How many of you remember the incident with Sony and its PlayStation Network back in 2011? I am of course talking about the hacking incident that crippled the network for months. The Information Commissioner's Office of the United Kingdom sure remembers, and has fined Sony 250,000 GBP ($395,000 USD) over the ordeal.
The report released by the ICO states that personal data, such as names, addresses and payment details, were unprotected and at risk. "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 an ICO Deputy Commissioner and followed with "the security measures in place were simply not good enough."
Sony has stated that it "strongly disagrees" with the ruling, and plans to appeal against the fine. A spokesman for the company said that "Sony continually works to strengthen our systems, building in multiple layers of defense and working to make our networks safe, secure, and resilient."