Sony Disables PlayStation Network After Security Breach

By  |  Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 10:46 am

Sites and services go down all the time. Just ask Amazon. And all their customers. But they weren’t the only ones to suffer a massive outage this week, as Sony’s PlayStation Network (PSN) has been offline for several days now. After a long period of silence, Sony has finally provided some situational insight:

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.

Of course what they’re saying is that they’ve been hacked. And until Sony figures out what’s going on and how to stop it, they’ve pulled the network plug. So the forensics team has probably been doing their thing, maybe law enforcement too, as the engineers bolster PlayStation Network defenses.

Unfortunately, Sony hasn’t provided an ETA for PSN service restoration. And I know several of my work buddies with PS3s are suffering from Call of Duty, Black Ops withdrawal. But I’m not sure they appreciated my repeated mocking suggestions to join me on the superior Xbox Live.

(This post republished from Zatz Not Funny.)


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24 Comments For This Post

  1. Andrew McIntyre Says:

    I just hope PSN is back up before the weekend is over, because I'm on Spring Break and this is really bad timing.

  2. xX-JERK$-Xx Says:

    same here

  3. Danilo Raul Says:

    Xbox Live superior? PLEASE make me laugh again!

  4. Steven Says:

    lol Danilo what r u doing now im playiing xbox 360 ONLINE whats wrong your ps3 is crap?

  5. jon Says:

    LOL, you mad?

  6. psn is cool Says:

    I know yea ps3 rules and its free with 3d etc…… and theyre still tryin 2 fix it 4 us the community i knw that the hackers are mad but u dnt know they might anti sony&microsoft lovers but shud tlk more 4 info

  7. will Says:

    this sucks,makes me want to get a xbox

  8. Zach Says:

    I know man

  9. George Beers Jr Says:

    Well, if you WANT to fork up money to Microsoft just to PLAY online EVERY MONTH, you're better off taking your life's savings, and flushing it down the toilet. Sure, I'm pissed off that the PS Network is down, but I like Sony for not making me pay them monthly to play. Microsoft? You pay, you play. You also pay to download lots of things from them. Sony? You just pay for some downloads. Free play. End of story….PERIOD!

  10. Moderate Fanboy Says:

    Yup, free to play. When it isn't down. Which it has been for almost a week. So have fun not playing online while I play a YEARLY fee for uninterrupted service =)

    Get yo sh*t facts straight btw.

  11. ant novak Says:

    calm down its a video game go outside or something you nolives

  12. Anonymous Says:

    At least it wasn't Anonymous…

  13. bory Says:

    dont be mad,because you cant play,im sick of to see my husband play all the time,so why the people no think about doing something good whit the family.

  14. lolz Says:

    Yeah, like remedial grammar and spelling.

  15. Paladin_63 Says:

    I hope when the PSN system comes back they have fixed some of the little problems that have been wrong for as long as I have been playing. losing network conecttion and points right in the middle of game for one. It had been getting worse latly.

    Xbox can be hacked as well as any other network so stop telling me how great it is and be happy its not you,

  16. no regrets Says:

    well guys i still think ps3 is 100% better than xbox

  17. phil Says:

    Posted on 24 April by James Gallagher – Blog Manager, SCEE
    We sincerely regret that PlayStation Network and Qriocity services have been suspended, and we are working around the clock to bring them both back online. Our efforts to resolve this matter involve re-building our system to further strengthen our network infrastructure. Though this task is time-consuming, we decided it was worth the time necessary to provide the system with additional security.

    We thank you for your patience to date and ask for a little more while we move towards completion of this project. We will continue to give you updates as they become available.

  18. X-bs Says:

    Of course! X-box cannot be hacked… The hackers won´t bother with X-box…

  19. Victor Pacheco Says:

    superior Xbox Live pliss go fk your mom im a ps3 fan for live bh

  20. thought Says:

    But everyone who is mad at the hackers, probably are the ones that can't hack anyway, if i could hack a game, or two it would probably be fun as long as it's not causing anyone else grief.

  21. SMD Says:

    Or, maybe Sony just shouldn't sue every kid with some technical ability becuase it might lead to playing theiur games for free (which is what this is really about, right? the lawsuit against the kid whose friends are super hackers?)

  22. Michael Gabriel Says:

    how long does this going to last? im etching to play NBA 2k11with my brothers.

  23. bht.arn Says:

    I don't think they realize how badly this is going to effect them.
    Sony had a pricey but reliable/quality image to their products.

    This is going to damage not just their image, but people's perception of them as a company…which could be the more dangerous of the two.

  24. Odilia Bartlett Says:

    I hope Sony has already solved this. If not, then it will really bring a bad effect to its products and services.