Day 6: Sony PlayStation Network down due to hackers

[Updated story: Sony admits hackers have stolen user info]

It’s been almost a full week and the PlayStation Network is still down.

The network, which has been down since Wednesday and allows 75 million users to play games with friends over the Internet, went down several times in February and March. The network is also used to deliver downloadable games and other static media. Sony’s Qriocity (pronounced “curiousity”) service, which provides streaming video, music and games, is also down.

Sony has not explained what happened exactly, but hackers are apparently behind the recent outage.

Take that hackers!

Take that hackers!

Late Friday, Sony said “An external intrusion on our system has affected our PlayStation Network … .”

External intrusion = Attack by hackers.

When will online gaming resume? Late Monday, a Sony spokesman said “I don’t have an update or timeframe to share at this point in time.”

Protecting the network from hackers has been a lot more difficult than Sony first predicted. Thursday night, Sony said it might only take a full day or two.

Saturday, Sony said “we are working around the clock to bring [the network] 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.”

The hacking group Anonymous, which some had thought may be behind Sony’s problems, say it’s not them. On the group’s Facebook page someone wrote, “ATTENTION: For everyone coming here complaining about the PSN or inquiring about it, We Do Not Know What Happened. This is not the work of Anonymous.”

Sony’s problems are also unrelated to Amazon’s crash, which has crippled many popular websites and online services including Reddit, Foursquare, Quora and Hootsuite.

This is a big blow, especially through the long holiday weekend. Some games can only be played online, and many of the more popular games, such as the “Call of Duty” series, usually have hundreds of thousands of players logging into online firefights.

So, hang up your M16 there won’t be any “Call of Duty” deathmatches until Sony fixes this thing.

As someone says below, sometimes “you get what you don’t pay for.” Time to fire up the Xbox 360.

* Check the PlayStation blog for the latest updates.

1,922 comments Add your comment

You Get What You Dont Pay For

April 22nd, 2011
11:00 am

W T F!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Audriana Rios

April 22nd, 2011
11:05 am

Errrr so lame -_-

George

April 22nd, 2011
11:06 am

I think im gonna trade my ps3 for a 360 this is crazy im tired of all the problems

earls

April 22nd, 2011
11:07 am

why is it a big name name like yours seems to ‘collect’ these problems all the time im tired of going online and waiting for a ‘host’ if they dont have proper connection dont let them play!!! i payed £280 for my ps3 and cant go online!! shouldnt you be prepared for things like this??? xbox dosnt have these problems…. enough said!!!

youngsolider

April 22nd, 2011
11:11 am

wow this really suck i need my call of duty

matt

April 22nd, 2011
11:12 am

hurry up and do the problem out

Wayne's Wife

April 22nd, 2011
11:12 am

This is some BS!!!

CiArAnW324

April 22nd, 2011
11:13 am

Hurry up and fix it, i am gettin bored !!!

badbubba98

April 22nd, 2011
11:14 am

it should be up today becuz it finaly said that it is goin under maitnence when i tryed to sign in and when it says that that means they are makin a update so this dont happen again cuz some stupid hackers try to hack them

youngsolider

April 22nd, 2011
11:14 am

xbox is wack swich ova if u think its better earls

Marcel

April 22nd, 2011
11:14 am

its time 2 to get the 360 now

Aggravated

April 22nd, 2011
11:14 am

Not only is online playing down. But due to their integration you can’t even watch Netflix. Separate the two services dumb asses so at least I can use my ps3 for something online…

Nick

April 22nd, 2011
11:14 am

This is bull, just got socom 4 and I can’t even play it online?

best zombie killer ever

April 22nd, 2011
11:15 am

never I will still play solo on zombies I’ve already got to round 51 on solo

Sue

April 22nd, 2011
11:15 am

@George If you want to pay to be online – go for it, no one stops you.
@earls You should probably think this through before complaining. I hate people like you. There’s no guarantee with technology, especially when you’re using a service that is FREE. And for a free service – it is rather brilliant. If you don’t like it, just get an Xbox and pay monthly… enough said! Stuck up people….

Hope they fix it soon in the mean time i advice people like earls to go get a life till the problem’s fixed.

clynton keel

April 22nd, 2011
11:17 am

hi just wanted to run this link by you
http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1456228/pg1
Amazon cloud hacked bringing down nos of sites, outside source chinese (state) hackers not annonymous. link to play station outage implied…Food for thought???

MB

April 22nd, 2011
11:18 am

Xbox 360 > PS3

More reliable network too. I can’t remember XboxLive having this kind of problem.

Tonya

April 22nd, 2011
11:18 am

Ruined my spring break!!:((

siy

April 22nd, 2011
11:18 am

i think its outrageous that there isnt any commen courtesy to let there yousers no whats goin on an at least an eta time frame every1 i no is thinkin of switchen to xbox as there isnt half the problems with connection an lag on gaming

randyyy

April 22nd, 2011
11:18 am

jordan dunne

April 22nd, 2011
11:19 am

add JORDAN-DUNNE on the psn i no all the glitchs

Co

April 22nd, 2011
11:19 am

Dude it’s not the end of the world!! So wut it’s down a couple of days, still nothing compares to the superior game play PS3 has ova xbox

ryder

April 22nd, 2011
11:19 am

ya sue u tell um.

