The United Kingdom has levied a fine of £250,000 against Sony for the PlayStation Network security breach that occurred in 2011 that put the personal information of 77 million customers at risk, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) announced. The government's agency in charge of data protection called the Sony security breach a "serious breach of the Data Protection Act" and note that - if Sony's security had been up to date - the attack "could have been prevented."
"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," said David Smith, deputy commissioner and director of data protection. "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," he added. "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."
Smith went on to say that the government knows the penalty levied against Sony is "clearly substantial" and that it makes no apologies for it because this incident is "one of the most serious ever reported to us."
You can read more about the UK government's levy against Sony on the agency's web site.