Sony Gives Update On PSN Outage, Says Normal Service Will Resume In A Couple Days

by Mike Bendel April 21, 2011 @ 10:06 am

Update: Sony issued an update on the matter today, pinning blame on an external intrusion.

Recently the target of a cyber attack plotted by the loosely connected protest group Anonymous, it seems Sony is having a hard time keeping the recent string of PSN outages under control. The PSN has been down for nearly a full day now and according to Sony, the downtime could continue though the next couple days.

While Sony is still actively investigating the outage, this is what company spokesperson Patrick Seybold had to say on the PS Blog:

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.

In other words, there’s no indication if this outage has any connection to earlier attacks. If any updates on the situation come in, we’ll relay them here.


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slicer4ever says:

i can't imagine this is being caused by the same anonymous group as before, otherwise they probably would have made some stupid youtube video about it by now if it was.

webnapster says:

ultimakillz says:

i thought anonymous somewhat apologized for causing the psn to be down the first time? it doesnt make sense to me that they would attack it again, but this could be some sort of splinter cell :glare:

x3sphere says:

I don't think it's Anon either. Could be the influx of users coming on due to Portal 2's release. Hard to believe Sony wasn't prepared for it though.

ultimakillz says:

maybe is has something to do with the cross-platform gaming, after all it did go down right after portal 2 was released. anyway, i dont think it would have anything do to with too much traffic. surely with large online games like black ops they are prepared for huge influxes of users, but idk.

this all sounds a little fishy to me, and regardless it sucks for all of us :argh:

Alex says:

if its anon, i think its wicked. i actually hate sony with a passion, but i do like my ps3 lolol

either way, Sony should be prep'd on this.

if they can spend millions suing geohot, they shouldve alteast been prepared.

Dan says:

Anonymous stated after their first attempt that inconveniencing gamers was the last thing they wanted to do, and that they had 'other plans'. Then again, the raids on Sony stores were anything but successful.

ultimakillz says:

maybe they're back to punishing the gamers since the sit-ins were nothing but fail xD

TeamOverload says:

To be fair they did have a few stores in Europe closed down from what I saw, so that is a loss of sales for Sony which is what they wanted.

Anyways, the problem seems to have originated in Japan based on Twitter comments and what I've read on N4G, so we'll see how it goes. Must have been some sort of hardware failure I would imagine. Can't see maintenance being planned when Portal 2, Mortal Kombat, and SOCOM4 came out.

Richlando says:

I personally think it is so they can make some much needed changes to the network overall. At least adressing sp-int and the q dev networks. Complete restructuring imho. $ony is going to at the very least state they don't know what the problem is but I believe that as much as I believe anything written up in their newest TOS.

FrozenIpaq says:

Pretty surprised to hear about how severe the outage was this morning. Reminds me when Xbox Live had network difficulties a few years back, although at least then you could at least connect now and then

x3sphere says:

This could be the case too... people logging onto sp-int and prod-qa is a major security issue. They've probably received lots of complaints from devs about it too.

Craig Fairfax says:

Lol "$ony". I thought we all agreed that replacing an s with a dollar sign wasn't cool back when people were doing it with Microsoft.

Hellcat says:

Maybe PSN isn't down at all, maybe PSN works totally fine.... they just BANNED EVERYONE xD

Yeah, on a more serious note, maybe they fix the sp-int leeching of the kindergarten hackers out there.

Sleeet says:

What are sp-int and prod-qa?

PS: Hey Hellcat! xD

Abe Froeman says:

I don't think everyone got the memo my good man.

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