Timely. After our recent two-year anniversary post, detailing what happened with 2011’s now famous PSN hack, Sony have agreed to pay the ICO £250,000.
The incident, which TNW say “compromised millions of users’ account details” caused the PSN to be down for almost two months, leaving a lot of PSN users unhappy and some losing their trust in Sony completely.
Sony initially appealed the decision, hoping to avoid the fine but now have reluctantly agreed to pay up, influenced by the fact they would have to provide details relating to their security system which they did not wish to share.
Their argument was that the company was the real victim of the attack, and that there was no evidence that credit card details were ever in danger, though the hackers still managed to access millions of names, birth dates, email addresses and even passwords.
David Smith, the Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection said that Sony “should have known better” and that they’re “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.”