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Howard Stinger Reveals Possible Causes of Attack On Sony

Howard Stringer, the chief executive officer of Sony Corp. revealed to the share holders of the company about the possible causes that eventually led to the devastating hack attack on its PlayStation and PC Gaming Networks in April, 2011.

However, the CEO wittingly or unwittingly, ended up diminishing the line between pirated software and Linux during his explanation.

“Anonymous targeted Sony earlier this year after Sony proceeded in court against George “GeoHot” Hotz, a programmer who attempted to enable the PlayStation 3 to run the Linux operating system,” Mr. Stringer said during the share holder’s meeting, Peter Cohen of Zdnet reports (opens in new tab).

The PlayStation 3 console was originally built to support Linux through the “OtherOS” feature embedded into the device. However, the console giant later removed the Linux compatibility as a part of the mandatory firmware update introduced during the launch of the PS3 slimline model.

The company cited “security concerns” to justify the step which did not go too well with some of its customers.

According to many analysts, the remarks made by the CEO during the share holder’s meeting simply blurred the line between having one’s PS3 console running on the Linux OS, and any ordinary software piracy.

“Stringer’s comment casts a wide net that unfairly implicates many PS3 owners who simply wanted to run another operating system on their consoles,” Peter Cohen wrote on his Zdnet blog.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.