “more than 70 million people” had returned to PSN after the service was restored last month. He also expects a fresh batch of users to jump on board the network on the strength of PS3’s impending holiday line-up.
Finally, quizzed as to whether or not Sony wants to discourage users from modifying their PS3 consoles, Tretton replied, “We embrace independent game development; if you call that hacking, then we embrace that. We give people tools that let them create new experience.”
“What I don’t think we are in support of is someone trying to hack our device to pirate software and possibly collapse the platform.”