Sony would no doubt like to bury their past mistakes the likes of the PSN breach of 2011, but the UK government has other plans in mind. Namely, they have officially penalized Sony with a £250,000 fine for the breach they call “the most serious ever reported to us.”
The fine is levied specifically by the Information Commissioner’s Office, a government organization set up to protect individual privacy and as a resource for the public to get publicly available information among other duties. It’s director, David Smith, goes on to say that Sony “should have known better.” That they have “access to both technical knowledge and the resources to keep this information safe.”
At a quarter of a million pounds, Smith understands that the fine is not just a mere slap on the wrist, but he iterates that the ICO is unapologetic and only has the interest of the users left at risk due to the breach in mind.