Yesterday, the British courts fine Sony for having insufficient security measures on their Play Station Network (PSN) that should have prevented a cyberattack. The attacks occurred back in April of 2011 and put at risk millions of players personal information.
Included in the data put at risk were players' names, addresses, birth dates and account passwords. The courts ruled that the security measures that Sony had in place at the time we simply not good enough, and that the cyber attack could have been prevented if the passwords had been kept more secure and if Sony had kept the software up to date.
Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection stated that, "There's no disguising that this is a business that should have known better," he said in a statement. "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."
It looks like providers of services on the internet, such as gaming networks and the like, are going to have to be more diligent in keeping data safe if they do not want to raise the ire of the court systems.