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Monday review - the hot 18 stories of the week

Monday review

Get yourself up to date with everything we've written in the last seven days - it's weekly roundup time.

Sony to pay £250,000 fine for PlayStation Network breach

Game over - Sony to pay £250,000 fine for PlayStation Network breach

Sony has thrown in the towel on its appeal of a £250,000 fine ($377,500) imposed after its PlayStation Network was hacked in April 2011, losing data such as names, addresses, email addresses, dates of birth and account passwords of millions of users.

Sony fined £250,000 after hackers gained access to millions of gamers' details

Sony offers games, subscriptions and virtual cash as part of $15m PSN breach settlement

"There’s no disguising that this is a business that should have known better," says ICO director.

How many headlines do there have to be before companies take data security more seriously?

Anonymous bullies Sony and Nintendo over SOPA support

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Anonymous is threatening companies like Sony and Nintendo over their support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Will this accomplish their goals, or simply create more victims?

Sony says credit card details *were* encrypted, but questions still remain

Sony: Credit card details *were* encrypted

Sony confirms that credit card details which could have been stolen in the recent hack of the PlayStation Network were encrypted, but doesn't reassure customers regarding the strength of encryption.

Sony PlayStation data breach fiasco: what bugs me about it

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Just how could user accounts, potentially including credit card details, of a whopping 70 million users not be encrypted? It baffles the mind.

PlayStation Network hacked: Personal data of up to 70 million people stolen

PlayStation network hacked: Personal information of up to 70 million people stolen

Users of Sony's PlayStation Network are at risk of identity theft after hackers broke into the system, and accessed the personal information of videogame players.

PlayStation Network hacked: five days and counting..

PlayStation Network hacked: five days and counting..

The Sony PlayStation Network has been offline since 20th April, following what the company calls an "external intrusion".