Back in 2011, Sony’s PlayStation Network was attacked by hackers, leading to a leak of user information for almost a quarter of a million users, a situation which has caused Sony a lot of problems over the last couple of years.
And they are still paying for it, today accepting to pay the £250,000 fine that the UK Information Commissioner’s Office decided to charge them with after the attack.
The reason for this fine, according to the ICO, was because they thought it should have been better prepared for an attack like this, with the Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection, David Smith stating the following:
“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. 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.”
Thankfully, after trying to protest this, Sony has finally given up and paid the fine, lets just hope it doesn’t happen again.