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Sony Europe Fined £250K For PSNgate, Will Look To Appeal

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Sony Europe Fined £250K For PSNgate, Will Look To Appeal

Sony have been fined over the 2011 incidents that saw the PSN hacked by outsiders and millions of consumers' secure data breached and compromised.

The UK Information Commissioners Office stated at the time that there would be an investigation into the "external intrusions", and they settled on  £250,000 fine this week, labelling the crisis the "most serious breach" they've ever had to deal with, and releasing a video statement on  the matter this morning.

[via MCV]

Sony responded this morning stating that they are planning to appeal the fine, presenting the case that there's no proof that secure, encrypted payment details were accessed:

“Sony Computer Entertainment Europe strongly disagrees with the ICO’s ruling and is planning an appeal," began the statement (also via MCV).

“SCEE notes, however, that the ICO recognises Sony was the victim of “a focused and determined criminal attack,” that “there is no evidence that encrypted payment card details were accessed,” and that “personal data is unlikely to have been used for fraudulent purposes” following the attack on the PlayStation Network.

“Criminal attacks on electronic networks are a real and growing aspect of 21st century life and Sony continually works to strengthen our systems, building in multiple layers of defence and working to make our networks safe, secure and resilient.

“The reliability of our network services and the security of our consumers’ information are of the utmost importance to us, and we are appreciative that our network services are used by even more people around the world today than at the time of the criminal attack.”

You can refresh yourselves on the PSN hacking scandal by clicking here.

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Tsung  Jan. 24, 2013 at 11:53

Peanuts, for Sony.. The customers will end up paying one way or another. I wonder how much money was spent in the investigation and deciding the fine?. I wonder if the 250k even covered the cost of this investigation?

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