PSN remains offline - Sony blames hackers, Anonymous denies responsibility

The PlayStation Network outage which began in the middle of last week now continues for a sixth day. In a PlayStation Blog post this morning, Sony's Patrick Seybold offered more apologies, but wasn't able to give PS3 owners an updated timeframe or any further information on the outage.

Last week's speculation that the service's failure was due to a malicious intrusion, however, was confirmed on Friday when Seybold wrote:

"An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network and Qriocity services. In order to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services going forward, we turned off PlayStation Network & Qriocity services on the evening of Wednesday, April 20th."

According to Seybold, the length of the outage is the result of Sony "re-building" PSN to strengthen its infrastructure, presumably to protect it from further attacks. Though the obvious assumption is that Anonymous, the 'hacktivist' group which took issue with Sony's recent PS3 modding trial, was responsible for the "external intrusion," at least one segment of the uncentralized group denied responsibility in a statement over the weekend:

"Whilst it could be the case that other Anons may have acted by themselves, AnonOps was not related to this incident, and does not take responsibility for whatever has happened.

A more likely explanation is that Sony is taking advantage of Anonymous' previous ill-will towards the company to distract users from the fact that the outage is actually an internal problem with the company's servers."

Whoever dunnit, let's hope that Sony's "re-building" effort results in a more secure and stable PSN, and are finished soon. A few days is one thing, but for the PS3's entire online infrastructure to be kaput all weekend is maddening, especially just after the release of Portal 2 and its Steam integration.

Apr 25, 2011




  • Leathersoup - April 28, 2011 3:47 p.m.

    Of course Anonymous denies responsibility. They act irresponsibly.
  • PretzelBoy - April 27, 2011 4:13 a.m.

    I like that Anonymous goes all tin foil hat conspiracy on this. "Sony did it and blamed us. Derp, that's what happened"
  • alematt - April 26, 2011 6:55 p.m.

    If you really think about it this just gives both systems ups and downs. It just puts PS3 and Xbox 360 in a generally similiar playing field. I'll be honest I am die hard Xbox have been for years. If there is a choice I would go Xbox but since I already have one, as soon as I can afford it I will probably get a PS3 as well. Both have great features and both have great games. End of discussion.
  • phade3 - April 26, 2011 12:05 p.m.

    I just hope my personal information hasn't been compromised by all this crap !
  • majorlynch - April 26, 2011 11:17 a.m.

    Playing online is something I do only occasionally. Lets face it, if you're playing online for an hour in COD or BC2 for example, you're going to meet an asshole at some point. Whats the point in paying for that? Its like paying to add comments to a website, when all websites that allow comments have assholes in them. Xbox live might be up and running now, but, like PSN, its still full of assholes. Why pay $60 to hang around with them when you can do it free on PSN. Between the cost of consoles and games, playing online should be free.
  • stavrosbrando - April 26, 2011 9:54 a.m.

    @EwoksTasteLikeChicken you do realise that battlefield and assassins creed are also on the ps3 and as for saying the only good game on ps3 is god of war, have you never heard of resistance or uncharted, anyway this isn't a console war this is about hackers invading servers, when it happens to xbox live what are you going to be saying then???
  • chris82 - April 26, 2011 4:25 a.m.

    some good news here looks like we might be able to use psn tuesday however it is only speculated,2817,2384214,00.asp
  • AKIBA94 - April 26, 2011 4:17 a.m.

    SPADE103 it wold still be 0-0 cuz in '08 i think it was xbox live was down for 2 weeks or something
  • PipBowl420 - April 26, 2011 4:16 a.m.

    There was an intrusion in the system, so Sony shut down the effected areas so to speak. So Sony were the ones who shut it down, but the intrusion is absolutely unknown, and shouldn't be there, obviously. They said that the intrusion entered their system on Saturday, and by Wednesday they shut down the system. Bottom line, their system is obviously easy to crack, and they're apparently re-writing a new system.. which.. I dunno how well that's gunna go, cuz the faster they write it, I think the easier it'll be to crack, no matter what anyone makes, it's just puzzle like codes that hackers godda figure out.. this is craaaaap news..... :(
  • chris82 - April 26, 2011 3:09 a.m.

