PlayStation hacked again by anonymous group

The PlayStation Network has been hacked less than a week after the company celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Sony has been hit again by hackers, and this time, the PlayStation Network and store has been targeted and taken offline.

The online stores for games, films and TV shows appears to be back up and running, but visitors to the site were brought to a halt on Sunday night with an error message reading: "Page Not Found! It's not you. It's the Internet's fault." Gamers also reported difficulties while trying to play online games.

On its Twitter account, PlayStation said it was attempting to bring its collapsed PSN store back online. However, an anonymous individual or group calling itself Lizard Squad has claimed responsibility for the hack, with a tweet late on Sunday reading "PSN Login #offline #LizardSquad".

The latest hack comes less than a week after Sony celebrated the 20th anniversary of the PlayStation games console.

As well as building games consoles and selling games, Sony has a movie studio, which fell prey to hackers last month. A cache totaling more than 100 terabytes of internal Sony files and films was stolen in that attack.

The information included customer passwords, Sony employee's Social Security numbers, and contracts with celebrities. A number of forthcoming Sony movies including "Annie", "Mr. Turner" and "To Write Love On Her Arms" were also leaked.

Some had speculated that the North Korean government may have been motivated to hack Sony in retaliation for the forthcoming comedy film "The Interview", about a plot to assassinate the country's leader, Kim Jong-Un.

The North Korean government on Sunday denied responsibility for the attack.

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