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

david

April 22nd, 2011
5:14 pm

@moe
Sony inc is currently tracking him is all i know as of now.

kevin

April 22nd, 2011
5:15 pm

so david i live in chicago and its 4:15pm what time do you hope that is should be running by? and thanks again for the info

Dean Bowditch

April 22nd, 2011
5:15 pm

Come on people its only a couple of days not the end of the world yes it maybe boring add my little nephew fifa_josh92 cheer up peeps :)

yz

April 22nd, 2011
5:16 pm

did the ps3 police arrested that fakeassmtf

Moe

April 22nd, 2011
5:16 pm

When u catch him can u tell us were he lives i would lagh if its around the world?

xPROxy

April 22nd, 2011
5:16 pm

its ok david still a big fan …..jus fix this prob.. k

shane

April 22nd, 2011
5:16 pm

glad im on XBOX live too

david

April 22nd, 2011
5:16 pm

@kevin
between 4:30 and 5:30

John DOE

April 22nd, 2011
5:17 pm

WHAT TIME IS THE PS3 NETWORK DUE TO START AGAIN?

Nancy Pelosi

April 22nd, 2011
5:17 pm

Barack Obama is so hot!

Moe

April 22nd, 2011
5:17 pm

yx i dont think the police because he might live in russia for all we kno it

kevin

April 22nd, 2011
5:18 pm

ok thats not that bad hey as long as u guys are doing your job and getting this done to calm these guys down your doing a good job

Moe

April 22nd, 2011
5:18 pm

David i live in canada its 5:19 u kno when it will come up?

malachi_7

April 22nd, 2011
5:19 pm

WILL THE PLAYSTION BECOME AWARE LIKE SKYNET (TERMINATOR)
THIS PROBLEM IS TESTING MY RELATIONSHIP

A . S

April 22nd, 2011
5:19 pm

why people sayin its workin? mine still not workin.

HURRY UP…

i want play cod.
should get a double xp week end now for the time wasted.

any 1 no how long got wait now??

david

April 22nd, 2011
5:19 pm

about 5:45- 6:45

yz

April 22nd, 2011
5:20 pm

@shane
glad 4 u n ur xbox u look like a nice glichy couple…

johndoe99

April 22nd, 2011
5:20 pm

when I try to sign into PSN I get the message that “PSN is down for scheduled maintenence”, however on Sony’s Blog it states “While we are investigating the cause of the Network outage”, meaning they don’t know what the problem is, these are two conflicting messages.
Come on Sony get it together and give us an apology and an explanation, we all deserve much more.

beez one

April 22nd, 2011
5:20 pm

@hackERSSSS naw amn im in canada and mine is not up yet. TDOT best cod clan out there

Karen

April 22nd, 2011
5:20 pm

Anyone know when the network will be up in the UK?

Andy

April 22nd, 2011
5:21 pm

@ david

Will we get double XP or anything this weekend. Its a holiday weekend and weve had to wait days to play. Seems fair.

imBored

April 22nd, 2011
5:21 pm

david, do you even work for sony?

Alan

April 22nd, 2011
5:21 pm

For god sake listen to use all. go and buy an xbox then u gang of divs. Playstation network is FREE I say FREE go pay monthly and free up some space for us Then. Ye gang of ungreatfull mings

Prince William

April 22nd, 2011
5:21 pm

It is up in the UK as I am playing Black Ops in my bedroom

david

April 22nd, 2011
5:22 pm

@imbored & Andy
no double xp as of now sorry.
and yes i do im one of the head computer and gaming technicians.

John DOE

April 22nd, 2011
5:22 pm

U ROBBED MY NAME U LIL PRICK

Moe

April 22nd, 2011
5:22 pm

Did u find the fake guy?

francisco argueta

April 22nd, 2011
5:22 pm

C´mon maaaaan I need you guyst to fix this problem ASAP since i havent played for two days already, and I have some tournament to finish, This is B***s why are u guys always having problems?

Moe

April 22nd, 2011
5:23 pm

david i thought u said u were a producer?

Jack Mehoff

April 22nd, 2011
5:23 pm

Oh, what to do??

david

April 22nd, 2011
5:24 pm

@moe
no i report to the executive producer bill collins

kevin

April 22nd, 2011
5:24 pm

hey david is there away that you can already be back on because my pal is in chicago and he is back on already and none of my others friends are

A . S

April 22nd, 2011
5:24 pm

it aint up in UK as i still carnt get on.

Moe

April 22nd, 2011
5:25 pm

Cory gordon found?

Larry the cable guy

April 22nd, 2011
5:25 pm

get er done!

david

April 22nd, 2011
5:25 pm

@kevin
i dont know how to explain that to you in simple terms you would understand sorry.

yz

April 22nd, 2011
5:26 pm

lol kevin is retard a bit no his fault

kayla

April 22nd, 2011
5:26 pm

cnomo we supposably have no lives because we we are commenting then why u wrote something ……….. ppl these days just like to talk SH!t

liam

April 22nd, 2011
5:26 pm

is not psn fault its tho f***ing hackers

yz

April 22nd, 2011
5:27 pm

david

April 22nd, 2011
5:28 pm

Everyone, I have been lying to you about working for Sony. I am really BATMAN

liam

April 22nd, 2011
5:28 pm

how long is it of n

gamerraj97

April 22nd, 2011
5:29 pm

@david you are lying

luke

April 22nd, 2011
5:29 pm

yo batman suck your dead nans wooden leg

kevin

April 22nd, 2011
5:29 pm

well try i understand some things with computers enough were i might understand

yz

April 22nd, 2011
5:29 pm

lol david peeps will luv ya…

SANDMAN559

April 22nd, 2011
5:29 pm

you would think they would upgraded their security by now ..

david

April 22nd, 2011
5:30 pm

@ Liam..at least another 3 days..we are sorry for the inconvenience.

theflamingbow

April 22nd, 2011
5:30 pm

I’m done wit PS3 & Call O Duty afta this, more time spent waitin on ‘Host’ or ‘Connection Interruption’ than actual playin time. Money paid and little to no real service, yeah dead on!

liam

April 22nd, 2011
5:30 pm

ha ha luke your funny