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Sony fined 250,000 for "preventable" PSN breach

Corporation receives penalty from Information Commissioner's Office

Sony has been fined 250,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office for not having prevented the security breach of the PlayStation Network's databases in 2011.

The UK body ruled that the company hadn't met its duties in ensuring that software was up to date and had left vital passwords and systems in a vulnerable state.

"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," said ICO director of data protection David Smith.

"In this case that just didn't happen, and when the database was targeted - albeit in a determined criminal attack - the security measures in place were simply not good enough.

"There's no disguising that this is a business that should have known better."

The breach was a disaster for Sony, coming just before the Easter holidays in 2011 and severely damaging public trust in the company. Senior executives publicly apologised for not having been better prepared for the attack and offered game downloads as compensation to users. It has since improved its security provision.

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Latest comments (2)

Kevin Clark-Patterson Lecturer in Games Development, Lancaster and Morecambe College3 years ago
Talk about getting kicked while down...

I'm sure some will see $250k as a slap on the wrists comparative to the way in which Sony handled the whole affair!
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gi biz ;,pgc.eu 3 years ago
Considering the troubles Sony has been through in the past year I think even a speed fine would impact their budget right now.
Edit: Although yes, that's probably a 0,25$ fine per account.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by gi biz on 24th January 2013 3:49pm

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