Those of you who have a PS3 probably remember 2011 for one thing; that huge data compromising hack that left the PSN down for a number of weeks and probably left you worrying about your card details getting into the wrong hands. Well the UK authorities remember it too and they believe that the hack could have been prevented.
As a result of this the authorities have fined Sony £250,000 for the hack and loss of service in 2011. “The Information Commissioner’s Office (ironically abbreviated to ICO), slapped the $396,000 fee on Sony after declaring there was “no disguising that Sony is a business that should have known better.” reports Destructiod. But it’s not all that simple. Sony disagrees with the ICO and are currently preparing an appeal for the hefty fine saying that “there is no evidence that encrypted payment card details were accessed”, and “personal data is unlikely to have been used for fraudulent purposes”. This article from Destructiod back in 2011 says something completely different.
Back then, those of you with an allegiance with the Xbox 360 took this as a small victory over the age old battle between “who’s best” but when it comes down to it, this was pretty bad and could have happened to either consoles network (right?).