Sony Confirms 'External Intrusion' Is Behind PSN Outage

Sony has acknowledged that the outage, since late Wednesday, of PlayStation Network is due to "an external intrusion on our system". Patrick Seybold, PlayStation's top spokesman, said the service was taken offline "to conduct a thorough investigation and to verify the smooth and secure operation of our network services". Still no word on when the service will be available.

"We are doing all we can to resolve this situation quickly, and we once again thank you for your patience," Seybold said in an official PlayStation blog post. "We will continue to update you promptly as we have additional information to share."

This morning, Seybold wrote that "it may be a full day or two before we're able to get the service completely back up and running".

PlayStation Network has 69 million registered accounts worldwide. More than just online multiplayer and access to the PlayStation Store and streaming video content are affected. Certain Capcom downloadable titles such as Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2, require a connection to the PlayStation Network to start up and be played. They are unplayable through this outage.

Seybold's full statement:

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. Providing quality entertainment services to our customers and partners is our utmost priority.

Update On PlayStation Network/Qriocity Services [PlayStation.blog]

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Comments

    Pinnacle example of why a constant internet connection for DRM just doesn't work.

      This will be a lesson learnt and they might split their services across multiple servers/networks/back-up locations. A constant connection for DRM is only going to become more and more viable. =)

    Interesting. I wonder if there is some group behind this or if it is just an individual with too much time on their hands and the right/wrong kind of knowledge.

    As for the above, i live in an area with pretty shoddy internet so always on internet as a requirement for DRM or any other game pretty much strikes it from my buying list.

    Plus if I buy a game I expect to be able to load it up and have a go for nostalgias sake in 15 years time without worrying that the servers are down.
    What would the reaction have been if Super Mario Bros 3 had required a connection and Nintendo pulled the plug?

    it was anonymous who did the strike on psn.

    Well Lord Bob PS shut it down after the intrusion due to the fact that they didnt want someone going after customer info....

    Bob. Anonymous denies the attack and If Playstation suspected them why isnt it posted anywhere?

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