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United Kingdom fines Sony $395,000 over 2011 PlayStation Network hack, plans to appeal

Sony gets fined $395,000 over PSN hack in 2011, plans to appeal ruling

By Charles Gantt on Jan 24, 2013 09:36 am CST - 0 mins, 48 secs reading time

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.

United Kingdom fines Sony $395,000 over 2011 PlayStation Network hack, plans to appeal | TweakTown.com

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."

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A web developer by day, Charles comes to TweakTown after a short break from the Tech Journalism world. Formerly the Editor in Chief at TheBestCaseScenario, he now writes Maker and DIY content. Charles is a self proclaimed Maker of Things and is a major supporter of the Maker movement. In his free time, Charles likes to build just about anything, with past projects ranging from custom PC cooling control systems to 3D printers. Other expensive addictions include Photography, Astronomy and Home Automation.

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