Britain's data watchdog, Information Commissioner's Office fined electronics giant Sony for the major security breach that had happened back in April 2011. The cyber attack compromised personal information and data of millions of people who used Playstation consoles. The ICO termed the offence as a ‘serious breach' in the data protection laws of Britain and imposed a fine of STG 250,000 (Rs. 2.13 Crores approx.) on the Japanese company.
The security breach through a cyber attack had compromised information like names, addresses, dates of birth, email addresses and account passwords. Even the payment card details of customers were under high risk. ICO commented that this breach was one of the major ones that it had ever witnessed. ICO blamed the cause on Sony's software which was not up-to-date.
David Smith, ICO deputy commissioner, chided the company for not taking the responsibility for the security of such a huge amount of personal information. He said that since Sony had not undertaken adequate measures to ensure security, it made it easier for the criminal cyber attack on the database to happen. He added that Sony is at fault as the company would have had access to ample technical resources and knowledge to fortify security but still failed to do so.
Sony had reconstructed its network platform after the cyber attack in order to keep the enormous amount of personal information safe. A spokesman of the company said that Sony disagreed with the ruling of the ICO and is intending to appeal against it. Sony said that the company constantly tried to strengthen their systems against possible cyber attacks.