In the last weeks of April, the largest cyber attack ever took place when criminals successfully hacked into Sony's two online gaming networks, PSN and Sony Online Entertainment. Financial details of millions of online customers worldwide were extracted during the cyber attack.
As an immediate outcome of this disaster, Sony faced several lawsuits. Also on a broader level, this disaster has provoked drastic consequences. In the US, Republican Mary Bono Mack, who heads the Commerce Committee's Consumer Protection Panel, said she would introduce a new bill. According to her and others, the existing legislation falls short in obligating companies to secure sensitive information and to timely inform clients about such security breaches. Because more and more people become active online purchasers, large online companies such as Amazon, Sony and Apple contain vital financial information of an increasing amount of people, to such an extent that legislation should become updated to make companies safeguard this valuable information. Not only is an increased security needed, but also concerns about privacy and the potential trade in personal data should be considered.
Does this security breach mean that online consumers should doubt the security of their online transactions on all e-platforms? Are iPhone users OK with the fact that Apple can track their users? This matter can also be applied for companies; should companies which purchase online services such as cloud computing also be worried?