24 Jan 2013

Sony fines Playstation hackers with £250,000

Sony Computer Entertainment has been fined a record £250,000 by the data protection watchdog after the personal details of millions of gamers  including passwords and credit card numbers  were leaked online.The privacy blunder happened in April 2011, when computer hackers targeted the Sony PlayStation Network.The Information Commissioner's office ICO on Thursday said the security breach was one of the most serious it has handled under the Data Protection Act.The £250,000 fine is the maximum penalty awarded by the ICO against a private company.

There's no disguising that this is a business that should have known better.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, said David Smith, the ICO's deputy commissioner and director of data protection.The watchdog said millions of customers were exposed to the risk of identity theft after their names, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth and account passwords were leaked online.

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