Sony PSN hacks due to Sony's lax internet security?

Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky talks to T3 claiming Sony's lax attitude on internet security contributed to the recent PSN hacks

Sony’s lack of attention to internet security and poor staffing was to blame for the recent PSN and system hacks, the head of internet security firm Kaspersky Lab has announced.

In the wake of the Sony hacks that saw the personal details of as many as 100 million PSN users stolen, Kaspersky Lab CEO Eugene Kaspersky has claimed the latest spate of attacks were not Sony’s only association with lax security practices stating that the company behind the PlayStation brand “does not pay a lot of attention to internet security.”

Speaking exclusively with T3 the internet security head announced: “To me it seems that there are companies that pay a lot of attention to internet security and there are enterprises that don’t. Maybe in the case of Sony they simply didn’t understand that their IT security issues would be very dangerous.”

With PSN users being left fearful for the safety of their personal details including their banking information, repercussions of the hacks that left the PSN out of service for almost a month earlier this year are still being felt.

“They have to learn some lessons from the hacks and I’m pretty sure that they have to upgrade not just the IT security systems but maybe their IT security staff as well,” said Kaspersky. Further highlighting Sony’s security issues he added: “These security issues, it’s not the first time there were such issues with Sony.”

“Sony was distributing on their CDs and DVDs some software, which was like a Trojan. It was called Sony rootkit because they were mainly malware. Trojans are malware and sometimes have several components and some very similar code to rootkit was found to be a malware component.

“This component is responsible for hiding the malicious code, it doesn’t do any bad things itself it just hides the malicious code. So the same technology was used by Sony and it was a little scandal.”

Has Sony paid heed to the scathing attacks that followed the PSN hacks and done enough to ensure its users have piece of mind over their personal details or are many still wary of returning to the PlayStation Network? Share your thoughts on the matter with us via the T3 Twitter and Facebook feeds.

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