Sony drops appeal in PSN hack case

Firm agrees to pay £250k fine in order to 'safeguard network security'

Sony has dropped its appeal over a £250,000 penalty incurred for what was deemed a security failure during the April 2011 PlayStation Network hack that affected some 77 million accounts.


The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) handed the PlayStation firm the fine in January, stating that the attack was preventable and there was "no disguising that Sony is a business that should have known better".

In statement sent to CVG at the time, Sony said it strongly disagreed with the decision and intended to appeal it.

Sony said in a statement provided to V3 that it dropped its appeal because it was wary of disclosing any sensitive data in the course of proceedings.

A Sony spokesperson said. "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."

The ICO commented: "We welcome Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Limited's decision not to appeal our penalty notice following a serious breach of the Data Protection Act."