Yesterday, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe woke up to find that they were being issued a fine for £250, 000.00 or just over R3.5 million. Incidentally, R3.5 million would get you close to 5, 500 console games, or at least one toilet seat for our president’s new residential compound. But anyway, back to Sony.
The fine was issued by the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO – not that ICO) for the PlayStation Network hack of April 2011. Yeah, that hack; the one where your personal information, my personal information and Bob from accounts’ personal information all ended up being stolen by scumbag hackers. It was the biggest security breach in Sony’s history, and the UK government feels that the Japanese company needs to pay for that breach.
Apparently, ICO has been doing a bit of research into the hack and they’ve found that it could have been prevented had Sony updated their security. Why they spent nearly two years researching what anyone could have told them is probably something we’ll never know.
“There’s no disguising that this is a business that should have known better,” said David Smith, the Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection. “It is 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. The penalty we’ve issued today is clearly substantial, but we make no apologies for that. The case is one of the most serious ever reported to us. It directly affected a huge number of consumers, and at the very least put them at risk of identity theft.”
Naturally, Sony is appealing against the decision.