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Sony’s PlayStation Network is down, Anonymous denies involvement [UPDATE]

Posted at 22 April 2011 21:42 CEST by Justin_Massoud

Sony’s online PlayStation Network, which allows millions of users access to games, movies and more, has been effectively dead since yesterday. Attempting to sign in yields the abrupt message: “PlayStation Network is currently undergoing maintenance.”

Despite the striking similarity and comparable timing with Anonymous’ recent attacks on the company (most agree the group was responsible for a sporadic PSN outage two weeks ago), the hacker collective has denied any involvement.

Source: AnonNews.org

Sony officially confirmed game forum rumblings with a post on its official U.S. PlayStation blog Thursday which did little to explain the widespread outage:

While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage, we wanted to alert you that it may be a full day or two before we’re able to get the service completely back up and running. Thank you very much for your patience while we work to resolve this matter. Please stay tuned to this space for more details, and we’ll update you again as soon as we can.

Anonymous issued a statement (humorously titled “For Once We Didn’t Do it”) to clarify the downtime has nothing to do with them, as per its previous decision to stop targeting PSN and Sony websites via DDoS attacks.

“AnonOps was not related to this incident and takes no responsibility for it,” read the message. The group, however, did not rule out the notion that individual members went rogue.

Furthermore, Anonymous suggested Sony may actually be attempting to leverage past attacks against it for misdirection and consumer sympathy. It’s evidence? A recently-deleted post at the company’s EU blog that brought up the possibility that a cyber attack caused the unscheduled downtime.

The outage’s scope and severity, coupled with the lack of information, fuels healthy speculation that Anonymous attack or no, this might not be the result of a standard server-side technical issue.

MyCE reached out to SCEA for comment and will update this post as necessary if one is received.

[UPDATE: Patrick Seybold, Senior Director of Corporate Communications & Social Media for SCEA, has just updated the Official U.S. PlayStation Blog and confirmed the PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have indeed been targeted by an "external intrusion," resulting in the company willingly shutting down both in light of the ongoing investigation.]

[UPDATE #2: It seems PSN and Qriocity may have been hit much harder than first thought. SCEA stated in a new update on Saturday that it is working "around the clock" to bring both services back online quickly, admitting the process involves "re-building our system." The longer-than-expected outage started on Wednesday, and with SCEA implementing "additional security" it's unclear when the services will be back up and running.]

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There are 8 comments

olddancer
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 22 Apr 11 22:08
    Boo Hoo! A bunch of ardent Gamers might actually have to deal with the "Real" World for a few days. God forbid they might have to leave their Consoles long enough to wipe their Noses or take a Shower.
    Justin_Massoud
    MyCE Senior Member
    Posted on: 23 Apr 11 00:33
      Quote:
      Originally Posted by olddancer
      Boo Hoo! A bunch of ardent Gamers might actually have to deal with the "Real" World for a few days. God forbid they might have to leave their Consoles long enough to wipe their Noses or take a Shower.
      Not if they own a Wii and/or Xbox 360.
      Blu-rayFreak
      MyCE Resident
      Posted on: 23 Apr 11 18:38
        So basically, Sony brought the PlayStation Network down themselves due to an intrusion detection. So while Anonymous didn't cause the downtime via a DDoS attack, it very well could have been them attempting to infiltrate Sony systems, to which Sony responded by taking their own service(s) offline. Interesting story, hope more details come out soon!
        Justin_Massoud
        MyCE Senior Member
        Posted on: 24 Apr 11 08:31
          Quote:
          Originally Posted by Blu-rayFreak
          So basically, Sony brought the PlayStation Network down themselves due to an intrusion detection. So while Anonymous didn't cause the downtime via a DDoS attack, it very well could have been them attempting to infiltrate Sony systems, to which Sony responded by taking their own service(s) offline. Interesting story, hope more details come out soon!
          I'm staying on top of this story over the weekend, so any additional details that turn up will be added to this article via updates.

          Thanks for reading!
          Drum
          MyCE Member
          Posted on: 25 Apr 11 05:17
            Quote:
            Originally Posted by Blu-rayFreak
            So basically, Sony brought the PlayStation Network down themselves due to an intrusion detection. So while Anonymous didn't cause the downtime via a DDoS attack, it very well could have been them attempting to infiltrate Sony systems, to which Sony responded by taking their own service(s) offline. Interesting story, hope more details come out soon!
            Well, if past history plays out, it is a profitable and popular product, they will kill it before too long. This is Sony after all. I am amazed anyone will still purchase any of their products, but like P.T. Barnum said, there's a sucker born every minute.
            Kerry56
            Administrator
            Posted on: 26 Apr 11 23:14
              Sony has admitted to a serious breach of security now:
              http://blog.us.playstation.com/2011/...-and-qriocity/
              Justin_Massoud
              MyCE Senior Member
              Posted on: 26 Apr 11 23:15
                Kerry56 -- A full post on the update is being written as I speak. Thanks!
                skipton007
                MyCE Rookie
                Posted on: 02 May 11 01:18
                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by olddancer
                  Boo Hoo! A bunch of ardent Gamers might actually have to deal with the "Real" World for a few days. God forbid they might have to leave their Consoles long enough to wipe their Noses or take a Shower.
                  No need to get harsh, friend. I'm sure you have forms of entertainment just as everyone else does and I'd hope that I wouldn't directly criticize you for your idea of pleasure. Although I agree that this generation seems to hung on video games, who are you to say that it's "wrong" for people (ardent gamers or not) to relax and enjoy a game?

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