Sony Europe fined £250k over 2011 PSN outage breach

By Dave Cook, Thursday, 24 January 2013 08:44 GMT

SCEE has been fined £250,000 by the UK Information Commissioners Office over the infamous 2011 PSN date breach that sparked a panic among the press and gamers for fear that credit card data and other sensitive information was at risk. A video statement has been issued by the ICO on the matter this morning.

UPDATE: Sony has announced it will appeal against the fine and has issued a statement on the matter here.

Original Story: MCV reports that the PSN outage – which occurred in April 2011 – has been labelled by the ICO as “The most serious breach” it has ever had to deal with, according to the body’s deputy commissioner David Smith.

Smith added that the ICO would make no apology for the size of Sony’s fine, but added that since the outage Sony has stepped up its security in order to safeguard customer data.

Here is the ICO video statement in full:

We rounded up the entire saga of events in this report, covering all parties who spoke out on the incident, such as Lulzsec, Geohot, Anonymous and more.

What do you think of the penalty? Is it a fair amount, or is it unreasonable? Let us know below.

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