Sony Drops Appeal Against UK Fine For PSN Hack

In a reversal of its previously stated intentions, Sony is dropping its appeal against at £250,000 fine they got hit with by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in the UK for the security breach of the PlayStation Network that exposed user data.

The hacking occurred back in 2011 and exposed the information of millions of users including addresses, e-mail addresses, birthdays and passwords.

The ICO had stated that customers credit card information was also at risk and in January fined Sony while stating, "It is a company that trades on its technical expertise, and there's no doubt in my mind that they had access to both the technical knowledge and the resources to keep this information safe."

Sony had originally stated they would appeal the fine but has changed its mind stating that continued legal action would expose confidential information regarding their network security.

"After careful consideration we are withdrawing our appeal. 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," a spokesperson said.