Outlaw

April 22nd, 2011
11:21 am

I was told about the Playstation Network having these types of problems. I didn’t have a problem til now. Thankfully I have a 360. It’s absolutely right…You get what you dont pay for. Thank you Microsoft for never failing me,it was most definately worth the 50 bucks.

JT

April 22nd, 2011
11:21 am

Hurry up F$%*! The Zombies are running loose !!!!

Big D

April 22nd, 2011
11:21 am

XBOX may not have had this problem but do you remember the rings of death?

Instead of complaining her we need to rally together and wirte to Sony letting them know that we will stop buying ALL there products, not just the PS3 if they dont fig the problem. Start holding big buisness accountable.

-Big D.

Sean

April 22nd, 2011
11:21 am

Hopefully this won’t take too long, anyone thinking of switching to Xbox 360 is an idiot, PS3 is clearly a superior system.

ryder

April 22nd, 2011
11:22 am

mb ur retrded you pay for xbox and ps3 is FREE. and its happened likea couple times. get a life.

Daniel

April 22nd, 2011
11:22 am

Daniel

April 22nd, 2011
11:23 am

Dylan Madigan

April 22nd, 2011
11:23 am

Still better then Xbox, but i wish that this didnt happen. It would also be nice if our PS3s said “maintnance” instead of “error”.

Daniel

April 22nd, 2011
11:23 am

Aaron

April 22nd, 2011
11:23 am

@Big D, your asking alot from a bunch of stoned teenagers who just want their video games to work lmao

ryder

April 22nd, 2011
11:23 am

big d suck on one. its free.

JT

April 22nd, 2011
11:24 am

Mine says its in maintenance now

a-n-o

April 22nd, 2011
11:25 am

make the most of it very soon the ps3 will be like the 360 u will have to pay to go online………………..

12inchesoffun

April 22nd, 2011
11:25 am

Sony has got to ba one of the biggest companys in the world, if they cant deal with a couple little.speccy nerds who think its fun to stop every one who plays playstation online just because they have been bullied a bit then whays the point. Sony should have a massive team who sit there all day trying.to stop this from happening with the money they charge for the console and games they should have this sought of thing covered. Total BS.

Mcrawly200710

April 22nd, 2011
11:25 am

Black opppppsssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

polson12

April 22nd, 2011
11:25 am

plz fix the problem i am ssoooooo board

Spartacus

April 22nd, 2011
11:25 am

I got news for you people, IT IS ALREADY TWO FULL DAYS !!!

IF THIS GOES PAST THIS WEEKEND AS YOUR DUMB REPORT SUGGESTS…

IT WILL BE FIVE FULL DAYS!!!

go learn some math.

AS FOR SONY

WHAT ELSE IS NEW, THEY ARE AND HAVE A,LWAYS BEEN CRIMINAL IN THEIR LYING TO AND TREATMENT OF THE PUBLIC.

PERIOD.

Outlaw

April 22nd, 2011
11:25 am

Its not about it being a big deal,its about a MEGA Company like Sony having a product that doesn’t preform like it is expected to.There is a reason why people shell out the kind of CHING they do for the playstation products,because its a great line of products.Its just disappointing when there are so many problems so often. Granted this is my first expearience with a crash, I have been informed of the consistancy and reoccurance of the problems.

furious styles

April 22nd, 2011
11:26 am

@Sue, Xbox 360 is not monthly. If you can’t muster $30/year, then you’ve not no business being a console user.

Doodlehopper

April 22nd, 2011
11:26 am

360 is a Extremely crazy switch over, YOU Have to PAY FOR ONLINE! That’s the cheepest thing ever. ATLEAST PS3 has more users in the world. Then just USA, 360 only has all in USA, think about that before you switch a 200 + Dollar / Pounds for the cheapest video game system ever made. =)

Troy

April 22nd, 2011
11:26 am

Wow! The network is down, run to the hills! No really, go outside and do something instead of pissing and moaning because you can’t play your call of duty for a couple of days. Man society these days.

RA1PH

April 22nd, 2011
11:27 am

So will we be good sometime today ?

big daddy

April 22nd, 2011
11:27 am

this suks wat do i do during the day

Dadeoishavinfun

April 22nd, 2011
11:27 am

Im dying to play black ops with my kid Mcrawly200710

vicious

April 22nd, 2011
11:28 am

U suck I believed in u Sony. PSNK

MB

April 22nd, 2011
11:28 am

Ryder,

Come on now, no need to start with that. I was offering an opinion, like everyone else. Unlike you, however, I am not going to call someone retarded just because they use a different gaming medium than I do.

You, sir, are the retard.

JT

April 22nd, 2011
11:28 am

I just went outside and there were ZOMBIES !!!!