Ouch, talk about putting the boot in. The Information Commissioner’s Office has decided that Sony should have done more to prevent all that PSN hacking back in 2011, which saw millions of users details, including credit cards and addresses, compromised. It’s slapped Sony with a huge £250,000 fine.
While Sony has apologised over and over again, it still dropped the ball when it came to network security. ICO came to the conclusion that:
“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.”
To be fair, I’m pretty sure most people came to that conclusion, and what’s more, people actually assume that the company you’re giving your personal and payment details to actually knows what its doing regarding securing that very private information. Hell, even I had to go out and cancel my damn credit cards, which was an absolute pain in the arse, and as a result, Sony’s not getting my credit card details ever again.
The irony is that, in the most litigious place in the world, America, a judge threw out a lawsuit over the PSN breach, saying there’s no such thing as perfect security. While that’s probably true, it seems us Brits think it should have been a damn sight tougher at the very least. [ICO via TechRadar]
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