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Sony decides not to appeal £250,000 fine handed out over PlayStation hacks

Saturday, 13 July 2013 19:03 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Sony has decided not to appeal the £250,000 fine it was handed by the Information Commissioner’s Office after the April 2011 PlayStation Network hack which caused 77 million accounts to be compromised.

ICO fined the firm back in January, after finding that the breach was “preventable” and that Sony, as a business, “should have known better” as the occurrence fell under the Data Protection Act.

Sony said it dropped the appeal “after careful consideration,” as part of its “commitment to protect the confidentiality of our network security from disclosures in the course of the proceeding.”

Despite it’s decision not to appeal the fine, Sony said it continues to “disagree with the decision on the merits.”

Thanks: V3, CVG.

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24 Comments

  1. MCTJim

    Good, they should pay for what happened..sure disagree Sony…you got hacked and took over a week to actually say what happened…i say the fine should be more. That will teach them not to LIE to the consumer about the information that was released onto the Internet. The was the largest data security breach in History.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. ChunkyLover112

    #1: +1

    The fine should indeed be much higher.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. spoffle

    Chunkylover, you come across as mentally deficient, and or mentally handicapped.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. DrDamn

    @1
    I’m not sure what a fine like this is meant to do though. It cost them a lot more in fixing, compensating and reputation. Seems pointless and who exactly does this money go to?

    It wasn’t the biggest data breach in history either, not in terms of accounts or cost.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. spoffle

    @DrDamn

    The fine is punitive, there solely to act as punishment.

    It gets paid to the HM Treasury, and the fines top out at a maximum of £500,000.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. MCTJim

    @4 you are indeed correct..I combined the two hacks when I should not have. They are the 4th largest if we count each event singly…sorry for the confusion

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Anonymousman

    A hack is preventable!?!?!? WHAT!?!?!? HAHAHAHA the ICO doesn’t know what they’re talking about. You can’t prevent a hack, you can make an attempt to prevent one. But you can’t fully prevent one. Hackers can hack into anything they set their heart too, whether there is security protection or not. Hackers WILL get past it. Might as well sue every company that has gotten hacked. Go to every company that has had a hack attack and tell them they should have known better. Heck, even a PC Security company was hacked! Are you going to say they should have known better or that they should have had the best security since they are a company based on making software to protect computers and servers!?!?!?! This is nonsense! The only, and surprisingly, the only business that it’s very hard to hack into are banks. They have some security program made exclusively for them. Although, it is still possible to hack into them. Everything that is connected to the internet CAN be hacked into. Even with the BEST security, such as the bank’s security. Suing a company over something that can’t be prevented is retarded unless there’s proof that the company hasn’t done anything to protect their computers and servers.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. DSB

    Anyone who holds on to 77 million accounts should be expected to have proper security measures in place.

    The fact that they won’t even try to fight it says it all, really.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. RandomTiger

    @7 Determined hackers can probably compromise any system but company’s still need to put in reasonable resources into trying to prevent this. I assume Sony was found lacking in this area.

    For me the big thing is not that they were hacked but that once security was passed there was little in the way of data protection. Seems to me you might as well assume you will be hacked and encrypt all data you hold.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. kingy

    they basically don’t want everyone to know how bad their security was that’s why they haven’t appealed it lol sony. I think they got off easy with £250k ,I bet this is why there charging for psn or multi player as they call it to pay for better security

    #10 2 years ago
  11. OrbitMonkey

    Yeah, Sony got hacked… MS just give your info to the NSA. Much more efficient.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DSB

    The NSA isn’t looking to swipe your VISA “for teh lulz” though, they’re way too well funded for that :P

    #12 2 years ago
  13. OrbitMonkey

    ^ lol, how do you think they fund their black bag ops?

    It isn’t Nigerians running those phising scams!

    #13 2 years ago
  14. silkvg247

    Anything is hackable. Anything. It’s just code, and it’s “just” encryption. You can write code to counter any of this, though in some cases to an average person like me it seems way way too complicated to even try.

    Regardless the fine makes no sense, and certainly the statement about prevention. What about when their new preventative layer gets hacked? Another fine? It’ll never end.

