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

???

April 22nd, 2011
4:45 pm

hey david is it possible to connect ps3 and xbox systems and have a war on which players are better (example= Black ops (ps3) Psn player173 vs (Xbox) Xbox player932)

yo mama

April 22nd, 2011
4:45 pm

ya r u cause i have to yell at them i mean talk to dem;)

Moe

April 22nd, 2011
4:45 pm

Oh ok Feel Better

AudioScythe

April 22nd, 2011
4:45 pm

Wow. You guys are pathetic. Its a free service. Calm down and go get some fresh air.
Xbox is not better because it hasn’t crashed. They simply have the money to prevent it, 60 dollars a year from millions of users is probably gonna make a difference. (Might I also add in the long run your paying more for the Xbox even though its the cheaper console.)
PSN is a free service therefore they don’t have the money for a fast recovery, They don’t owe anything to anyone. Be greatful, Stoned teenagers, Calm down adolescent preteens, you can probably go back to sucking balls at CoD tomorrow.

Brick631Squad

April 22nd, 2011
4:45 pm

It does suck that the playstation network is down, but there is something else you can play with until it’s back up! It’’s called va-gi-na. I know 90% of the males on this blog have yet to experience the thrills of this system, but its well worth finding one that is available. YOUR ALL HERMIT CRABS. Yet, im posting it…..fml

Msd1518

April 22nd, 2011
4:45 pm

PSN all the way, XBOX sucks, tried it once  it really is crap! It looks sh1te and the menu sucks, it’s just  in my opinion! Go Sony  5

jmdabest1

April 22nd, 2011
4:45 pm

is it even working yet>?????????

Dark Avenger91

April 22nd, 2011
4:46 pm

does this affect the psp as well

furbank666

April 22nd, 2011
4:46 pm

fix this i need 2 kick sum ass at GOLF…

???

April 22nd, 2011
4:46 pm

psn is back on around 5′o clock

yo mama

April 22nd, 2011
4:46 pm

@MOE
r u ok bro

Moe

April 22nd, 2011
4:46 pm

Everyone PLAY GTA4 or a racing Game

Moe

April 22nd, 2011
4:47 pm

Yes i am bro? r u ok

texasnyper

April 22nd, 2011
4:47 pm

I’m playing my xbox just until dey fix d problems..once dey fix it I’m going to my ps3 4get xbox….

Dark Avenger91

April 22nd, 2011
4:47 pm

does this effect psp

yo mama

April 22nd, 2011
4:48 pm

@david
r u ok bro at first i sent that to moe lol

Moe

April 22nd, 2011
4:48 pm

lol its iight

anon

April 22nd, 2011
4:49 pm

LETS ALL KILL TO SATISFY OUR HUNGER WITH CALL OF DUTY BLACKS! GRAB YOUR WEAPONS AND SHOOT UP YOUR NEIGHBOR HOOD UNTIL THE SERVERS ARE BACK UP! I NEED TO SHOOT SOMETHING!!!!

david

April 22nd, 2011
4:49 pm

@yo mama
yes i am fine thank you.

yo mama

April 22nd, 2011
4:49 pm

@moe
sorry meant 2 send that 2 david

Msd1518

April 22nd, 2011
4:50 pm

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david

April 22nd, 2011
4:50 pm

@dark avenger91
yes the psn is down completely so yes it does affect psp sorry.

yo mama

April 22nd, 2011
4:51 pm

@ anon
lol good one………..
but dont joke like that cause i just might do dat>:)

???

April 22nd, 2011
4:51 pm

david cant we connect ps3 player to play against xbox players?

david

April 22nd, 2011
4:51 pm

Rock Band Drummer

April 22nd, 2011
4:51 pm

It would happen on a holiday weekend. Sony is losing lots ‘o’ money.

cnomo

April 22nd, 2011
4:52 pm

whoa 65 pages of comments just for this you guys got no type of life go get your douche cause your all still little girls at these games any way SO WATS THE POINT GAME HEADS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mdubbz

April 22nd, 2011
4:52 pm

Pretty sure everyone wont go anywhere …. whos dropping money on an xbox then buying internet access ?? lets be serious …. it does suck but we will all live ….

