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
4:57 pm

the psn is back up on around 5′oclock(im on the eastern shore MD)

david

April 22nd, 2011
4:57 pm

@???
there is no count down timer

Cory Joseph

April 22nd, 2011
4:57 pm

I was informed 30Mins ago

jdawg

April 22nd, 2011
4:58 pm

David u are a champ dog how does the thing work with the android phone were u can control ur ps3 with it how do I get that

HackERSSSS

April 22nd, 2011
4:58 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Im alreaady playing online sukas…..

???

April 22nd, 2011
4:59 pm

@david
i meant how much time till psn is back on (srry for the misunderstanding)

david

April 22nd, 2011
4:59 pm

@corey joseph
who were you informed by? i want a direct name and part of company the work at!

Miserable-UK

April 22nd, 2011
5:00 pm

No hardship, TROPHY TIME

yo mama

April 22nd, 2011
5:00 pm

@david
how long till it is up do u know

Msd1518

April 22nd, 2011
5:00 pm

@DAVID
THANKS MATE, ps I love the way you stay so calm :-)
Moan moan whinge whinge just play offline for f11cks sake, it’s only a game it’s not reallity!!! SONY ALL THE WAY BABY  hip hip hooray 

fn8up

April 22nd, 2011
5:00 pm

Playstation has the better exclusive games and you can’t beat free online, I had an xbox and there would be times I couldn’t play online for a week or two cause I couldn’t afford it

Mitch

April 22nd, 2011
5:00 pm

Most people have to use a motom or something, like me, and Im paying 30 bucks a month. Don’t say you get what you don’t pay for.

anon

April 22nd, 2011
5:01 pm

Good bye cruel world my time has come :( my life so empty and null. My death is hither either way. no escaping it but defying it we shall all die on this night. We shall all commit suicide tonight to mark today as the PSNX day we shall make it an official holiday! for our next generation! the gaming companies will never do this again if all just commit suicide

Alex G

April 22nd, 2011
5:01 pm

man yall gamers wise up PS3 is far better it comes with blue ray and free online play .. u cant beat that when gas is 4.21 a gallon lol… i know ppl who have xbox and the got the three ring of death so many times i can’t count…. i had my PS3 since the first 60 gig one and never had a problem with it … give them a chance to fix it dang!!

Traptg6

April 22nd, 2011
5:01 pm

Grow up little crying girls find a life

Cory Joseph

April 22nd, 2011
5:01 pm

I was informed by Henry Gordon and i work on the PSN Updates and Softwares Inc.

chrisc

April 22nd, 2011
5:01 pm

is ps3 working?

Yeah Right

April 22nd, 2011
5:02 pm

Don’t listen to ‘David’ or ‘Cory Joseph.’ I’m the real Sony technician. j/k they’re both probably both FOS

Cory Joseph

April 22nd, 2011
5:02 pm

Who were you informed by David and what part of Sony Inc. do you work on?

JAMIE

April 22nd, 2011
5:02 pm

PS3 is very GOOD NETWORK so please GIVE them TIME to FIX network GO PS 3

xIGuNzz

April 22nd, 2011
5:02 pm

i hope its up 2moz because im so board i sold my xbox about 2weeks ago and this happens

richlfc16

April 22nd, 2011
5:02 pm

so whats the latest news then people does anyone know when we can sing into the network or what????????????????

???

April 22nd, 2011
5:03 pm

when is it back on?

Yeah Right

April 22nd, 2011
5:03 pm

oops, subtract that first ‘both’

Happy Gilmore

April 22nd, 2011
5:03 pm

woohoo back online playing Black Ops

david

April 22nd, 2011
5:04 pm

@cory joseph
i am one of the head computer technicians at Sony inc. and you should have been informed by Bill Collins the executive producer….sorry fake!

Mitch

April 22nd, 2011
5:04 pm

I bet this Cory Joseph person has no idea what he’s talking about.

Cory Joseph

April 22nd, 2011
5:05 pm

Everybody i have just bin informed that PSN will be up and running by today at 6:30pm. We have solved the Problem and are finishing the Updates. Thank You everyone for all the support.

Yeah Right

April 22nd, 2011
5:05 pm

Technicians have producers???

HackERSSSS

April 22nd, 2011
5:05 pm

GO0O0O0O0O0O0O0O0O0 CHECK UR PS3..

yo mama

April 22nd, 2011
5:06 pm

@happy gilmore
no u aint

david

April 22nd, 2011
5:06 pm

@yeah right
the executive producer of the ps3

Msd1518

April 22nd, 2011
5:07 pm

Is it back on??? My wife is now Playing tome raider and won’t give me the controller back!!!! Ha ha ha  god I love her ….

kevin

April 22nd, 2011
5:07 pm

ya same corey if you do really work from there tell david something really important about how pple work in your feild and we’ll see by david if your right

Cory Joseph

April 22nd, 2011
5:07 pm

I’m sorry David for the wrong information. My boss will be contacting Bill Collins.

yz

April 22nd, 2011
5:07 pm

psn down cuz of 4/20 smokefest

Mitch

April 22nd, 2011
5:07 pm

Alright I feel like I’m reading gibberish. At first it’s Saturaday, today, then Saturday again, then today again.

jamie

April 22nd, 2011
5:08 pm

GOD- the best cod clan in europe.

david

April 22nd, 2011
5:08 pm

@cory joseph
did you just go read all my post and switched what you said completely so you don’t seem fake…. as i speak Sony inc. is tracking your computer and you will be found and arrested for fraud. thank you.

HackERSSSS

April 22nd, 2011
5:08 pm

CHECK PS3 GUYS IT WORKS IM IN CANADA

Barack Hussein Obama

April 22nd, 2011
5:08 pm

It’s the Republicans fault! Not only do they hate senior citizens, but they hate kids and have plotted to ruin their weekend! Remember that next November when you vote!

Cory Joseph

April 22nd, 2011
5:09 pm

@Mitch

Dont worry you will be able to play on PSN by 6:30pm.

yz

April 22nd, 2011
5:09 pm

nice david plz arreste that fake mtf n execute him with ps3 controler

Moe

April 22nd, 2011
5:11 pm

David THIS CORY GUY IS FAKE WHAT IS HE TALKING ABOUT!

xPROxy

April 22nd, 2011
5:11 pm

i thought i got banned when i first tryed too sign in

kevin

April 22nd, 2011
5:12 pm

danm david after your ass go DAVID

david

April 22nd, 2011
5:12 pm

@xPROxy
sorry for the inconvenience.

Moe

April 22nd, 2011
5:13 pm

Did u catch that COry Kid

Moe

April 22nd, 2011
5:13 pm

David did u catch the CORY gordon fake guy?

Brick631Squad

April 22nd, 2011
5:14 pm

since PSN is down, i just took my REAL carbine ar 15 with stripper clip out, and started my own match at the mall. It was a pretty good map, but my oppenents sucked! they didnt even use weapons….especially the women and children. BRICK SQUAD ZONE 6!