    I think the real issue is when people think that any digital information is secure in the first place! That’s a damn stupid assumption if I’m blunt. Once it’s connected to the internet, it isn’t 100% secure. Hell even if it’s offline, there’s still a way. There’s always a way. To argue otherwise would be to say that all diseases are 100% incurable.. good job scientists don’t think like that really.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. OrbitMonkey

    ^ why is it I imagine you dressed as jeff goldblum in jurassic park, when I read that?

    #15 2 years ago
  16. Rockin a Jack D

    Sony should’ve been fined £100m for their incompetence to keep personal details secure. Same should be applied to Ubisoft/EA for their fuckups.

    Such a small fine isn’t going to teach them anything.

    Luckily i’ve never had a PSN account.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. DSB

    @14 Except the fine isn’t for being hacked.

    It’s for not having proper security, ie making it easier for them than it should be by not updating their software.

    If it had been a “new” preventative layer, there would be no fine.

    #17 2 years ago
  18. lexph3re

    I find that statement difficult to agree with DSB. Mainly because it took hackers 5 years to break Sonys security, it wasn’t like with the xbox and wii where they were jail broken and hacked into the first year.

    Sonys security was probably some of the best this gen regardless what anyone says. Them not having it is just really hard to believe. Well unless your like chunky and believe anything negative about a company you despise

    #18 2 years ago
  19. DSB

    @18 Comparing hardware security to network security is more than a bit silly.

    The fact is that it took hackers 24 hours to get that data, with no response from the network owners. When someone tried the same thing with Minecraft, Notch (or Mojang) responded within minutes.

    The ICO clearly states that their software was outdated, and if Sony had any way to refute that, I don’t see why they’d take the fine and the bad PR.

    The implications should be quite clear for anyone who’s open to the suggestion that maybe Sony isn’t perfect. Either way I’ll go with the ICO and the facts as they appear over apologists any day.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. super3001

    sony software engineers are such a joke. this idiot tax should be 10x

    #20 2 years ago
  21. lexph3re

    @19 Which is why i said jailbroken and hacked. Since hacking relates to networking and jailbreaking relates to hardware. And im also not saying their Network security wasn’t out of date the point of attack but considering for 5 years prior their network was secured i dont see how that instantly makes them incompetent. Hell the time the hack went down Sony had fired some network security specialist. Remember that info?

    So you attempting to spin me as an “apologist” is silly. Also did you change your op?

    It doesn’t take someone to “think” a companies perfect to refute your original post. Just someone who believes the outlash for Sony to pay more then what they already have is reaching towards unjust hate.

    #21 2 years ago
  22. DSB

    @21 Sony are paying for negligence in protecting the personal information of 77 million people. I doubt that’s even a pound per British account that was exposed. That’s pretty cheap in my opinion.

    The fact that they weren’t hacked for years doesn’t prove anything.

    I don’t know where you’re going with the security specialists. Sony trimming down their security staff two weeks before failing to respond adequately to an attack doesn’t make them look great.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. lexph3re

    Granted the FACT that there hasn’t been any proven exposure of 77 million users to this date. I think asking for them to pay a fine for something that doesn’t even have merit behind it is obsurd. Yes it is a good thing that they are paying for the hack as it was but asking them to pay more then that is just obsurd.

    And, Where I was going with that is the FACT that up until that point they clearly were doing a good job. It’s equivalent to how you measure a boxing match that goes into a unanimous decision. You count the blows taken the effect and then come to a choice on who preformed better.

    Up until that point Sony did a good job. Just because the hack happened doesn’t mean forget everything leading up to it. So, when weighing the entire scenario that a week before hand they let their Networking engineers go and afterwards there was a malicious attack means from that point to the next is where the judgement stands for them.

    With all the payouts they did in restructring, moving, payouts and insurance for each user with compensation not only if proven hacked but also given free games. They haven’t come out cheap at all. And, at that point I believe the lesson is learned on their behalf and others in that market.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. DSB

    @23 It’s purely your own assumption that the fact that there has been no catastrophe in the last 5 years somehow proves that the network was up to date before. It doesn’t reveal any facts about the network, and it could just as well have been vulnerable at any point in the past.

