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Really? They even tried to appeal a $377,000 fine in the first place?

Sometimes I wonder if building your company up to a multi-billion dollar global corporation is little more than blind, ass-backward luck. These major companies sure do a lot of pretty stupid things; all the time.
Edited by Cheezman - 7/14/13 at 6:32pm
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Any size fine is pointless to levy against a corporation, they just pass fines along as another cost of doing business to their customers. If regulators wanted to deter poor corporate behavior they would fine and/or press criminal charges against corporate officers and majority shareholders.

That would entail holding the rich responsible for their actions though so it'll never happen.
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Any size fine is pointless to levy against a corporation, they just pass fines along as another cost of doing business to their customers. If regulators wanted to deter poor corporate behavior they would fine and/or press criminal charges against corporate officers and majority shareholders.

That would entail holding the rich responsible for their actions though so it'll never happen.

Criminal charges seem a bit harsh to me. Criminal charges usually come when Sony purposefully and knowingly does something to hurt people. I think Sony is a victim here when they got hacked. It's like arresting someone after they got hit by a car for jay walking.
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Any size fine is pointless to levy against a corporation, they just pass fines along as another cost of doing business to their customers. If regulators wanted to deter poor corporate behavior they would fine and/or press criminal charges against corporate officers and majority shareholders.

That would entail holding the rich responsible for their actions though so it'll never happen.

You seem to be giving the CEO's and higher management a little more credit than they deserve. CEO's really only know as much as their staff tells them, and so on and so forth down the chain.

There was probably a small team in charge of security that thought they had all their bases covered. Unfortunately, even good managers have a hard time combating a false sense of security, since you really have to trust your employees to a degree. Good managers don't spend their time micro-managing.

That's not to say the security staff is lazy, they could be very busy and the details just managed to slip through the cracks.

Also, can we stop blaming the rich for all the world's problems? I'd like to be rich one day, and I don't want you all blaming me for everything... smile.gif
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You seem to be giving the CEO's and higher management a little more credit than they deserve. CEO's really only know as much as their staff tells them, and so on and so forth down the chain.

There was probably a small team in charge of security that thought they had all their bases covered. Unfortunately, even good managers have a hard time combating a false sense of security, since you really have to trust your employees to a degree. Good managers don't spend their time micro-managing.

micromanaging? by making sure that their security policy was not, you know, a massive, unencrypted joke? yeah sounds like bad corporate policy
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micromanaging? by making sure that their security policy was not, you know, a massive, unencrypted joke? yeah sounds like bad corporate policy

Yes, micromanaging. You hire people to do specific jobs in a company, you don't hire them so that you can work over their shoulder as they occupy a chair.

I'm pretty certain it's safe to say that it was not in Sony's "security policy" to leave customer information unencrypted.

Unfortunately, there are situations where one single person, in this case maybe a DBA, could have simply forgotten to enable encryption on that particular table. When one table is buried in a database hundreds or thousands of other tables, it could take years to recognize the mistake.
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