UK Fines Sony Big Over PlayStation Network Hack

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Sony’s big data breach hitting its PlayStation network back in April of 2011 is going to cost the company.

According to a BBC report on Thursday, British authorities operating via the Information Commissioner’s Office, otherwise known as “ICO,” will charge the company 250,000 British pounds.

ICO contends the breach “could have been prevented.”

“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. In this case that just didn’t happen, and when the database was targeted – albeit in a determined criminal attack – the security measures in place were simply not good enough,” remarked ICO’s David Smith in a news release.

The office also noted Sony’s software wasn’t up to date at the time.

The PlayStation Network faced considerable downtime in 2012 – after Sony was forced to pull it offline and revamp it with more security features. During the attack, unknown hackers made away with personal user data related to 77 million accounts.