    The levees in New Orleans took the brunt of several hurricanes and survived, but that hardly means they were well maintained, or capable of protecting the city. By your logic that would be true. It’s not.

    Sony only offered people games that they published themselves. As such the game itself carries an initial expense of zero dollars and zero cents to Sony, and they’ll only be fronting the bill for the bandwidth, which isn’t much for a company that already has an infrastructure of that size.

    It’s a smart way to limit the chances you’ll be sued, without paying much to actually do it.

    EA pulled the same stunt when Simcity 5 fell flat on its face. Offering free games at next to zero cost is vastly preferable to actually giving people something of value, like actually refunding the game, which would’ve cost them money.

    *edit*

    In terms of the damage done, I’ll quote Kaz Hirai:

    “Information appears to have been stolen from all Playstation Network accounts, although not every piece of information in those accounts appears to have been stolen. The criminal intruders stole personal information from all of the approximately 77 million Playstation Network and Qriocity service accounts”

    #24 2 years ago

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    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]

  • Britney Spears signs five-year deal with Glu for new mobile game

    Pop star Britney Spears has signed a five-year deal with Glu mobile for a new, untitled game. The mobile game will feature her “voice, likeness, and creative influence,” and is due for release sometime next year. Glu also signed a deal with Katy Perry in February, so expect a game revolving around her to hit […]

  • Large Activision publisher sale on Steam discounts Call of Duty, Prototype, more

    Activision has put the majority of its library on sale through Steam this weekend, and if other titles weren’t included, it could be referred to as a Call of Duty sale. Below are a few standouts. Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – Gold Edition 25% off Call of Duty: Ghosts 67% off Call of Duty: […]

  • The Dota 2 International Compendium is out, second Stretch Goal almost complete

    The International Compendium has been released for Dota 2 with the prize pool sitting at a lovely $1,917,155 as of press time. Valve said over the weekend to expect the International Compendium to drop sometime this week. As with previous years, those who purchase the Compendium can earn rewards by completing challenges, making predictions and by […]

  • If permadeath RTS games are up your alley, check out indie project XO

    The Square Enix Collective showcases projects for a limited time to help drum up community support and potential backers, and RTS title XO from Jumpdrive Studios is worth taking a look at. The teaser trailer is fairly brief, but if you visit the page for XO over at the Square Enix Collective, it’s understandable – […]

  • GTA 5 PC patch disables mods. Here’s how to get them working again

    A new patch for the PC version of GTA 5 was released yesterday and, as it turns out, has wiped the ability to use mods with the game. The wasn’t great news for some players, but YouTuber taltigolt has already figured out how to play the PC version with mods after installing the patch. Matt […]

  • Xbox One ad stealth launches a mysterious Halo 5 competition

    A new Xbox One advert released today isn’t as straightforward as it appears. The trailer has a couple of pretty conspicuous ‘glitches’ throughout, and members of NeoGAF wasted no time in breaking it down. The first item of interest is the screen from the hunt the signal site, which displays an error message when accessed […]

  • Battlefield 4 Jungle map improved with latest update

    DICE LA has updated the Battlefield 4 Jungle map, adding more foliage and a new route. As demonstrated by Westie in the video above, the map now has the kind of foliage you’d expect in the jungle, helping to conceal infantry players. The update also tweaks positions of objective points and has added a concealed […]

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate free DLC pack for May includes Metroid and Mega Man armour

    The May DLC pack for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate boasts some big ticket items, including Metroid, Street Fighter, and Mega Man gear. This big fat chunk of free DLC, detailed on the capcom unity blog, includes Hunter equipment: Metroid’s Varia Suit Metroid’s Zero Suit Metroid’s Arm Cannon Taiko Drum Master Hunting Horn USJ’s Star Rook […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for May 1, 2 – Hard Light edition

    Here he comes with his weird face, dealing goods and gear for Guardians. It’s Friday. Xur: Agent of the Nine is back in the Tower. Of Course he is. Got your Strange Coins? Here’s what’s in his bag this week: Ruin Wings [Exotic Titan gauntlets] – 13SC Don’t Touch Me [Exotic Hunter gauntlets] – 13SC […]