Sony Fined £250,000 Over PlayStation Hack

The British data watchdog has fined Sony £250,000 (just under $400,00) for a data breach on its PlayStation network that made news back in April 2011.


The fine was issued after the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) discovered the attack could have been prevented.

The attack in question targeted users credit card information through Sony’s PlayStation Network and put millions of users data (names, addresses, dates of birth and account passwords) at risk.

If you are responsible for so many payment card details and log-in details, then keeping that personal data secure has to be your priority.
David Smith, ICO deputy commissioner

The Information Commissioner’s Office said that the security measures in place at the time “were simply not good enough” and that the attack would have been preventable if software had been up to date. It also said that passwords were not secure.

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The £250,000 fine is the third largest ever handed out and the biggest received by a private company.

“There’s no disguising that this is a business that should have known better. It is a company that trades on its technical expertise, and there’s no doubt in my mind that they had access to both the technical knowledge and the resources to keep this information safe.”
David Smith, ICO deputy commissioner

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