Back in 2011, the PlayStation Network was hacked and as such a massive amount of personal data was taken, most crucially credit and debit card numbers. As such, Sony have now been fined for this in regards to the Data Protection Act, failing to keep the personal and private information stored on the network secure.
Sony has apologised for this breach many times, but ultimately their security measures weren’t up to scratch and this ended badly for both consumers and the company, with both data stolen and the resulting closure of the PSN for several weeks, which left a lot of gamers upset.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has criticized the company for this and as such came to the following conclusion: “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.”
Sony has been fined £250000 for this data breach, which in reality is a paltry sum for such a large company. In America, a judge has already thrown out a lawsuit on the PSN hack back in October 2012, claiming that there is no such thing as perfect security.