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PSN hack: Sony drops its appeal for 250k fine

15 July 2013

Sony has announced that it has dropped its appeal over the fine it received as a result of the external intrusion on PlayStation Network back in April 2011.

The electronics giant was fined £250,000 by the U.K. Information Commissioner’s Office following the PSN hacking, which saw the personal data of millions of users compromised.

While Sony has ditched its appeal, it maintains the ICO’s decision was wrong. The PlayStation console maker was fined for ‘serious breach of the Data Protection Act’ in January of this year.

"This decision reflects our commitment to protect the confidentiality of our network security from disclosures in the course of the proceeding," the company told the BBC.

"We continue to disagree with the decision on the merits."

Deputy commissioner and director of data protection, David Smith , commented: "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.

"When the database was targeted - albeit in a determined criminal attack - the security measures in place were simply not good enough.

"There's no disguising that this is a business that should have known better. 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."

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