    I'm a big ps3 fan and all i gotta say at least it's not as bad as the error code last year i couldn't even play offline with that one.
  • ZigzMagoo - April 26, 2011 1:20 a.m.

    DERP A DERP A DERP. FLAME FLAME FLAME FLAME FLAME. Even though I am on a 360, obviously the consoles cant be considered better than each other. Most of the games everyone plays are multi-platform, and have the same basic graphics. I play xbox because I love Halo, hate PS3 controllers, and want reliable online service. Anyways, rant is over.
  • pikachu2000 - April 26, 2011 12:08 a.m.

    This PSN outage might a serious warning to those games who centered their experence for online gaming only or need online excultively to power their features. Games like Final Fight Double Impact and Bionic Commando Rearmed 2 will not start at all without the PSN and some features in the games that still work will depend on how much it is attached to online (i. e. how much of your game must absolutlely need the power of online to make it work without it being disabled when the servers are off). This is what will happen if there is an online only future and there is no way to keep what you pay for. At least get rid of the DRM crap as soon as we brought the game. The DRM BS should've been reserved for demos, not full games. I fell like the good guys, the honest people, and those who follow the rules are getting screwed real hard because of someone else's BS. We are nothing more than acceptable losses in a meaningless war. Poeole in the Xbox 360 and Wii camps need to be real careful in what they say about this situation. Their system might be next. There is no honor among theives. They will celerbrate with their knives behind their back ready to kill as soon as their "friends and allies" turn around. Before this decade is over with the PSN for the PS3 might shut down permantely. You all saw how Microsoft treats the orignal XBox Live service after the XBox 360 came on the scene. Don't be suprise if the same thing happens here. Companies of all types put money first before anything else and will do anything to keep that money flowing, even if it means resorting to BS tactics like the stuff we experence in the past 6 years. Think about it, how many games you have right now will not work well offline or have very hollow gameplay offline, those games that you just can't live without online? It's sadly a decreasing list as the years go by, even worse if the PS3 is the only system the gamer have in their room right now. In the meantime, if you still want to play games offline, look at your PS3 collection (or any other collection tf you have another system) and take some time to play the ones that you miss or didn't have time to play due to you being online almost 85% of the time. This might be a great time to catch up on your trophy hunt or finish that game that you have a lot of trouble trying to complete. Or you can just stop and smell the roses and take this opportunity to refresh yourself, to unwind, to recharge, to go outside and look at life a little bit more. Always take all things in moderation, don't spend too much time on one thing. That is my 2 cents on this matter. It will be back soon. Just be patient. SOmethiines there are more important things in life besides videogames. And at least I don't have to worry about Bowel_Jacker187 bugging me for the time being so it not all that bad.
  • werewolfninja - April 26, 2011 12:08 a.m.

    @ fetalspray, I couldn't agree more and besides neither system will ever be perfect; there will always be some issues, it's just inevitable. On a side note, while these losers brag or complain about their online gaming, I spent my weekend at the beach with my actual friends. I recommend they do the same, if they have any.
  • LordZarlon - April 25, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    Welcome to the cloud.
  • Lionzest7 - April 25, 2011 11:01 p.m.

    Trying to moderate a war is stupid. On another note, guess my 360 is gonna get a lot more use than my ps3... Also What happened to Sony's threats? Pretty laughable.
  • GhostLightning - April 25, 2011 9:38 p.m.

    If this really is hacker then they really need to cut the shit out. Sony needs to make PSN bullet proof when they rebuild it cause these asshats are fuggin up my Portals!
  • BackwaterRifle - April 25, 2011 9:33 p.m.

    Why attack sony when you could be attacking Activision
  • Mikeymoo - April 25, 2011 9:18 p.m.

    This is why sony needs servers with more than 2gb of RAM :L
  • fetalspray - April 25, 2011 9:14 p.m.

    WILL ALL THE PS3 AND 360 FANBOYS JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP. Christ how old are you. Your undying loyalty to either machine is narrow minded and pathetic they are both there for your enjoyment it doesnt matter which one is better or any of that shit its just personal preference, you should be open minded to trying other hardware so you can get the most out of gaming. Fanboys man, thank god its week of hate again.
  • shadowreaper72 - April 25, 2011 8:59 p.m.

    All I know is that as long as we are waiting for PSN to come back online, this shit better not happen again.

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