Sony Fined $395K For 2011 Hack Of The PlayStation Network

Sony Fined $395K For 2011 Hack Of The PlayStation Network

Tying in nicely with our Debate of the Week, Ars Technica is out with a new report tonight in which it claims that gaming giant Sony has been fined by a UK governing body this week, over the devastating hack which befell its PlayStation Network (PSN) back in 2011.

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In what is now considered one of the largest internet breaches in history, the firm will face fines of up to £250,000 (~$394,570) for failing to prevent the breach, which is said to have put users’ credit card data at risk.

“There’s no disguising that this is a business that should have known better,” David Smith, UK Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection, said in the statement released this week. “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.”

The reason for the fine is due to the ICO highlighting that the breach “could have been prevented” if the software had been “up-to-date” — which, it was not. SCE responded to the posting of the fines by highlighting it “disagrees with the ruling” and is “planning an appeal.”

/ Ars