Hackers Planning Third Strike Against Sony, CEO Offers $1 Million Apology

Paul Lilly

This just keeps getting uglier. In a letter to Congress, Sony blamed the notorious vigilante group Anonymous for recent cyberattacks on Sony's network, exposing personal data of more than 100 million gamers. Anonymous was quick to deny involvement , simply stating, "Let's be clear, we are legion, but it wasn't us. You are incompetent Sony." Whether or not that's true, Sony hopes to find out in an ongoing investigation, but in the meantime, at least one more attack appears imminent.

CNet claims to have exclusively learned that another wave of cyberattacks against Sony in retaliation for its handling of the PlayStation Network breach is forthcoming within the next couple of days.

"An observer of the Internet Relay Chat channel used by the hackers told CNet today that a third major attack is planned this weekend against Sony's website," CNet reports.

According to CNet, this band of hackers said they plan on making public all or some of the information they're able to swipe from Sony's servers. That means customer names, addresses, and yes, even credit card numbers.

This whole thing has been a PR nightmare for Sony, which is still trying to figure out how best to handle the situation. In a blog post today, Howard Stringer, Chairman, CEO, and President of Sony USA, apologized for the security breaches and announced a $1 million insurance policy per user.

"I know this has been a frustrating time for all of you. Let me assure you that the resources of this company have been focused on investigating the entire nature and impact of the cyberattack we’ve all experienced and on fixing it," Stringer said in a statement. "We are absolutely dedicated to restoring full and safe service as soon as possible and rewarding you for your patience. We will settle for nothing less. To date, there is no confirmed evidence any credit card or personal information has been misused, and we continue to monitor the situation closely. We are also moving ahead with plans to help protect our customers from identity theft around the world. A program for U.S. PlayStation Network and Qriocity customers that includes a $1 million identity theft insurance policy per user was launched earlier today and announcements for other regions will be coming soon."

You can read the rest of the letter here .

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