Sony Won't Appeal Fine Related To 2011 PSN Hack

Sony has abandoned its appeal of the fine assessed by the UK's Information Commissioner's Office for negligence in the infamous 2011 breach of users' information that brought down all of PlayStation Network for more than a month.

In January, the ICO assessed Sony a £250,000 penalty, which is something more than $416,700 in the Australia. In either case, I'm sure Sony has that under its couch cushions and then some.

In a statement to CVG, Sony said it was abandoning its appeal not as an admission of guilt, but because to continue the dispute meant it would have to disclose sensitive data. "After careful consideration we are withdrawing our appeal," a Sony representative told CVG. "This decision reflects our commitment to protect the confidentiality of our network security from disclosures in the course of the proceeding. We continue to disagree with the decision on the merits."

Firm agrees to pay £250k fine in order to 'safeguard network security' [CVG]


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    “This decision reflects our commitment to protect the confidentiality of our network security from disclosures in the course of the proceeding. We continue to disagree with the decision on the merits.”

    So their confidentiality of their network overrides the confidentiality of the customer details?

    Whatever coffee they are drinking, they need to get a stronger blend.

    Last edited 14/07/13 10:59 am

    They don't want anyone to find out about wave 2 of their rootkits invading your PCs as we speak

      Very probable. EMI CDs anyone?

      Last edited 14/07/13 2:36 pm

        Yeah, it's been a while since Sony secretly installed DRM on my PC and reported back to Sony with my listening habits and lied about it. Hang on a minute, they've changed now, according to E3 they are anti DRM and they now respect their consumer. I'm sure it's fine now.

    Cheaper than the projected legal fees. Nothing more, nothing less.

      I don't get why they'd bother fighting it anyway. It's a fairly insignificant amount of money for an organisation the size of Sony, and it just generates more press reminding everybody about the PSN hack which you'd think Sony would want to put behind them.

        I think the only motivation to fight would be to avoid any public perception of culpability. Money certainly isn't the issue. At least until it's clear they'll be losing more but standing their ground, that is.

    PS4 sold out in the US...... That pays for that and another 1000 of those fines.

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