Sony fined $395K for 2011 PlayStation Network hack

The Information Commissioner's Office in the U.K. has fined Sony Computer Entertainment Europe for the PlayStation Network data breach in April 2011, which the agency says was preventable.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe has been fined 250,000 pounds (US$395,775) by the Information Commissioner's Office in the U.K., following the massive hacking of Sony's PlayStation Network in 2011 that saw million of users' personal data leaked.

The monetary penalty on Sony comes after the "serious breach of the Data Protection Act," the ICO said in a statement today.

When the Sony PlayStation Network Platform was hacked in April 2011, it compromised the personal information of millions of customers, including names, addresses, e-mail addresses, dates of birth, and account passwords. Customers' payment card details were also at risk, the ICO said.

"An ICO investigation found that the attack could have been prevented if the software had been up to date, while technical developments also meant passwords were not secure," it added.

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