Sony officially apologized to consumers for not better protecting the PlayStation Network. But that's not good enough for the Information Commissioner's Office.
According to a GamesIndustry.biz report, Sony has been fined £250,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office for not being able to prevent the security breath of the PSN back in April 2011.
The UK organization ruled that the company "hadn't met its duties in ensuring that software was up to date and had left vital passwords and systems in a vulnerable state." Many experts have made similar accusations. Said ICO director of data protection David Smith:
"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. There's no disguising that this is a business that should have known better."
Since the hack, Sony has beefed up security for the PSN, but consumers don't forget that easily. Of course, personal information on the Internet in any form is always at risk, but it's probably true that Sony simply didn't do enough in terms of prevention. Here's hoping things keep moving in a positive direction heading into the new generation.