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By now it's no secret that Sony sucks at cybersecurity. The company's movie business, Sony Pictures Entertainment, was recently hit with what may end up being the biggest corporate hack in history. It's not the first time Sony has laid claim to that title. And, if history is any guide, it probably won't be the last.

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Remember when those hackers kicked Sony's door in last year, nicking off with quite a lot of Playstation Network data and leaving the service offline for the better part of a month? A few users were miffed off by this and decided to sue. Bad news for them this morning though, after the judge dismissed most of the class action suit, saying that Sony got off simply because it never promised the Playstation Network would be perfect.

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Poor old Sony was hammered by both media and its own users earlier this year, after news broke of a large-scale hacking of its PlayStation Network. And now it's happened again.

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Just days before journalists around the world began calling Sony's PSN FUBAR a "month-long" outage, Sony has finally managed to flick the switch back to the on position on the online gaming and Qriocity sections of its PSN service.

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The cyber attack that knocked the PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment offline for more than a week was a "very carefully planned, very professional, highly sophisticated criminal cyber attack designed to steal personal and credit card information," according to a letter from Sony to members of Congress obtained by Kotaku today.

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The good news is that after more than a week of being offline, Sony has confirmed that it will be bringing its PSN service back online within a week after it was hacked open just before Easter. But given the details that were stolen by the hackers, has Sony done enough? Gizmodo takes on Kotaku to discover whether or not the Japanese giant has stepped up to the challenge of rectifying the flaws that led to the security breach.

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Sony's recent run of legal and now technical issues with hackers can be traced back to a single decision: that of removing the ability to run the Linux operating system on the PlayStation 3. While Sony cut Linux out of piracy fears, fans were upset that it brought to an end over a decade of custom and homebrew development on PlayStation consoles.

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Sony's Playstation Network has been down for the past six days, and the company is unsure when it will go back online. Not only that, but a whole heap of users personal data has been compromised in the hack that sent the service offline. While we wait for Sony to bring online back to Playstation gamers around the world, here are five things you can do that might ease the withdrawal symptoms you're currently experiencing.