SOE's John Smedley weighs in on the recent hacks

Jef Reahard
J. Reahard|10.14.11

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SOE's John Smedley weighs in on the recent hacks
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You'd think putting the words Sony and hack together in the same sentence would give John Smedley a minor heart attack. Not so, according to a GameSpot writer who spoke with Sony Online Entertainment's CEO at the recent GDC Austin event.

Unlike the lengthy service outage that cost the company some credibility (and millions of dollars) earlier this year, the latest attempted security breach was neither widespread nor particularly effective, according to Smedley. It's also likely that the problem didn't stem from compromised Sony network data. "We've said publicly when we were compromised before that the information is out there and could have been used. That was obviously the first thing we looked at. Then we did the mathematical analysis and said 'obviously that's not what happened.' I'm not going to say it's impossible [{that}the info came from Sony]. We just think that's not the most likely case," Smedley explained.
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