Sony fined ?250,000 in UK over PlayStation Network hack

Regulators say Sony could have stopped it, Sony prepares appeal

The infamous PlayStation Network hack may be a fading memory in the minds of games, but authorities have not forgotten, and they’ve claimed their pound of flesh. Claiming the hack could have been prevented, United Kingdom officials have fined Sony £250,000.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ironically abbreviated to ICO), slapped the $396,000 fee on Sony after declaring there was “no disguising that Sony is a business that should have known better.”

The PS3 platform holder has issued a statement to CVG on the matter, saying it “strongly disagrees” with ICO’s ruling and is preparing to appeal. That kind of money is a drop in the ocean compared to the value of PSN, but Sony’s not just going to take it lying down.

“PlayStation Europe notes that the ICO recognizes Sony was the victim of ‘a focused and determined criminal attack’ and that ‘there is no evidence that encrypted payment card details were accessed’, and that ‘personal data is unlikely to have been used for fraudulent purposes.'”

What do you reckon? Fair punishment, or is Sony being treated unfairly?

Sony fined over ‘preventable’ PlayStation data hack [BBC]

Jim Sterling