External Intrusion Forces PlayStation Network to Go Offline

Sony’s Playstation Network went down last Thursday and has shown no signs of coming back online. The network was taken offline immediately in an effort to keep sensitive information protected from an unexpected ‘external intrusion’.  The company has ordered a complete investigation into the attack but no announcements have been made regarding when the network will be back online.

In a recent press release, Sony posted the following: “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”. The company also showed appreciation to the users for being patient.

The severity of the intrusion is not clear and Sony is already working to improve the security of their servers to prevent any future attacks. Sony has not yet revealed anything about the vital customer records and if they were compromised.

Many suspect that Anonymous, the famous hacking group, was behind the first attack on Sony’s servers. Last month, Anonymous had publicized Sony as their target and successfully managed to crash the company’s website. The group’s reason for targeting Sony was their legal battle with George Hotz, the hacker.

The complete statement given by Sony can be read here: http://us.playstation.com/support/answer/?a_id=2185


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