It is a sure sign of guilt when you have an apology as good as this 7 second bow by the big wigs at Sony. The recent breach in security and subsequent shutting down of PSN, as a result of still "unknown hackers," may have allowed the compromising of 10 million credit cards along with the personal data of upwards of 70 million users. Worse still, this flaw in the system was apparently already known to their in house security specialists, but apparently not to upper management.
Now I'm not one to be an apologist for Sony, especially after their rootkit fiasco. However, this was what seemed to be an earnest apology for clear negligence on the companies part. At the very least in the days where companies such as BP will do anything they can to place blame on someone else, it is refreshing to see a corporation acknowledge that the responsibility lies squarely on their shoulders and not deflecting this at instead the perpetrators of the crime.
No word yet as to when PSN will be back up for all the eager fans in the US there are rumors but no official timeline. Best Buy also decided this was a perfect time to put Xbox 360's on sale, and I can't say I blame them.
Update: It seems another security breach has occurred, this time to Sony Online Entertainment.
"The information from the outdated database that may have been stolen includes approximately 12,700 non-U.S. credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates (but not credit card security codes), and about 10,700 direct debit records of certain customers in Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Spain."Sony just can't seem to catch a break.