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No system is 100% secure says Sony chief. And he should know

Sony boss Howard Stringer made some interesting comments about the recent hacking of its PlayStation Network and the theft of the personal data from more than 100 million accounts.

According to the Dow Jones Newswires, he suggested it might not be possible for a company to be "100% secure" and described the attack as "the beginning" and "the shape of things to come. It's not a brave new world - it's a bad new world".

But before people get too anxious at his pessimistic tone, it was not picked up by certain other media outlets which had him describing the breach as a "hiccup in the road to a network future". 

The funny part is that all his comments are true but we might not want to believe them all at the same time. Of course no network can be 100% secure, certainly not if it's a functioning network. 

This can either cause people to think more carefully about which networks they choose to join or stop them from joining altogether. The latter is unrealistic but if the breach at Sony helps to make people more aware of the potential security issues with online networks, it will have served a useful purpose.

From Sony's perspective, it's a pity it has had to learn the lesson in such a damaging way. And that "hiccup" is likely to cost a lot of money to get over.

This was first published in May 2011

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