Youll Live

April 22nd, 2011
4:52 pm

To everyone whose complaining. STOP it. It’s not the end of the world you know. So what if it’s down. So far I’ve been enjoying my single player games let alone being able to access the internet browser is good in my view. Oh no I can’t play COD online, oh no I can’t beat people in Mortal Kombat online, theres more then enough to do in single player and if its boring to you put it on EXPERT god forbid I’m still trying to get through the 2nd stage of story mode in that expert mode. I know many friends who have ps3 and so far they are happy because they have been reminded what it was like before they started being hooked online, we get to go outside and enjoy the weather, spring is here enjoy the sun, go play basketball or soccer anything outside. I guess I had practice with this sort of thing when I moved into my own place and couldn’t afford the net until this month. I went out, I hung out with friends and went out to play games outside. But to be on ps3’s side, stop with the whole bull about 360 being better, I’d prefer to have disconnections rather then pay 60 bucks each year to have online. Like seriously if your a 360 fan why do u have ps3 in the 1st place then? go with your 360 and stop whining about it. I also read someones comment about getting sick and tired of ps3 and that they only have 2 games. WOW. GET MORE. I could write for hours and get hate comments but i’m just pointing out thats theres more to gaming out there. All you 40 year olds get out there and do something.

Msd1518

April 22nd, 2011
4:52 pm

@DAVID
ANY NEWS ON HOW LONG FOR UK MATE?

Traptg6

April 22nd, 2011
4:52 pm

Enter your comments here

will

April 22nd, 2011
4:52 pm

Online might be good on the xbox, but lets be honest they have their problems.

anon

April 22nd, 2011
4:52 pm

LETS ALL CUT OFF OUR DICKS AND SEND TO SONY BY MAIL!!!!!!! THEY WILL GET THE MESSAGE!

kevin

April 22nd, 2011
4:53 pm

is anyones ps3 working now from what i hear there are only a hand full of pple that are online as of right now

Cory Joseph

April 22nd, 2011
4:53 pm

Hello I work at Sony Inc. the PSN will be avalible tommorow at 5:00Pm all of sony staff is very sorry for the delays.

eliase kassa

April 22nd, 2011
4:53 pm

i havnt played cod in 3 days!!!!@!@!!! u sony is becoming worthless.!!!!

HxL_L96-QS

April 22nd, 2011
4:53 pm

if this goes on for too much longer or if it happens more frequently as it is doing i might get a 360 even tho i have never in my life had one thats how annoying this is sony all i want to stay with sony is an estimated time for when it will be back and just to tell me why it is down

david

April 22nd, 2011
4:53 pm

@msd1518
when we are done it should all come back up at the same time or at most about 2 minutes after each other.

hALfbLaCK_INC

April 22nd, 2011
4:54 pm

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

lawl, yeah switch over to the xbox, booting up, OOHHHH WHAT A SHAME IT BROKE, RROD. QQ

the maintenance should be expected anyways… we DON’T pay for it like xbox users do… the hell you expect guys :P

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April 22nd, 2011
4:54 pm

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anon

April 22nd, 2011
4:55 pm

@Cory Joseph

SERIOUSLY!?!?! DAVID SAID TODAY! I SWEAR TO GOD YOU BETTER PICK ONE OR IM GONNA COME TO YOUR HOUSE AND MOLEST YOU UNTIL THE SERVERS R BACK ON!

yz

April 22nd, 2011
4:55 pm

damn u guyz hav stupidz questions… i hate saying imma gamer cuz of the stupidness of almost all u gamers…

???

April 22nd, 2011
4:55 pm

hey david whats the countdown timer say?

eliase kassa

April 22nd, 2011
4:56 pm

dude come on man its spring break!! and tommorw is about 10 hours of day ruineD?! cant they fix today!?

chrisc

April 22nd, 2011
4:56 pm

its been so boring around the house i would go outside but its raining playstiotion please fix the problem

david

April 22nd, 2011
4:56 pm

@cory joseph
when were you informed this….cause i was informed about an hour ago thant it should be back on in about 30 mins to an hour.

Cory Joseph

April 22nd, 2011
4:56 pm

I dont know who this David you are talking about but PSN will be up and running by Saturday 5:00pm. Sorry for the delays. Sony Inc.

Eric

April 22nd, 2011
4:57 pm

To the person that stated, “You get what you don’t pay for”, trust me we are all paying for it some how. Just because we are not paying a subscription fee month to month, those costs are hidden in many of the other features of the PS3 global network. Believe me nothing is for free and Sony is not giving anything away free nor discounted. Just my thoughts……

disgusted

April 22nd, 2011
4:57 pm

this is disgusting a massive company like playstation having to shut down PN for 2 days i for 1 will probably start buying a lot more games for my 360 which i was only using from time to time NOT IMPRESSED SONY!!!!!

kevin

April 22nd, 2011
4:57 pm

well david thanks for all the info you have given me and thats to bad that it wouldnt work out with sony and microsoft but anyway thanks for the updates