UK Authorities Fine Sony for "Serious Breach" of Data Protection Act
January 24, 2013 9:34 AM
comment(s) - last by
Sony find over $390,000 for security breach in the UK
Back in 2011, Sony was the victim of a massive
that saw the PlayStation Network database breached. In the attack, the hackers made off with details from 77 million accounts including credit card information. The attack resulted in Sony apologizing profusely and offering affected customers free video games and credit-watching services.
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has now been hit with a £250,000 fine, which works out to roughly $396,100. The fine levied against Sony was for a "serious breach" of the Data Protection Act. According to authorities in the UK, the April 2011 hack "could have been prevented." The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) also criticized Sony for not having up-to-date security software.
"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 David Smith, deputy commissioner and director of data protection at the ICO.
Sony says that it "strongly disagrees" with the UK ruling and plans to appeal.
"Criminal attacks on electronic networks are a real and growing aspect of 21st century life and Sony continually works to strengthen our systems, building in multiple layers of defence and working to make our networks safe, secure and resilient," a spokesman Sony added.
Sony says that it has rebuilt its network to make it more secure since the hacks.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
Slap on the Wrist
1/24/2013 9:59:30 AM
So my handy-dandy calculator says that Sony is being fined $.0051~ per account that was violated.
Meanwhile, each song pirated is somehow worth $250,000.
RE: Slap on the Wrist
1/24/2013 1:23:00 PM
The real cost is that there are many people who wont buy a PlayStation again.
I know that I won't. I've bought a PS1, PS2 and PS3, but my next console will probably start with an X.
Mostly because of Sony's pretty poor record, and partly because they as eem to do a better job of stopping me from moving my saved games from a YLOD PS3 to another one than they do of protecting my personal data on their servers.
If they'd made moving my games over easier, they'd have had another PS3 sale and no doubt a few game sales over the last 6 months too, but they really don't seem to care.
"I'd be pissed too, but you didn't have to go all Minority Report on his ass!" -- Jon Stewart on police raiding Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's home
Sony Suffered an Additional Security Breach, 24M Accounts Compromised
May 2, 2011, 11:53 PM
HTC Desire 510 Officially Announced, May be First 64-Bit Android Smartphone
August 27, 2014, 3:50 PM
Report: Apple to Unveil "iWatch" at iPhone 6 Event on September 9
August 27, 2014, 2:00 PM
Reports: Snapchat is Now Worth $10B, Cofounders are Billionaires to Be
August 27, 2014, 9:30 AM
Tim Cook Says iPad Sales Have Merely Hit a Temporary “Speed Bump”
August 27, 2014, 9:16 AM
ZOTAC Announces Diminutive ZBOX PI320 pico
August 27, 2014, 9:00 AM
Verizon Wireless' VoLTE Service Tiptoes Closer to Launch
August 26, 2014, 3:21 PM
Most Popular Articles
Microsoft's Surface 2 Tablet Family Gets a $100 Price Cut
August 25, 2014, 1:16 AM
Report: Microsoft to Announce Windows 9 on September 30
August 21, 2014, 11:20 AM
From HULC to FORTIS: the Evolution of Lockheed Martin's Incredible Exosuit
August 22, 2014, 12:45 PM
SpaceX Falcon 9-R Rocket Suffers Malfunction, Self-Destructs During Test Flight
August 23, 2014, 9:36 AM
Owner of "Decepticon" Maserati Ordered to Appear in Court This Thursday
August 25, 2014, 7:55 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information