Sony has been accused of attempting to downplay its problems in the fallout of the PlayStation Network data hack. In a report sent to Japan's Ministery of Economy, Trade and Industry, Sony confirmed that it knew much more about the security breach than it told the public.
According to the report, Sony confirmed on April 25 (US time) that a "fairly large amount of data" was compromised, but it only told the public that it "cannot rule out the possibility" of a risk. This retelling of events also contradicts what Kaz Hirai said as a press conference on May 1, when he stated that the company only learned about the possibility of a breach on April 26.
Sony said in its statement to the METI that it didn't want to confuse customers by fully disclosing what it knew. A spokesman said that it would "bewilder" consumers if they announced personal information was at risk before they could confirm what kind of data had been stolen.
The funny thing is, whether Sony downplayed the situation or not doesn't matter. Gamers are a histrionic lot, so when Sony made a carefully worded statement, everybody panicked anyway. Even if it did downplay the issue, nobody else did, so it's aaaaalllllllllllriiiiiiiiight.
Sony sought to downplay data breach: report [Market Watch]